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Video:Make a Handbag From Old Jeans

with Susan Nixon

If you have an old pair of jeans, you can transform them into a denim handbag with just a few quick and easy steps. See how it's done.See Transcript

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Transcript:Make a Handbag From Old Jeans

Hi, I’m Susan Nixon with About.com and I’m here to show you how to make a bag out of an old pair of jeans and a scrap piece of fabric.

Open the Leg of an Old Pair of Jeans

So I’m going to take the scrap piece of fabric on my cutting board which is a rotary cutting matte. And I’m going to put it pretty side down. Then I’m going to open up a leg of the old jeans. And to do that we’re just going to make a little cut, right along the seam. And I’m just cutting with a pair of scissors and then I’m going to give it a tug. And you’ll see this rip. And you’ll see this will give you a great big piece of fabric to work with. Isn’t that great, look? So now the leg of that jean is going to become the outside of our bag.

Overlay Pattern on Jeans

The next thing we need is a pattern. I’ve just drawn a piece of paper a pattern that is 7 inches wide by 14 inches long. To hold my pattern down before I cut it, we actually use lead washers. So I’m going to set the lead washer down, I have a couple of them different sizes.

Use a Rotary Blade to Cut Jeans

And then to cut the pattern out, we’re going to use a rotary cutter. This is just like an exacto knife only it’s in the shape of a pizza cutter and it’s called a rotary cutter. So I turn my cutter on, expose the blade then you just push down. Make sure you have a matte under you to protect any table surface cause you don’t want to leave this impression on the table. Now, just like that, my pattern piece is all cut out. And you’ll notice I didn’t use any pins.

Sew the Bag Together

Now we’re sitting at the surger, and this a machine that has 4 cones of thread. And it’s the one that sews, cuts and finishes all in one step. So here we go. So to get started there’s not even a reverse. You slide your fabric under and let’s go. So we’re going to do the last side.

So now, all the edges are finished.

The last step is to sew on a regular sewing machine. I have a rubber band set up for a straight line. Reverse at the end to tie your not and we’re done.

Add Snaps to Bag

So now we’re going to put snaps on. We want to fold this to find the center. Poke the back one through. Then we put this on top. And then grab it and then push. And then we go do the bottom one. Same thing. So we fold this down, see where that goes. Mark and crunch. Then we snap. Done.

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