Sunday, May 5, 2013

Upcycled Denim Tote

How is everyone doing with their Mother's Day gifts?  Did you buy or did you make?  

I was thinking to myself "what would mom love?"  Well, I KNOW for a fact that a tote bag is ALWAYS a good choice for moms, and since all my upcycled totes have been so well received, I knew I have to make one for my mom.

Like it? Want to make one? Read on for the tutorial :)

If you have seen my Upcycled Denim First Aid Case, then you know I used a pair of my old jeans, and to make this tote for my mom, I used the rest of that same pair of jeans

I had one leg cut and used for my First Aid case, so I have the rest to work with, which is plenty.

My Super Low Rise Levi's just aren't comfortable anymore since I am getting older and comfort is top priority for me lol 

So first, cut off the other leg (that just sounds bad doesn't it? haha)  Then cut from left inseam all the way to the right inseam through the crotch

On the back, pin an extra piece of denim (use the leg) like so 

Top stitch, mimicking the denim hem

Do the same on the other side, I like the little bit of fray this method gives, but you don't have to do the exact.

Onto the front.  Making a perfect, smooth crotch, just cut along the crotch seam, all the way to the bottom of the buttons

See? Then just top stitch along the hem lines

Turn the denim outside in and sew the bottom shut

Prepare your straps.  I bought some trim when they were on sale and I KNOW my mom will love this.  I got some black fabric (this black back piece was actually a trench coat belt that I do not use) to be sewn to the back of the trim to reinforce it

Box corner the denim 

Prepare the lining.  I added velcro to the lining because I know my mom doesn't like open bags.

I also added a pocket to the lining, perhaps for her phone.  I used a back pocket from another pair of jeans

Sew the lining, straps, and the denim all together.  This was a little tricky, I had to sew all the way to the belt loop, then stop, and start again after the loop as to not sew the loops to the bag.  If you do not want to have this hassle, you can always take the loops out.

Wondering what the little pouch is?  Read about it here.

Want to check out my other totes?  Click on the picture to get to the tutorial.


  1. Truly creative & very sweet for a mother's day gift. Stopping by from Manic Monday - have a great week!!

  2. Wow! I love these!
    Super cute!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! The party is open every Friday and closes at midnight on Wednesday night. Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    I follow back: bloglovin, Facebook, and Twitter. =)

    Hugs, Cathy

    1. Thank you so much Cathy, I will for sure link you with you

  3. Greaat work! Love it! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

    1. Thank you some much Ana, and so great that you visited me all the way from Portugal!

  4. I sure wish I could sew. I'm hosting a new linky party at

    I would love to have you!

    1. Thank you Angela for stopping by. I will link up with you for sure

  5. Oh, what a cute idea! I love the detail of the tutorial. This would be perfect to link-up to my new series - "Create It Thursday." It's live now!

  6. Very cute and a real good tutorial. Thanks for sharing this on the Pinworthy Projects.

  7. What a great idea, I will be making one of these!

    Visiting from Diana Rambles and now following!


  8. Love this! A new Linking Party begins THIS Saturday over at and we would love if you would link this up there on Sat! Thanks! Here's the link:

  9. very cool way to keep your fave jeans even if they are too old or no longer fit!!

  10. Very cute!! Thank you for participating at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!!


  11. Oh for cute and thrifty! Thanks for the cool inspiration and tutorial. Love the hidden pocket idea! Lynaea @

  12. Great way to upcycle :) We can't wait to see what you share at tomorrow's All My Bloggy Friends!

  13. What a great gift for your mom. I bet she loved it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. Great tote. Lots of room. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have for us this week. The party starts at 8:00PM tonight.
    Debi and Charly

  15. I'd love to make one for my daughter! I appreciate you sharing how you made it! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  16. Great re-purpose I love that you shared how to! Thanks for sharing & linking up at Theresa

  17. I just pinned this and it will be posted on Facebook as one of this weeks Freedom Fridays Features!! Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays!



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