Little girls love to carry handbags!
Do you have old jeans or shorts that you are going to throw out? STOP! You can turn them into a cute, small pocket handbag. The bag is the perfect size for your little fashionista to carry some money, lip gloss, tissues and other small items. You can also make the pocket into a small pouch or change purse by just leaving off the strap.
This project only requires simple sewing skills so beginners and kids can sew this project.
For more projects using old jeans and clothes, visit our Denim Jeans and Skirt Craft page for lots of information and tutorials.
Watch this video and read on to for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to make a adorable pocket handbag.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Old Jeans or Old Clothes with Pocket
- Sewing Machine
- Basic Sewing Supplies
STEP 1: CUTTING JEANS
Remove the back pocket from jeans, by first cutting the jeans close to the leg seam. By cutting close to the leg seam, the leg fabric can be used to make a handbag strap and backing.
STEP 2: REMOVE BACK POCKET
Cut the back pocket out of the jeans leaving about 1/2" of fabric all the way around it.
STEP 3: POCKET BACKING
With the pocket piece as a template, cut the backing for the handbag.. To do this, place the cut-out pocket on the denim fabric with right-sides together. Cut around the pocket.
STEP 4: STRAPS
Get creative with the straps. The straps can be made out of fabric, denim, ribbon, belt cording or spool knitted cord.
To make the strap from the denim leg fabric, cut a strap 2" wide and as long as possible. Fold in half lengthwise and iron crease in the center. Open fabric and fold the two raw edges to the crease in the center and press. Fold the pieces together and stitch close to the edge. Scrap fabric can also be used to make fabric straps. .
Pin the strap along the top edge of the pocket making sure not to twist it. Then, gather the strap together and pin in the middle of the pocket; so as you sew the pieces together, the strap won't get caught in the seam.
STEP 5: PINNING BACK AND FRONT TOGETHER
Place the pocket front and backing piece with right sides together and pin.
STEP 6: SEWING
At the sewing machine, position the piece with the pocket stitching showing. Using a straight stitch, stitch around the outside of the pocket close to the pocket stitching leaving a 3 to 4 inch opening at the bottom. This opening will be used to turn the pocket right side out.
STEP 7: TURNING
Turn pocket right side out through the opening.
STEP 8: CLOSE OPENING
Tuck the raw edges along the bottom inside the opening and with a sewing machine stitch the opening closed. The mini handbag is complete.
The pocket handbag can be embellished, if you wish.
This fun, easy project is a great bazaar or craft show item. They can be uses as gift card bags or as party favors.
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