Have you ever had an idea that you wanted to patent but never thought it would be popular enough to sell? Then one day you see that product selling like hotcakes and you think “Man, I wish I would’ve patented that thing when I had the chance, I’d be a millionaire right now!” Well, I had an idea and it dates back about 20 years, and right now it’s one of the hottest summer accessories out there. The jean purse is hot right now, so hot that I see one almost everywhere I go. They look like the back of a pair of jeans, with pockets and all. When I was 7, I used to make these beautiful purses myself. They’re easy to make, and they’re very durable. In this article I’m going to show you how you and your children can make one of the trendiest purses on the market, all without even picking up a sewing
First, start off with an old pair of jeans. I know you have some, everyone does. I personally have about 15 old pairs of jeans in my closet that either don’t fit or are out of style. For little girl’s purses you can use an old pair of jeans that they’ve outgrown. This makes for a very cute pint-size purse. Take the old pair of jeans, cut the legs off and save the fabric for when you make the straps. Fold a very small part of the bottom of the jeans in and repeat on the other side. Next, put Tacky Glue on these two folds and press them together, sealing the bottom of the jean purse. If you really want to sew the purse, you can turn it inside out when the Tacky Glue dries and sew the two folds together. I find that using just Tacky Glue works fine, as I’ve never had a problem with my jean purse coming apart. Next, if you want your purse to have a strap, take the material from the legs and cut a piece off about twice the size that you want your strap to be. Put Tacky Glue on the inside of the strap and fold the edges in to where they meet in the middle. Press down hard so the Tacky Glue sticks. Now you put the end of the strap about an inch down on the inside of the purse and Tacky Glue it down. Do the same for the other side and you have just made your own jean purse!
Now comes the fun part – decorating! You can choose to leave your jean purse plain or jazz it up just a little bit. A great idea for children is using “puffy paint” to decorate their jean purse. They can express themselves and write cute little sayings, or even draw their favorite pictures. They will be so proud to show off what they made “all by themselves”. As for your jean purse, there are many ways to decorate it. First you can buy decorative crystals to stick on the purse. These will give your jean purse a fancy look that will have everyone asking where you bought the purse from. Second, you can even dye your purses to match different outfits. If you have a craft or fabric store near you, check out the different color dyes that are available and pick your favorite colors. I would recommend dyeing the jeans before you make the jean purse, just because I don’t know what dye will do to Tacky Glue. I know that Tacky Glue is great stuff and will hold the purse together, but I don’t know how the dye would affect it. There are many other great things that would look beautiful on your jean purse, and most of them you’ll find in the craft store. Just use your imagination and you’ll be amazed what you can come up with.
Jean purses are popular right now, so why not make your own? It will save you money, clean up some of the clutter in your closet and make you feel great that you made such a cute purse on your own. It’s also a great project for you and your daughter to do together. You can even make matching purses so that she can look just like mommy. Whatever color and adornments you choose, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with your new jean purse. I carry mine everywhere I go!