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Jean Lined Bag

Jean Lined Bag

Fabrics are from the Crossroads Denim collection by Amy Barickman for James Thompson.

Designer: Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction


Create a quick and easy bag with recycled jeans to carry all your must-haves. 




  • 2--8-1/4 squares of linen, canvas, or other heavy fabric
  • 2--8-1/4 squares cut from the leg of a pair of denim jeans (we used a pair of children’s size 8 Husky)
  • Pearl cotton in your favorite coordinating color (we used blue)
  • Heavy weight needle--it needs to go through both heavy fabric & denim layer


Assemble the Purse:


1. Cut off the bottom rolled hem of your jean legs to use as the handles for your bag, each approximately 14" long. You may or may not need to use both legs.


Jean Lined Bag

2. Cut out one back pocket from the jeans, trimming off all of the extra fabric around the edges.


Jean Lined Bag

3. Machine stitch the pocket to the right side of one 8-1/4 square of fabric, in the center. Stitch over the outer stitching on the pocket.


4. With right sides together, stitch the two 8-1/4 square fabric pieces along three sides leaving the top open. Use a 3/8" seam allowance.


Jean Lined Bag

5. Turn the pouch right side out and pin the handles in place at either side, matching the raw edges. I lined my handles up with the inside edges of the pocket; set aside. 


Jean Lined Bag

6. With right sides together, stitch the two 8-1/4 square denim pieces together at the sides only. Now you have a jean tube. 


7. Slip jean tube over fabric bag. The right sides of the denim should be facing the right sides of the fabric.


8. Stitch across the top of the bag, catching the handles into the stitching.


Jean Lined Bag

9. Turn the bag right side out by pulling the jean tube up. You should now be looking at the front jean pocket with the denim tube at the top. Hand stitch or zig-zag stitch with your machine the jean opening closed.


10. Push the jean lining to the inside of the bag. Using the pearl cotton thread, stich a running stitch all the way around the top of the bag. 



About the designer:


Amy Barickman, founder and owner of Indygo Junction and, is a leader in the sewing, needle arts and retail crafting industry. Amy founded Indygo Junction in 1990 to publish and market sewing books and patterns and to showcase the work of leading sewing and craft designers. Amy’s knack for anticipating popular trends has led her to discover more than 35 innovative artists and designers. Through Indygo Junction, Amy has published nearly 1000 pattern titles, sold over two-million pattern titles, licensed craft kits and fabric lines with top fabric, fashion & novelty companies, published 80 books that have sold at stores throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her recent endeavors include Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers and Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun.

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