How to Make Purses From Old Jackets

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Give an old denim jacket new life as a purse.

Give an old denim jacket new life as a purse.

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Create a custom patchwork or quilted purse from old jackets. Use old denim jackets to make the purse or a variety of different fabric jackets to make a purse with some creative contrast. Then let your creativity take over and embellish the purse with odds and ends, such as buttons, silk flowers or tassels.

Items you will need

  • 2-3 old jackets
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Lining fabric, 1 yard
  • Braided cord
  • Embellishments, as desired
Step 1

Lay the jackets on your work surface. Cut 4-inch squares from the fabric for a uniform, quilted-looking purse. For a 20-inch by 16-inch purse, cut 40 squares. For a patchwork purse, cut different size shapes from the jackets.

Step 2

Lay the squares on your work surface and arrange them into a 20-inch by 32-inch rectangle. When making the patchwork purse, overlap the edges of the different shapes to build the same size rectangle. Trim around the edges to make smooth edges for the rectangle.

Step 3

Sew a running stitch between the adjoining pairs of squares or shapes.

Step 4

Lay the rectangle face down. Cut a 20-inch by 32-inch piece of lining fabric and lay it over top of the rectangle. Sew around the edges to join.

Step 5

Fold the rectangle in half with the right sides inward and sew a running stitch down each side.

Step 6

Cut a 30-inch-long piece of braided cord and sew the ends to the left and right sides of the purse. Turn the purse right-side out.

Step 7

Add any desired embellishments.


  • "Quilted Bags With Style: 25 Patchwork Purses, Totes, and Bags"; Ellen Kharade and Tino Tedaldi; 2010

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