With the way my girls out grow clothes we always seem to have old pants and jeans lying around. If they are in good condition we donate them, but many times, they have holes or stains. If this is the case at your house, you can also make something from jeans you might normally trash. Below are the directions for no sew blue jean pocket purses. These cute little jean purses are fun to make and easy to give them unique touches children love.
Old Blue Jeans (They can be any size; the pockets can be plain or already have a design on them)
Heavy Duty Scissors (They have to be strong enough to cut through denim)
Hot Glue Gun
Tacky Glue or Fabric Glue
Items For Purse Straps:
Old Fabric Belt
Purse Strap (You can re-purpose one from a purse that is no good)
Iron On Patches
Using your heavy-duty scissors, you cut around the back pockets out of your pair of blue jeans. The jeans can be any size. You will see in our completed craft photos one is from my young daughters jeans, and another is from my women’s pair of Levi’s. Be sure to cut out the entire pocket, including the back part. For the purse, you will need both sides. Also, allow about an extra ½ inch of fabric at the back of the pocket at top. You will fold this down into the pocket later to make the edge straight. This will also keep the blue jean material from fraying. Once you have trimmed around the jean pocket use your fabric glue to fold the extra flap of material down into the pocket. Use a heavy book to weight it down, allow it time to dry thoroughly.
This step is optional how you decorate them depends on your personal taste. If your jean pockets already have a design you like, or have a designer name like Levi’s, you can move on to the next step. This step is a great way to make each jean pocket purse unique for your child.
Using your hot glue gun you can add a patch, rhinestones or a large plastic flower. My youngest daughter is very girly. We took a black boa I purchased for under $6 at our local craft store. We cut a piece that was three inches in length and hot glued it across the top front of the pocket. Be cautious when you glue it to the back of the jean pocket, we all know how dangerous a hot glue gun can be. A trick I use is taking a pencil to help push the boa into the glue, this way your fingers will not be burnt. My tween daughter is in a phase now where she does not like anything to frilly. For her blue jean pocket purse, we used one pocket from my old Levis, and we left the front plain.
For the straps, we completed my youngest daughters using some more of the black boa. I cut a piece about twenty inches long and hot glued the ends to the back of the pocket. That is all there was for hers, no sewing it is that easy. For the straps for my older daughters, we recycled an old belt that she no longer wore. The belt is a braided fabric belt and the muted aqua colors looks great with the Levi’s pocket. I cut the end where the belt buckle is so I could remove it. The belt after cutting off the buckle was 30 inches long. Again using the hot glue, I attached the recycled belt to the back of the jean pocket to make the purse straps.
These no sew blue jean pocket purses are easy to make and fun for your girls to carry. They are different and perfect for playing dress-up. It is also an inventive way to re-use and recycle old jeans instead of throwing them in the trash. There are not huge so they cannot hold a ton of stuff but they are fun and make a cool statement.