Picture Tutorial: Flower Power Purse!!

I was so excited about how great the Flower Stitching Foot  worked for me that I wanted to do a project using it as a design detail.  I made an upcycled denim purse and embellished the purse with fabric flowers I made!!

I got the idea for the basic bucket style bag on Pinterest.  It’s made from both legs from a pair of jeans. A simple canvas for embellishment of all kinds. Get your “Creativity On” by adding your own ideas and charm!!
Inspiration Purse from Pinterest.

Step 1.  Find a pair of Jeans that you’d like to cut up and Upcycle.  Lay out the pants legs one on top of the other.

Step 2:  Mark the pants where you want to cut them.  I marked the purse portion 8 1/2″ and the bottom portion 2 1/2″. Cut sections on lines.
Step 3:  Open the seam of one side of each pants leg piece and press flat.  I know it’s a little tedious to take out the stitches, but I want to be able to re-sew the seam in the same spot to keep the distressed look that jeans seams get after they are washed and worn.  *Please Note: I ended up cutting the bottom straight but didn’t get a pic of it.
Step 4:  Add fusible interfacing to a piece of lining fabric large enough to cut 2 pieces for the inside of the bag.  Next lay out the fused lining with the pants sections on top using them as a template and cut.  *Please Note:  I ended up cutting the bottom straight but didn’t get a pic of it.
Step 5:  Sew the side seams of the denim and the lining pieces and then both bottom seams.   Now comes the MAGIC!  Fold the side seam to match the bottom seam to make a point.  Now sew across the point.  By doing so, a “bottom” is created.
Notice the ruler is lined up with the seam in the center at 1 1/2″ with the left end of the ruler touching the folded purse and the right side of the ruler touching the other fold at 3″.  Mark and then stitch across this line.
Step 6:  After stitching across the “triangles” on both the lining and the denim, line up the bottom seams and sew both triangles together.
Step 7:   Pin the lining to your denim at the top of the bag and stitch it together. Your purse should be in 1 piece now ready to add the waistband to the top of the bag. 
Step 8:  To create the top of the bag, remove the waistband from your pair of jeans.  I chose to take off all the belt loops.  The nice thing about using a waistband for finishing off the top of the bag is that it’s like a large binding.  I sewed it on in two stages by treating just as I would a binding.  Sew it on the inside fold line of the waistband then fold the band over to the front of the bag and top stitch.
*TIP:  When top stitching, thread your machine with 2 spools of thread and lengthen your stitch for a heavier more ready-to-wear look.
Finished Bucket Bag.
Step 9:  Now on to the fabric flowers.  I recently reviewed the Flower Stitching Foot and think it’s an Amazing way to add embroidery, so I used it to make the centers of the fabric flowers to embellish the top of my purse! !! I guess since Spring is on it’s way, I’m feeling “Flowery”…… I used this template for the flowers, however I reduced them to 75%.  Cut 3 layers of denim all on different grains lines.  It’s more interesting after they’re laundered and “bloom” if they’re all fraying differently.  Layer them together and then using the Flower Foot make an embroidery on each set of 3.   Using the template that was 3 1/4″ across mark the flower template in the center of each embroidery then cut out.  Toss them in the washer with towels and let them go through a cycle.  Remove them and put them in a lingerie bag and toss them is the dryer.
TIP:  Thread your machine with 2 spools of thread when doing decorative stitching.  It makes it standout and more prominent.
Finished Flowers.

Step 10:  I used the hem pieces I cut off the bottom to make the handles.  I took one seam apart on each piece to open it flat, folded over the raw edge and top stitched.  Simple distressed looking handles.
Before turning under and top stitching.
After turning under and top stitching.
Last Step!!  Finally……Time to try a creative way to attach the handles and flowers to the purse.
*  Cut small holes in the center of each flower.
*  Cut small holes in the top of the purse where you would like your handles to attach.
*  Cut small holes in the ends of each handle.
Using a washer, bolt and a nut head attach the handles to the purse with a flower in the center of each.
This is the finished bag with the distressed flowers attached to the purse with hardware.  It was a fun project to make and I really love the way it turned out.  The best part was that the lining I used with  was stash and I had the pair of jeans.  I only spent a few dollars on the hardware.  This bag also has lots of possibilities for embellishment and adding different trims.  Hope you’ll give this project a try!!
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18 Responses to Picture Tutorial: Flower Power Purse!!

  1. Mary says:

    What a great idea! I like the way your mind works. 🙂

  2. Thanks Mary!! I hope you give this a try and post back with a pic. I love to see what people do with my Picture Tutorials!!

  3. MAD14kt says:

    I L*VE this bag!!! 🙂

  4. Thanks MAD14kt!! I hope you give it a try!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    WOW!!!! Love the creativity. Washer/bolt/nuthead fastening? Genius. Love it. Beautiful!

  6. Thanks!! I'm glad you liked it!! It's really just as simple as that. No need for creativity to be complicated, right??

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice idea… i like it… thanks

  9. Lucette Dumaresq says:

    I love this bag ,bravo.thanks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Muy hermoso y fácil
    de elaborar.

  11. Anna says:

    I love this, I’m off to my local charity shop, for jeans and old check shirts:)

    • RoxanneStitches says:

      Hi Anna! Great idea! Please send me a picture when you finish. I’d love to see your creation!!

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