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Put your old jeans to good use with this collection of over thirty free denim bag and purse patterns, tutorials, and diy sewing projects gathered from all over the web!
Sew a bag or purse from denim when you need a sturdy, durable, casual bag that will stand up to lots of use and abuse. Plus, not only will sewing a bag from old jeans save you from the need to purchase new fabric, the old denim will be softer and nicely broken in. Plus, you'll be able to feel good about your old jeans not taking up space in a landfill.
And because denim is such a thick fabric, sewing with it can be a bit tricky. Therefore, here are some tips for working with denim that you may find helpful: Make sure to use sharp scissors when cutting your denim to prevent hand fatigue. And if your denim is extra thick, you may want to cut it in a single layer instead of doubling the fabric.
Use a brand new, heavy duty, denim needle in your sewing machine which will be able to pierce the layers of the thick denim easily and without breaking. And you may want to use a longer stitch length. For sewing over extra bulky seams, you may want to use a "hump jumper" or "jean-a-ma-jig" to make the task easier. And because denim frays easily, finish your seams by either zigzagging or serging the raw edges, or encasing the raw edges within a flat-felled seam. And trim your seam allowances (and clip curves and corners) to cut down on bulk. Also, to reduce bulk, press your seam allowances open when possible. And when you do press your denim fabric, use a high heat setting and lots of steam.
And since denim is so thick, and working with any thick fabric can be challenging, it may not be the best fabric for a beginner to try to sew.
And you may want to check out the Denim Projects page for even more denim inspiration.
Also, this page may contain affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase something from one of these websites (but the patterns linked to should be free).