10 Steps on Turning Jeans into a Denim Tote Bag

Jeans to denim tote bag

How many pairs of old jeans do you have? Well, I have at least 5 pairs that I’ve been hoarding keeping just in case I got back down to 115lbs. So, now that I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen, I’ve finally made the decision to move on (with my new comfortable size) and make a denim tote bag. Instead of using a pair of my back-in-the-day size 4 jeans, I used a pair of men’s jeans given to me by my cousin. He’s actually losing weight and dropping sizes so it’s a win/win for both of us!

I got this tutorial from Purl Soho site. Check out their site for a more detailed step-by-step guide with measurements. I am a lazy “eye-baller” type sewer and tend to skip a few steps here and there sometimes, hehe.

Now, let’s get started!

1. Cut up a pair of old jeans. I used the leg pieces to make my bag.

Turning Pants to a Denim Tote

2. Cut out two panels for the body of the bag 16 x 14 inches and cut a 5” wide strip for your handles. I had to cut out four pieces and attach them to make my straps longer.

Jeans into denim tote bag
Optional: Iron on fusible interfacing to the strap pieces to make them stronger. I used fusible featherweight Pellon Style #911FF

Jeans into denim tote

4. Fold strap in half and press the folder. Open the strap and fold sides inward to middle crease. Press down folders. Fold sides onto one another and press with iron

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5. Top stitch both sides of your strap

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6. Attach handles onto the body pieces of the bag by pinning each side of the handle 3 inches from the edge of the panels.

7. Sew a zig zag stitch across the top of the panel and handles.

Jeans into denim tote bag

8. Fold over top of the bag 1” and top stitch across

Jeans into denim tote bag

9. Place wrong sides of panels together and sew up the sides and bottom of the bag.
10. Turn bag on its right sides and rock your new denim tote bag!

Jeans into denim tote bag