In this project, all my favorite things: denim, a cute purse, upcycling, awesome fabrics and even beads! It's no secret, I love making purses and I looove a challenge. A couple of months ago, one of my friends sent me a few ripped jeans done in by her children after I ran out of old jeans. The first transformation was the twirl skirt for Bug. This is the second pair, which had been cropped just below the knee before landing in my stash, so there was no extra to work with.
The little embroidered flowers gave me the color scheme : denim + pink + chocolate brown.
I cropped the pants a bit below the crotch and recreated a straight seam after cutting off the excess fabric. Then I cut a piece of denim to make the bottom of a bucket shape bag.
Then I made the lining using the same measurements with the damask, adding 2 inside pockets from the last of the pant legs. Yes it's been used to the last scrap.
I generally put magnetic snaps for handbag closures but for a bucket bag it didn't really work out so I opted for a draw-string closure made with ribbon and beads.
Old ripped jeans : zero dollars
Ribbon and fabrics from my stash... hmm about $3 dollars
Giving new life to old jeans : priceless!