Monday, December 13, 2010

Jean Pocket Purse

Been wanting to experiment with jeans and jean pockets, but I didn't want to buy the jeans (even at a thrift store) to do it.  Last week my husband decided 3 pairs of his jeans were junk (too many holes) and decided to pitch them.  I rescued them and went to cutting on them.  The above purse was made out of one of the back's how it went together...
1. Cut the pocket out of the pair of jeans leaving a strip of cloth around the pocket:
 2. Stamped the butterfly on the pocket with Versa Mark
3. Embossed the image with pink embossing powder (You didn't actually think my husband wore pink butterflies on his jeans did you?)
4. Cut two pink pieces of flannel  using the pocket as a pattern and one piece of cotton batting slightly smaller
5. Layered flannel, batting, flannel - right sides facing out ---
6. Sewed a star pattern through all the layers to hold the batting in place
7. Turned the top down and hemmed
8. Chose lace/ribbon -- sewed this to the top of the jean pocket --- CAREFUL - don't stitch the layers together or there will be NO POCKET!
9. Placing right sides together - sew the flannel backing to the jean pocket
10. Before sewing across the top - insert ribbon for a handle
You're Finished!
Here's a view of the back of the purse --- soft pink flannel....
Very easy and fast to whip up with endless possibilities for decorating!
This post is linked to Take a Look Tuesday


Christa said...

How cute! And if I had known you needed jeans pockets, I think I have about 100 around here. :) My guys wear out their jeans pretty fast!

I never knew you could emboss on fabric. That is so neat!! Do you know if it would hold up to washing?

Esther Asbury said...

Thanks for the offer --- I might take you up on it when I run out of the six pockets I have!
As to the embossing -- it was an experiment, and it turned out quite well I thought!
Not sure if it will hold up to washing, but I didn't figure people wash their purses all that often! (Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever washed a purse unless I was making a rag purse and needing to produce the rag look!)
Guess you could try it on something little that didn't matter before doing it on something you would be washing frequently.

Vicki said...

This is an adorable project! My daughter loved it when I shared it. I didn't know you could emboss on fabric either. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by today. So nice to meet you.

Anonymous said...

This is so cute! I am actually working on a sewing organizer using old jeans and am keeping my fingers crossed that it'll turn out. Great job.

Elisabeth @ Treasuring the