DIY Denim Weekender Bag

Out with the old, in with the new! When it’s time for a new pair of jeans, don’t throw out your old, worn pair – upcylce them! This week, we teamed up with Brit + Co to turn an old pair of jeans into a practical and stylish weekender tote!

What you need


What you need

  • Used Cotton Jeans
  • Two Used Belt
  • Rivets
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pins

Let's Get Started

Step 1

Gather all materials. Make sure you use cotton-rich denim!

Step 2

This bag is sturdy and fashionable and super easy to make. All you need are a few basic sewing skills. 

Step 3

Lay out your cotton-rich denim jeans and cut off one leg at 19 inches.

Step 4

Snip down the seam and unfold the fabric.

Step 5

Do the same thing to the other pant leg and then place them on top of each other.

Step 6

Along the bottom of the fabric measure a 10-inch section right in the center.

Step 7

Cut up towards the top corners at an angle.

Step 8

You’ll wind up with a trapezoid.

Step 9

Next cut out the sides and bottom of the bag.

Step 10

Measure and cut the top part of one pant leg at 19 inches.

Step 11

Cut up the seam and unfold the leg just like you did for the face of the bag

Step 12

Then measure and cut out two long rectangles that are 3 ½ x 19 inches.

Step 13

For the bottom, repeat this process but cut one strip that is 3 ½ x 11 inches (this gives you an extra inch for the seam).

Step 14

Now it’s time to pin this puppy.

Step 15

We decided to use the inside of the jeans as the outside of the bag, but you can use whichever side you want (or both if you want to mix it up).

Step 16

Pin your bag together.

Step 17

Remember the after you sew you will flip the bag inside out, so be sure to pin your bag with the inside out

Step 18

Once the bag is ready to go, get sewing!

Step 19

Step 20

After it's sewn, flip it inside out.

Step 21

Time to add the straps. Get your belts, awl, hammer and rivets. Place your belt on one side of the bag and puncture a hole with your awl exactly where you want your rivet to be.

Step 22

Add the male side of the rivet, pushing it through both the belt and fabric.

Step 23

Then add the female side to the back.

Step 24

Give it a good whack with your hammer. Add more rivets to secure the belt (we used four but you can add as many as you want.)

Step 25

Affix a second belt to the other side and you’re done!

Step 26

Thanks again to our pals at Brit + Co for helping us with our Cotton DIY Series! 

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