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Making a Denim Tote bag / How to Sew a Denim Tote Bag from an Old pair of Jeans


Don't know what to do with those old jeans that don't fit anymore?  Here's a cute idea... a denim tote bag.


You can make this adorable denim handbag from an old pair of jeans!

How to make a Cool Denim Tote Bag


First get an old pair of jeans and cut off the legs just below the pockets as shown in the photo.

Once you have the fabric you want for making your denim tote bag, cut a strip that will fit around the bottom of your jeans you just cut.  Cut a strip 8" X the width of the bottom of your pants. Sew the strip seam down the 8" side as shown in the photo. Your strip will now be a circle.

Pin the circle strip you just made and the bottom of the jeans you just cut PRETTY SIDES TOGETHER as shown in the photo.

Here is another photo from a different angle of what the pretty sides together would look like. Stitch the seam.
Pull the fabric ends together and pin pretty sides together.  This is going to be the bottom of your bag. Stitch the seam and then zigzag the edges as shown in the photo.
To corner off the bottom of your bag, fold as shown in the photo, and stitch as shown in the photo.  Do this to both sides.
Cut 2 strips of fabric 4" X 20".  Pin the length of each strip pretty sides together. Stitch.  Turn pretty sides out. Press. Pin and stitch the handles to each side of your bag.

Your denim tote bag is done.

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