For this first repurposing project, I’m going easy and using one of the pockets. The jeans I’m repurposing are carpenter jeans and have these really nice sized back pockets. One thing some of you may like about this project is that there is no machine sewing involved at all! Just a bit of hand sewing, as well as some fabric glue and some iron-ons for embellishments.
I decided to make a little purse for my 5-year-old granddaughter. I cut out one of the back pockets and included the portion of jeans that the pocket was attached to. I also cut along one of the binding seams so that I could use that as a strap for the purse.
I hand sewed the strap piece on to the pocket. Keep a thimble handy as it helps to push that needle through this thick section of fabric.
I had some pink iron-on letters in my supplies and just made it to do my granddaughter’s name, which fit perfectly at the bottom of the pocket. She loves animal print, so I used some of this leopard print ruffle trim I had gotten at Hobby Lobby on clearance a few months ago, knowing I would use it for different things I make for her.
I attached the two pieces I used here with fabric glue (Aleene’s is the fabric glue I like). I usually stick a piece of cardboard between two pieces of fabric when I’m using fabric glue, it keeps it from seeping through to the fabric behind.
Then because I didn’t want anything she might put in it to fall out, I went with a large snap closure, which I also hand sewed in place.
In about an hour I had this cute little purse all done! I did leave it overnight for the fabric glue to dry fully, before presenting it to her.
I looked on Pinterest to find some other items you could make with the pockets. Pot holders.
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Coasters or mug rugs.
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A phone charger holder.
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Or how about a gift card holder.
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And here it is being modeled by it’s happy recipient! With a new baby photo bomb.
So there’s one project down and I still have (practically) the whole pair of jeans waiting to be transformed! I have another easy project coming up for next week.
Kathy- What a really cute idea. Looks like little miss is pretty happy with her new purse. I am laughing at that baby and wondering how in the world she's in that position without falling....lol...must be magic. xo Diana
That little purse turned out so cute! I love all of the other ideas you showed too.
Looks like your granddaughter loves her new little purse I am loving those pink iron on letters, I think I'll see if I can find some at Joann's
So many fun ideas...but I love what you did with it...and obviously so does your adorable granddaughter!
This is adorable and she is styling and striking a pose in that picture. Her smile is ear to ear from her Grandma making her a fancy purse to hole all her items.
The baby is getting big.
It's adorable. They would make great purse organizers for my gigantic purse.
So Cute Kathy. Love this idea and the others you share too. Your grand is adorable and the little one in the background is so precious.
Thanks for sharing. xo
What a fun little project and cute little purse for an adorable little girl! Great other ideas as well! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Cindy
Your granddaughter's smile and fashion modeling of her new purse says it all...Creative Bliss!
Very cute!! Love the trim. She's a doll!
Such cute ideas! Now I need to take the pockets off all our old jeans :)
The purse is adorable and I see your granddaughter loves it too. Love the inspiration pictures. That jean pocket holder for the cell phone is pretty neat. Happy Friday and have a great week end.
Who knew jean pockets could have so many uses. I like yours and you've certainly made that cute little girl happy.
Kathy, this is the cutest idea! I love the idea of adding Eualyse's name too. Your grands are adorable! I think you have a satisfied recipient! Love all the cute ideas for using denim jeans you have shred with us! Have a great weekend!
That's adorable! She looks like she loves it. =)
Well done, Kathy! and what a smiling happy little gal!
This is just about the cutest Jean repurposing I've ever seen! Have you seen Susan's site Denim do over? I haven't checked it out much, but it's dedicated to just this sort of thing.
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