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« on: June 13, 2004 01:37:52 PM »

If you're fond of making old jeans into cutoffs or reconstructing them into skirts, then you know that when you're done, you end up with the bottoms of pant legs lying around. I decided to take the bottom of a pair of jeans and turn it into a purse!



It's about as easy as you can get, since the side seams are already sewn, and the bottom (which becomes the top of the purse) is already hemmed. Basically, all you need to do is sew up the one raw edge (which becomes the bottom of the purse), add a handle, and decorate! I added a couple of other pieces of denim, frayed slightly to give a worn effect, and a collection of buttons as decoration, all sewn on by hand with contrasting thread. For the handle, I used an old belt that I wore as a kid, which was basically just cotton webbing with a sliding buckle that I left on because I thought it looked fun --- but you could use almost anything.
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2004 01:51:47 PM »

Cute bag & awesoe recycling!  Very cool you used a belt from when you were a kid

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2004 06:21:12 PM »

neato!

I remember making a purse at this daycare thing when iwas in 4th grade. they cut off the legs and used the "bum" part as the main bag bit, but i like your idea a lot better!
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2004 08:50:26 PM »

using the belt also makes the strap adjustable, good idea. i love stuff decorated with buttons.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2005 08:15:26 AM »

The button decor is really cool!
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2005 06:33:42 PM »

Love the colors. The belt strap adds a needed bunch of color and texture. I like the buttons, too! I tried something similar with an army green pair of pants. Your's turned out great!!
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2005 01:41:23 PM »

these bags are always fun to make.  I like how you added the buttons to decorate.  Cute idea Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2005 07:51:34 AM »

That looks great! I'm currently making one with cut outs of blue lace on it. Somehow I dont think mine will look anywhere near as good as yours, but it's fun to do anyway.

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2005 06:22:43 PM »

Hey that looks great.  But is there a reason why you flip it upside down to make the bottom of the pant leg the top of the purse?
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2005 01:15:48 PM »

Happy to see this thread gettin' some action! I'd love to see other people's versions of this idea...

But is there a reason why you flip it upside down to make the bottom of the pant leg the top of the purse?

Simple. Laziness! The bottom hem is already a finished edge, so the ONLY seam that needed sewing was the raw/cut edge that became the bottom of the purse. If I'd used the pant leg the right way up, I'd have had to make a bottom seam AND hem the top. (For the record, I handsewed this at a time when I was away from my sewing machine, so the fewer seams, the better!) Anyway, I was happy to preserve the original hem-stitching, since that's part of what makes the purse so obviously (and, IMHO, enjoyably) reconstructed... Otherwise it's just an ordinary denim bag!
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