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This was a really fun project. It is the ultimate in upcycling/recycling.

I used an old pair of jeans that my daughter had wanted me to make into a skirt for her, but when I looked at it I knew they had to become a bag. I also used a vintage tan leather coat for the base, the strap attachent and the flap closure. Then there are the vintage doilies and embroidery pieces that are all sewn on by hand so that the jean pockets would all still be usable. I added an amber colored velvet pocket to the front that has a vintage button and vintage ribbon bow. The zipper in the fly also works and opens to a small secret pocket.

The edges of the front pockets and waist band are hand beaded and hand blanket stitched with burnt orange pearl cotton thread. There is a rusted vintage key on a ring attached to the right front belt loop and on the left is a vintage brass finding with brown and turquoise glass beads hanging from a short brass chain.

The large yellow and white doily has a black vintage button in the center. The other doily has been hand tinted with fabric paints by me and is beaded and has a rayon fabric yo-yo handstitched in the center with burnt orange blanket stitch.

The back pockets and waistband are also blanket stitched. There is an applique blanket stitched on of a flower basket cut out from a vintage hand towel.

The strap is a woven cotton in a kacki color that was formerly a belt. It is attached to the waistband with brass rings sewn on with the leather. On both sides of the strap are three rayon yo-yos of decreasing size blanket stitched on with vintage buttons in the center. These are made from the same fabric as the lining.

The lining is a fun rayon fabric with a tableau scene in rich jewel tone colors. There is an interior zipper pocket with a turquoise zipper and silky lining.

The closure is leather and buttons to the jeans button.

~17" Wide
~12" Tall
~45" Long strap


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Handcrafted Denim and Leather Over the Shoulder Hip/Messenger Bag with Beading, Handstitching, Vintage Doilies, Button and Rusted Key


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: denim, beads, embroidery thread, vintage leather, vintage buttons, doilies, key, brass chain, cotton strap, rayon lining, zippers, vintage ribbon, jewel
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 346 reviews
  • Favorited by: 18 people