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Recycled Denim Heart Purse

Posted on January 26, 2008

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have crafted some recycled denim heart purses.
Here are two of my creations.
HeartPurses

I want to provide a tutorial on how to make these easy and cute little purses. I have included the following picture tutorial for your use so you too can take those old jeans and turn them into some wonderful re-purposed purses.

First I made a heart template with paper. My paper heart is 6-3/4″ wide by 7-1/2″ long. You can make yours larger or smaller as desired. My finished heart purses measures 6″ x 7″. Cut 2 denim hearts from an old pair of jeans and 2 fabric hearts. Put right sides together as shown using one denim heart with one printed fabric lining heart.

Heart1 Click on any of the photos to view in larger size

Pin and stitch around the hearts using a narrow hem. Leave a small opening in your heart at the lower edge for turning. Clip and trim seams. Turn right sides out through the small opening. Push out all edges so your heart is shaped nicely. Press and turn the opening hole seam in to match sewn seam. You should now have two hearts, one side denim and the other side is the lining.
Heart2 Fabric side of heart pressed out before and after.

Heart3 Denim side of heart shown before and after.

Pin the two hearts together with denim sides facing out. The printed fabric lining will be inside your purse. I added red stones on one purse as embellishment before stitching the hearts together. This purse has a strap that was made by cutting a 2″ wide piece of denim for the purse strap. My strap is 28″ long. I pressed and folded it over twice to enclose all the unfinished edges. Stitch down the center to finish the strap. Insert the ends of the strap just inside the side edge of the heart and pin in place. Stitch slowing around the heart starting at the top edge where strap starts. Because you are stitching through both layers of hearts, make sure you’re using a denim sewing machine needle. Stitch down and around the heart edge to the other side where strap is inserted.

Here is a picture shown using a shorter strap. It was cut from a side hem piece and measures 9-1/2″ long. On the 2nd purse, I inserted this short strap inside the lining and the denim before I stitched it in place. That way the unfinished ends do not show.
Heart4 Click on photos to enlarge

Here is the other denim heart purse shown with a magnetic closure and lace trim. The closure and lace were put in place in the first step when you pin the denim heart to the fabric heart.
Heart5

Finished inside picture shown here of both purses.
HeartPurseInside

There are many different variations that can be used in making these heart purses. I have shown you just a few options with some embellishments. Be creative — add additional decorations to your recycled denim purse to make it a special Valentine’s Day gift.

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19 Responses to “Recycled Denim Heart Purse”

  1. Lesalicious
    Jan 26, 2008

    Love the heart purses oh so cute. Great job very unique for Valentines day.


  2. Helix
    Jan 27, 2008

    Nice work! Your creativity is impressive. I am trying my best to use my own bag while buying things to reduce the usage of plastic bags.

    Regards.


  3. Cindy
    Jan 27, 2008

    Lesa: Thanks so much for the nice comment.

    Helix: Great job using a reusable bag for shopping. It truly does help!


  4. meghnak
    Jan 30, 2008

    Hi Cindy,
    This is soo beautiful. U’ve let ur creativity blossom! By the way, u’ve been tagged by me in one of my earlier post. Do check it out!

    Let the creativity soar…Keep smiling ๐Ÿ˜€


  5. Susanno
    Jan 30, 2008

    Imagine a girl with a pony tail, red shirt, white jeans and red shoes with the last two hand bag….. ๐Ÿ˜›


  6. Andrea
    Jan 30, 2008

    These are really cute and I think that my little girl would love one. You come up with so many ideas!


  7. Stephanie
    Jan 31, 2008

    Oh those are so cute. I know my little girl would love those!


  8. Anita
    Feb 01, 2008

    LOVE the heart purses! You are so creative!


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  10. Helen Wilsher
    Feb 04, 2008

    Can your patterns be copied free of charge. I liked the heart purse made out of denim, but could not print it out. Thanks for your help, Helen


  11. Cindy
    Feb 04, 2008

    Helen,
    Yes my patterns can be used for private, personal use. Just use your browser to print the pages. Let me know if you need any more help. Thanks for your interest in my crafts.


  12. Some cute ideas– and for year-round, too, not just Valentine’s day.

    Of course, for me to make a purse out of my old jeans, I would have to be realistic and give up thinking I’ll actually FIT in those jeans again. (Haha) But that sort of issue goes beyond the scope of a tutorial. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Talina
    Feb 05, 2008

    Adorable idea! Very cute..


  14. Jojo
    Feb 09, 2008

    This is a great idea. My husband has junk jeans. I could make a pretty purse out of them. :)))

    Live Love Life – Jojo


  15. jesie
    Feb 13, 2008

    Cindy,
    You’re so creative to make those pretty heart-shaped purses just before Valentine. I’m sure many crafters will be well-pleased with your contribution.


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  18. thermal energy
    May 10, 2008

    I love these bags and my daughter is going to love helping me make them. Great post.


  19. Amy
    Feb 25, 2009

    Thanks for the ideas! There are also a lot of cute bag ideas at:
    http://shop.yumetenpo.jp/goods/goodsList.jsp?st=wowo-net.com&category=1:1&action=category

    The page is in Japanese, but you can enjoy the pictures. This lady takes apart jeans to make her bags. She has a page showing how to take jeans apart, and recommends Levis as being the easiest to rip apart (because you can just pull a thread and get them apart fairly easily.) Once the seams around the rear are removed,the pieces are flat and easy to use for bag designs.

    Oh–the page on how to rip apart jeans is here:
    http://wowo-net.com/yume_purchase.html

    She also sells patterns and bags elsewhere site, but I visited for the ideas. I have no connection to this company. I was just doing google searches in Japanese because Japanese sites have lots of good ideas.

    Now, off to find some Levis!

    Amy



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