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The Girl Purse from Upcycled Jeans

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Author Corativity
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The Girl Purse is a quick and easy purse made from a pair of old jeans. The pockets on the original jeans become places for holding treasures in the new purse. This pattern includes instructions for making two types of belts. You can choose the basic cotton belt, or a knit belt with a lovely, curled, or "lettuce" hem. And yes, you can make that hem on your sewing machine! The pattern shows you how.

by Aerybeth
on September 26th, 2013

My girls love it! so fun!!! easy to understand for little girls too! We also used webbing for straps and used shorts too!

by Mitchell, Lynn
on September 16th, 2013

super easy love it!

by Corneille, Allison
on September 22nd, 2012

Fabulous way to use up old jeans! We even went to the op shop to get more =D

by Shelby's Jeans
on September 19th, 2012

I have recently started a new business using upcycled denim to make baby bibs, aprons and purses. I cannot wait to add these adorable purses to my inventory. I have reviewed the instructions and they seem fairly straightforward.

by Barron, Alice
on June 12th, 2012

Great way to use outgrown jeans. Very clear instructions.


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One pair of old jeans (I prefer children’s sizes for the Girl Purse, but teen or adult sizes will also work). If you don’t have any, they’re pretty easy to find at thrift stores, and you can often find them with fun embellishments already on the pockets. Just be sure to look for a pair with belt loops if you are going to include the belt.
Seam Gauge and Measuring Tape
4” wide by about 40” long piece of cotton OR 2” wide by about 40” piece of knit for the belt (these pieces might need to be a little longer if you start with adult-sized jeans)
Tube turner (if you are making the cotton belt)

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