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Free Jean Tote Instructions

Free Jean Tote Instructions

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These Recycled Jean purses sell for as much as $75.00. You can make yours for free in practically no time at all! The back and side pockets can be used to store a cell phone, eyeglasses, change purse, etc. Keys can be hung off the belt loops for easy accessibility. Using an old pair of jeans - MEN'S for large tote, WOMEN'S for medium tote and CHILD'S (about a size 7) for a just right size purse. 1. Cut jeans where legs start as in example.

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Cut front apart at crotch ( not quite all the way up to the zipper placket). Trim this curved edge as straight as possible, turn wrong side out and stitch, or glue using a fabric glue, such as “Fabric Tac”. You may or may not need to make these same adjustments to back seam, also. 
 2. With the jeans wrong side out, stitch or glue the both edges closed using 1/2” seam allowance.  Optional: At each corner, stitch diagonally, starting the stitch about 1” from the pointed corner.

recycle jeans This creates a nicer, rounded look to the outside of the purse. The cut edges of these seams can be finished with a machine zig- zag stitch or by using “Fray- Check”- a liquid finish that prevents fabric edges from fraying.  Available at sewing supply stores.  

3. Cut 2 straps, each 3 1/2” x 29” from remainder of legs. You may need to use another a pair of jeans if legs are too short.

4. Press each strap in half lengthwise, right side out. Turn long cut edges under 1/2” , press down with iron and pin together. Stitch these edges together or use fusible hemming tape (for heavy fabric) or fabric glue.

5. On front of purse, pin one strap inside the waistband, about 1/2” away from the side. Hand stitch, using very strong thread, or machine stitch several times. Sew the other three straps the same way. 

6. Decorate your purse using the Coyote Appliqué, or use fabric flowers, discarded jewelry, sequins and beads. Add a fancy belt through the belt loops and turn this into a really unique and fun purse.  This purse was made using a miniature wood fence and a wood train.

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recycle jeans

Jewels were added to the top of the wood forming a fancy train track. A Bandana through the belt loops further added to the railroad design Most supplies can be found in craft shops.

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