Monday, June 4, 2012

Jeans to Tote Bag

 This is for  30 Days of Creativity and the theme for Day 4 is Trousers, so I decided to turn a pair of jeans into a girly tote bag.   I used tulle as an accent through the belt loops but any fabric or even a belt could be used.

Items used:
  • Jeans or pants with belt loops
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Rope 
  • Tulle (off of a roll from the Dollar Store - approx. 12 inches wide  & 3 yds)

Cut pants off straight across above the crotch.

Zigzag around all edges to prevent fraying.

Turn inside out and pin together at the bottom and stitch 5/8 inch away from the edge.  Trim corners and turn right side out.

For the handle, I cut 2 pieces of rope a little over a yard long each and sewed to the pants 3 inches away from each edged on each side.  If the rope you use is polyester, you can seal the edge using a lighter or candle before applying to the jeans.

Cut the tulle at a diagonal on the edges, thread through the loops and tie in a bow.

Linking up to:


  1. A fabulous refashion!!! Your bag looks great with tulle making the perfect bow. Thanks for sharing @ Threading My Way

  2. These are gorgeous!!! I love this purse and would wear it proudly! The tulle makes it look so pretty and girly :)

  3. Hi Kathryn, I've featured your jeans to tote bag today...