DIY Denim Handbag with an Upcycled Leather Belt Strap

An upcycled DIY Denim Handbag using old jeans pockets, scrap fabric offcuts and an upcycled leather belt strap! Fun reuse project!


– back pockets from old jeans – Several small panels of scrap fabric  – Iron on Firm Bag Interfacing – Two Fat Quarters of cotton fabric for the lining – zipper – old belt & belt buckles

Step 1: Outer Bag Panels

I started by sewing one jeans pocket above the other to form one half of the front of my bag.

I then made the second half of the front of the bag using another pocket and some of my fabric scraps. I was trying to end up with the two halves the same height.

I then sewed the two halves together by placing the panels right sides together and sewing with a 1/4" seam.

Step 2: Interfacing (optional)

I used a firm iron on interfacing on the wrong side of each panel. I left a gap around the edges for my joining seams.

Step 3: Machine Embroidery

I set my stitch length to 4.5 to try to vaguely mimic a hand stitching or sashiko sort of a look without actually having to do the hand stitching!

Step 4: Bag Lining

I didn’t do any precise measuring for this I just laid my front panels on top of my lining fabric and cut two same sized pieces.