Funky Jeans Bag



Recycle an old pair of jeans into a funky bag with this tutorial by Stefi Luca. Use a bright fabric like the red fabric pictured for the lining and embellishments.

Jeans Bag


  • Pair of worn out jeans
  • Linen for lining
  • Matching thread



When you have all the materials at hand, we can proceed to the next step.


Level the top edges of the waistband and pin them together. Cut the jeans a few inches under the crotch point. Then separate the front and back sides at the crotch area.


Sew the front legs (as to cover what used to be crotch area), which will make your short jeans look like a skirt.


Turn the jeans inside out, pin again the top edges of the waistband on the wrong side and sew the bottom. Cut out the remaining fabric, after sewing.


Lay the jeans on the folded linen and cut it along the line of the jeans: 1 inch exceeding the waistline. Sew the linen on the wrong side. Before sewing you can add some inner pockets if you wish, if not – no biggie as there are plenty of outside pockets.


I applied two inner pockets, one regular and one phone pocket to which I added a lid. I followed my dad’s suggestion when seeing my green bag: “What if you turn your bag upside down looking for something inside, your phone may drop down”.


Cut two strips out of the jeans legs and two out of the linen. I wanted really long straps so I created one strap from one strip and a half. Sew them and get two lined straps.


Place the straps between the jeans and the lining and sew them all together. Add a fastening device. I have first thought of sew-on snaps but finally gave in for an easier solution.

It’s time now to use the last ingredient, your imagination, to give the bag the last really nice touch into the funky spirit.

Here we have a funky scrap bag.

Finished Jeans Bag

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Apr 20, 2014

Gorgeous bag, lovely tutorial.


Mar 10, 2014

I made this as a school bag with one of my old jeans. My daughter loves it since she picked the color that went inside as a liner. Thank you, Stefi Luca for creating such an easy tutorial to follow.


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Jan 26, 2014

Glad I found this. I've actually made one along time ago. Didn't line it though and the strap is really bad. Now I can fix the one I have.


Sep 23, 2013

great idea.....love this pattern


Sep 7, 2013

Love this pattern! I had just recently had been looking for a good one... My searching is over. Thanks


Jul 31, 2013

I made it for my daughter, and had to do one for myself. Comes out really pretty with embellished jean pockets too! Sparkle in style. Also this is the best use of the top part of the jeans, since I use the legs to make pencil pouches with snaps or zippers.


Jul 8, 2013

This is awesome, I made two of these. I only used one strap though. For closing, I made a piece of material to button on the button and I used to snaps,


May 5, 2013

So cute! I love how you used the lining fabric to edge the front pockets for a really put-together look. Very elegant for a funky, trash-to-treasure accessory!


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