Little Jean Pocket Purse

purse back full view purse

Preamble

Unlike most of my patterns, I came upon this idea while just winging it. I had a pair of old jeans from my best friend's hubby, and thought that the pockets would be cute for a purse. You will need to find a pair of jeans that will give you enough finished fabric, as well as a contrasting fabric for the lining and the flap. Since your bag size may be different based on the jean pocket, I will not be providing specific fabric requirements here.

Supplies

  1. One pair of old jeans with pockets intact
  2. One 1" square of velcro"
  3. Contrasting fabric for lining (your size will vary)
  4. Decorative Button

Fabric Cutting Instructions

Specific fabric sizes/quantity are not specified. These dimensions will vary based on the size of the pocket you use. The pocket I used came from a man's pair of levi's, probably size 34".
Determine the size of the bag based on the dimensions of the pocket. You will want to use the pocket for the back of your bag.

You will need at least 1/2 - 1" on either side of the pocket for seam allowances, and approximately 1.5 - 2" above and below the pocket.

Now, based on those dimensions, cut a facing piece of denim, and two lining squares. For our example, we will be using the dimensions 8.5" x 10". You will also need one piece of denim, and one piece of lining fabric for the flap, 7.5" x 8.5".

For the straps, you will need 3" x length of your choice. (I used 20" for this young child size bag.)

Straps

Jean Purse

Lining

Sewing The Lining to the Jean Purse

Attach The Straps

Preparing the Flap

Attaching the Flap to the Bag

Voila, a finished bag. Wasn't that easy? ;-)



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