With right sides together, sew the bottom and 2 sides with 1/4" seam allowance. You have a nice big pocket.
Fold and iron the top edge out by 3/4".
Turn your jean purse right side out. Keeping the right side of the fabric on the inside of the pocket, tuck your pocket into your jean bag. Pin the fabric pocket right against the edge of the waist as shown.
Sew along the edge of the fabric - however - ** Make SURE you mark where the metal rivets are, and where the belt loops are.** You are going to have to start and stop your sewing a few times to "hop over" these sections that you dont want sewed down (or in the case of the rivets, would break your needle...trust me.) Since I wanted to put a belt through the loops, I did not want to sew across the belt loops.
After you have used a machine to sew most of the pocket in, hand sew the few gaps you had to "hop over".
Next the handle. I used one leg of the jeans, and cut two 3" strips as long as I could get them. I left the bottom cuff to use as a finished edge.
|Cuff of bottom of jean for part of the strap|
Cut 2 strips of colorful fabric the same sizes as the jean strips.
With right sides together, sew along the 2 long edges and the angled raw edge. Do this for both the sets, turn right side out.
Using the cuff edge, pin one length to each side of the bag - jean side facing out. You may have to fold the sides under slightly - but not the end, because the cuff edge is finished. Overlap the strap onto the bag by about 2".
Sew in down very well, all the way around the square and in an x through it. See picture below.
Do this on both sides of the bag, one strap per side.
The last thing to do, is make a simple belt for decorative purposes. I used the same style fabric as I did on the handle. Cut 2 long strips of fabric - so that they will fit through through your belt loops, and be long enough to tie at the end. Mine were just under 3" wide (to account for seam allowance) and about 45" long. You may have to sew 2 lengths together to make it long enough. Cut both ends at an angle (as shown below), to make it more decorative.
Here is a picture from the back of the bag:
And a picture of the finished inside lining. I love how bright it looks!
It turned out pretty bright, stylin' and fun! Can't wait to make many more!