Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pocket Purses


I call these Pocket Purses and they are easy and fun to make! I made them for my grand daughters but I want one too. They would be perfect for going window shopping as they are the right size to hold the basic necessities, just add a longer handle. Add a different handle to dress them up or make them your own style. 

You will need two back pockets from a pair of jeans (be sure to leave a couple inches around the pocket when you cut it out) and a strip cut from the leg, about 22 inches by 3 inches, for the handle. A fun fabric for the linking is nice but not necessary; and a 6 or 7 inch  zipper for the closure (or a snap or Velcro). I removed the zippers from the jeans and reused them for my purses. 

Update** Sewing For Utange left a comment reminding me that using a denim sewing needle is a big help here. If you don't have one, use a large needle at least. Denim can be hard to sew through and may break your needle. 


Line the pockets up and sew around them.

Be sure to sew seams on the lining fabric the same width as you used on the denim pocket so it will fit correctly into the sewn pocket.








Here are my finished purses! Aren't they fun? I made patches to go on them too; patches of things that each grand daughter will love, just for her :) Now let's see.....what would I like on mine.....




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75 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot. I've tried to make something like this, but you made it easier for me now. I have to retry.

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  2. So cute - I love these! One tip I would add is that using a denim machine needle makes everything much easier when sewing denim!!

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  3. Adorable!!!!! I love the colorful lining, too.

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  4. Hi, I found your site on Sew many Ways, Find a Friend Friday
    i love these little pocket purses and I can think of three special girls in my life who will love them. I am going to link them up, in my newsletter this month. So Cute. I joined your site so I could see some of your future projects.

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  5. I love these little purses! Love the lining and zipper picture tutorials You make it look easy!

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  6. Adorable! Definitely putting this on my project list! I love all the embellishment ideas.

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  7. Oh these are adorable! You need to make these and sell them on Esty! I'd buy them! :) These are awesome for when your out shopping and don't want to carry a big bag with you or if you just want a smaller bag with you.. I think these are awesome!
    Robyn

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  8. Very cool! What a great surprise when I clicked on the pic to make it larger and there were the step-by-step directions! Definitely a post where photos are worth a thousand words, huh!?
    These are adorable, Connie...and I just may try them. My 3 granddaughters are 5, 11 and 15.....these work for any age! I am awed by your creative talents....and your efficient use of time, Ms.Blogger Extraordinaire!
    Joan/Gramcracker

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  9. Treat tutorial Connie! You are so talented!

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  10. Cute, cute, cute. I think they would make great Ipod cases also. Thanks for the directions.

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  11. These are just adorable. You never cease to amaze me with the things that you come up with! :)

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  12. My granddaughters would just love them!!;))))) Pinning!

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  13. Very nicely made and adorable to boot!

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  14. These are really cute! I like the zebra fabric and the fringe! Cute!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
    http://www.usscrafty.blogspot.com/2013/04/submarine-sunday-27_14.html

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  15. These are just the cutest! I made a little pouch for bunnies this Spring and I love your idea for the small purses! Very nice!

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  16. These are sweet and perfect for a little girl! I'm visiting today from the Raising Imperfection hop.

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  17. Those are so cute! Love the way you personalized them.

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  18. I've seen this idea before ... super cute

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    ¤´¨)
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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  19. I would have loved one of these when I was little!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie

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  20. Oh what a darling idea! No wonder your granddaughters love them, so cute! You really should sell these! I would buy them if I had daughters or granddaughters!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

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  21. Darling purses. You should sell them. Thank you for the great tutoral.

    Consider yourself hugged,
    http://simpleesue.com/frivolous-friday-bacon-corn-pancakes/

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  22. What cute little purses! Thanks for linking them up at Monday Funday!

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  23. Exceptional tutorial and adorable purses. Great repurposing, good for you. So glad you shared this on the Sunday Showcase. You must have a great stash of goodies to embellish all your pocket purses, always comes in handy doesn't it?
    I bought some jean pockets at a local thrift store last year but never got around to making them, well you have inspired me so much I'm going to get those pockets out and get busy with my own stash. We have a craft show coming up in early May and think these would be a good product to sell, what about you? I've subscribed to your blog. Happy days

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  24. These are so cute! I'm thinking of doing a slumber party for my 8 year old. I think with a little help this will be a great project for a pack of girls!

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  25. Oh, found you on Life at Lakeshore Drive :)

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  26. I know a grandmomma who needs to make one of these. You have the sweetest ideas and such great tutorials.

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  27. These are adorable. My daughter would love one. I have just started sewing, but I think I could handle this!

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  28. So cute! My granddaughters would love these!

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  29. These are too cute! I love the way you decorated all of them!

    I would love it if you would link this and any recipes, other crafts, and DIY projects to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party! It is live now

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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  30. These are really cute! I've got lots of old jeans and pockets. Very inspiring. I'd love to have you share this at What to do Weekends also. Best wishes, Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/04/what-to-do-weekends-15.html

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  31. Just stopped by from Blooming Homestead...Omg your pocket purses are great! I think you are right..with a longer handle they would be perfect for us as well as our granddaughters!

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  32. There are too cute! My daughter would love these! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  33. I've made several of these for giving to my little nieces etc. Love your take on them -- cute pocket purses!

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  34. Absolutely adorable!!! Oh God my Pants are in danger now, oh Dear, my my hubby's too hahahaha!!!!

    Hope you can join my Hop and Link Party This week, I'm so excited about it!!!

    Hope you are having an awesome week

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty blogspot

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  35. Wow, Connie. I love these. My daughter has been wanting me to teach her 7 year old how to sew. This is a project MacKenzie would love to do!

    Blessings,
    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

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  36. Love this, Connie! I am sure my daughter would like a couple of different ones :-) I shared this on Google+ today ! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-)

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  37. Those are so cute Connie. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week :)

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  38. Sew Cute! hee hee Thank you so much for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

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  39. Oh wow, these are totally gorgeous:) And I have a few pairs of old jeans - I think Iknow what I will do with tchem.... I have to pin tchem, I'm afraid:)
    Love from Moorland Home

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  40. How cute these are!!! I have a whole drawerful of jeans I'm saving for craft projects. Wheee, I just might make some of these for my daughter!! Thanks so much for posting!
    -Kim at Seabrook Lane

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  41. Your purses are adorable. I have three granddaughters who would love to have them. I'll have to get to it. LOL. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I love the cute pocket purses those are so much fun! Visiting from DearCreatives.com hope to see you again soon!

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  43. These are lovely & such a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing :)

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  44. Hi Connie,

    I just stopped by from over at Create With Joy Blog Hop and wanted to say these pocket purses are so stinking cute. I don't have any granddaughter to make one for but I do have 3 nieces who might like one. And I think I might make one for myself as well.

    Thanks for posting this. Have a great day.

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  45. What a great way to use up old jeans. These are really cute!

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  46. Oh, these are so awesome!! I love them. Just pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I hope I can get some projects finished this weekend to link up to your party!! :)
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs
    Kathy

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  47. This is so cute! Thank you for linking up on Tending The Home Tuesdays this week! I will be featuring your post in my Weekly Wrap Up tomorrow, stop by and grab a "I Was Featured" button if you like! http://roadto31.blogspot.com/2013/04/weekly-wrap-up-are-you-cloth-diaper.html

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  48. this is SO fun! this would be fun to let kids embellish themselves! Thanks SO much for linking up to tasteful tuesdays at nap-timecreations.com. I'm featuring this project RIGHT NOW :o) Come on over and check it out.... I would LOVE for you to put a featured button in this post (or at least somewhere on your site) Oh, and don't forget to enter the giveaways going on now $25 to cafepress and $50 to cutting edge stencils...
    ~Emily

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  49. These are adorable. Thanks so much for sharing at this weeks Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Have a great weekend.
    Debi and Charly

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  50. Very nice.......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com


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  51. Very cute and I love all of the different embellishments! Thanks so much for sharing at the Rock N Share linky party. Hope you’ll join in again next week! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

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  52. Connie these are so cute and creative! What a blessing to have such a creative grandma :) I am so glad you shared your project with us this week at Pretty Things, hope to see you again Monday night for another great party!

    xo, Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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  53. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Your post is featured this week! Congrats!

    Hope to see you back at the hop today!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/the-creative-homeacre-hop-12-soap-giveaway.html

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  54. Thanks for linking up an awesome project! Stop by again next week and link up some cool stuff!

    Have a great week!
    Susie@Bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com

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  55. Great tutorial. Such a cute way to recycle old pockets. Thanks for sharing these cute purses with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  56. Oh these are just so cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Crafty Tuesday. I'll be featuring these in my party highlights post this week. :)

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  57. These are too cute and such a great tutorial too :) Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders! Hope you're having a great week!

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  58. Cute idea! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day!
    Kim

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  59. So cute!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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  60. Such a cute recycling idea! Thanks for linking up at Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

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  61. These pocket purses are darling! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing them at The Busy Bee's (Thursday party) We appreciate you joining us!
    Joye & Myrna
    The Busy Bee's

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  62. I love these~How cute~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  63. These purses are so fun!! Thank you so much for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday. I have featured this project and would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button. You deserve it! Can't wait to see what you share next time! Blog Stalking Thursday Features

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  64. These are adorable. My Princess would love one of these fancy pocket purses. Thanks for linking them up at Think Tank Thursday. I featured them today.
    http://www.saving4six.com/2013/04/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-27.html

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  65. Thanks for linking up at my link party, these purses are too cute! I will be featuring this at todays link party!
    Simply Dream & Create

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  66. I am sure that Freedom Fridays is just one of the fun Parties these sweet purses were featured!! I just shared on Facebook and pinned to thank you for being one of Freedom Fridays Features!!

    Hugs

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  67. Great idea and lovely tutorial. And all the variations...that was fun. Thanks for sharing this! Lynaea @ <a href="http://everydaybloom.com/in-the-pink-apron/

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  68. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά!!! ...while sewing!! :)
    Have a great weekend!!

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