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How To Make A Cellphone Or A Lipstick Purse

Updated on August 26, 2016
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Thelma is a Filipina Expat living in Germany. She is a very creative person and shares tips about anything she had experienced in life.

Sequins and Glitters Glue

Sequins and Glitters Glue that I used for this craft.
Sequins and Glitters Glue that I used for this craft. | Source

I was visiting my relatives in our neighbour country The Netherlands for a week, which turned out to be two weeks of family bonding and exploring the cities nearby. Cities like Beverwijk, Amsterdam and part of Harlem where the Philippines Independence Day Picnic was held.

I was not able to bike when I was at my relatives home as the weather was a bit Irish. Not summer at all. The Dutch people are noted for their love of cycling and there are lots of cycling paths beside the roads. There are bicycle parking places as well. I feel safer cycling in The Netherlands than in Germany. So I parked my bike in my relatives garage for many years now to be able to bike when I visit them. But I was unlucky this time. The weather was not inviting for me to bike.

Sorry! I´m getting very far from my topic. Anyway, one evening my niece asked me to sew the seam lines of her new jeans. She cut the bottoms first as they were too long for her. I started sewing the seam lines when I realised, what a waste of cloth we had lying on the table. I thought, "I could make something out of the cuttings". Then I saw a cellphone on the table. The idea was born.

Things needed!


These things are for 2 cellphones or lipsticks purses :

  • 2 Bottom cuttings of a jeans, small bottom cuttings for lipstick purse
  • 4 butterflies sequinses
  • 4 flower sequinses
  • thread, color of the jeans and the sequinses
  • needle
  • scissor
  • silky glue and toothpick
  • a pink or red cloth flower
  • 4 press buttons
  • a sewing machine


Embroidered cellphone/lipstick purse for everyday use.
Embroidered cellphone/lipstick purse for everyday use. | Source

How to make for 1 purse!

  1. Sew the seam line in straight line of the inner side of the cut bottom of the jeans.
  2. Then sew in zigzag the outer small side of the bottom of the jeans. This serves to be the bottom of the purse.
  3. Paste the rose cloth flower on the middle of the purse or fix it by just stiching it neatly a few times to hold the flower.
  4. Stich or paste the 2 butterflies sequinses to the left and right sides of the purse or wherever you want to.
  5. Paste any kind of 2 flower sequinses to the lower part of the purse.
  6. Stich 2 pairs of press buttons on the opening of the purse.
  7. Then spread the glitters glue by using a toothpick, around the decorated purse.
  8. Wait until the glitters dry on the purse.
  9. Voila! You have now a fashionable design cellphone/lipstick purse for your evening party.


Note: If you want to make this purse for an everyday use, you can omit the glitters glue.


Making these handmade embroidered cellphone/lipstick purses was a very relaxing thing for me to do. The idea of it brought me back to my early high school days when I was taught by my home economics subject teacher, on how to embroider handkerchiefs and tableclothes. I took photos of the finished embroidered purses and posted them on my facebook account. To my surprise, somebody asked how much the purse is.

It took me only an hour to finish the 2 purses but writing this hub took me longer than that. Thank you for reading.

Embroidered cellphone/lipstick  purse for special event.
Embroidered cellphone/lipstick purse for special event. | Source

Some Tips:

  • If you don't have cuttings from a long jeans, you can use an old jeans which is still good in appearance.
  • You can have cuttings from an old jeans blouse, jacket or skirt.
  • You can use any fabrics that you like and embroidered it with fancy ornaments.
  • Be creative and use your imagination.
  • Making your own designed purse is cool and you might get money for making it for others.

GOOD LUCK!!!

Embroidered cellphone/lipstick purse for special event with cloth rose flower, butterflies sequins and glitters glue.
Embroidered cellphone/lipstick purse for special event with cloth rose flower, butterflies sequins and glitters glue. | Source

Video Courtesy from You Tube

Updated: February 19, 2015

Below is a video on how you can use the excess of your jeans if you happened to have bought a long jeans for yourself. As a small person living here in Germany, it happened many times that I have no choice but to cut the new bought jeans in order to be able to have the right size. You might not have this problem but I sure know that some of you are not tall. So, you can still use the bottom cuttings of your jeans. Good luck in crafting.

Using The Bottom Of An Old Or New Jeans

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How do you like my own design cellphone/lipstick purse?

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your inspired project! I would not have thought of this one as I never have to cut the length of my jeans. Now, though, I'll be asking friends to let me use the lengths they cut off. :) This is a great project idea and your purse is cute.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Ooooh - pretty stuff! I like the glittery look!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is a wonderful way to make a little purse. You are so creative which is so great

      Vote up useful, beautiful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      You´re welcome RTalloni. I always have to cut off the bottom of my jeans when I buy some here in Germany as they are so long for me. Maybe next time I will be able to make a handbag out of my jeans bottom, lol;-). Thanks for stopping by.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You've a very pretty purse here and so quickly, great work.

      Vote up useful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Marcy for stopping by. Have a great day!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Hi Joyce! Thank you for reading my hub and for commenting twice. I don´t mind that you did it twice. I love it. Take care.

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      girltalksshop 5 years ago

      Cute idea...I think you could sell these successfully. Thanks for the share! : ) Love the sequens!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I have seen purses created out of old jeans, Thelma, but these products you created are a first. Very clever, m''dear. So, ... how much are they?

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thank you girltalksshop for stopping by. Yes, I could sell them but I just keep one of the purse for myself and give the rest to my nieces if they are interested. Have a great day!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Hi drbj! Thanks for your comment. I have not thought about the price. How much do you think I should ask for a payment? I´ll just keep one for me and I´ll give the rest to my nieces as a remembrance for my first time creation. But I do think about making more of these purses from jeans that I no longer use and sell them. With much more improvements of the ornament of course. For party purposes;-)

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You could advertise one of those pretty purses on eBay, Thelma, and learn how much a potential buyer might bid.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thank you drbj for your advice. Have a great day! Take care;-)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      This is so cute! I love the glitter decorations and the idea of using the throw-away fabric from the jeans. Nice recycle project! Shared on Pinterest!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thanks Stephanie for your stopping by and for sharing this hub to Pinterest. I wish you have a great Fathers Day celebration;-)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love crafts. These are just adorable and unique. You could probably sell these on Etsy, Ebay, and Copious. Such a cute idea! Sharing!

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      What a creative idea for those jeans scraps. I like the butterflies really well, but you could put on other cutouts like faces, pet pictures, makeup pictures too to customize it. Best of luck as you enjoy your creative projects!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thank you tammyswallow for your comment and for your sharing. I will be making more of these purses from my old jeans and sell them here. Maybe later in Etsy or Ebay.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Hi frogyfish! Yes, I will put other cutouts like what you have suggested. The purses are sold out now. I enjoyed making them and I´ll definitely make more purses but this time from my old unused jeans. That will be another recycled project for me to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Very interesting.

      Doesn't look like it is made out of used fabric.

      Looks bright with colours

      Thanks for sharing:)

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Hi thumbi7! Thanks for your visit and for your comment. Have a great day!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      I'll forward this to my partner, as she loves these kind of things. Also sharing with my followers, as there is sure to be someone who will like this too...

      Up and useful.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Hi Brett! Thank you for your comment and for sharing this hub to your followers. Have a great weekend!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a cute case! You are very inventive and crafty - in a great way!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Christy Writes. I just can´t waste anything so I always try something out of anything that can still be of any use.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Adorable cell phone holders. I can't decide which one I like the most. Great instructions. Up, useful and interesting.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals for your visit. Have a nice week!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Your creativity and imagination is adorable! The purse has got a classic look and I like hand-made items most. Voted up and awesome!Sharing across.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks radhikasree for your comment and for sharing this hub to others. It´s highly appreciated. Have a great day!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I still LOVE this idea. Great craft!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks tammyswallow. Have a great weekend!

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Cute ideas, I love little clutches. You can use them so many different ways!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      You are right. I can use them in many different ways. Thank you NicoleS.

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Very cute and it looks like it would be easy enough to do. Great idea.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi barbergirl 28! Yes, it´s easy to make. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Healthyannie 4 years ago from Spain

      You write such great hubs! I love this one. And the German Apple pancakes. Thank you Annie

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Healthyannie. Your comment is highly appreciated. Have a great day!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Adorable Thelma! They are so pretty and I can see endless possibility! I'll have to make these for some of the special girls in my life ^_^ Thank you!! Voting and pinning!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Kim! Thanks for your wonderful comment and for pinning. I hope you´ll enjoy making this purse and that your special girls will love them. Have a nice day!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      What an inventive idea using the ends of jeans! Love the step by step and will be linking it to an upcoming hub of mine to do with finding handbags and purses. VU, interesting, useful, sharing and pinned! Love it my friend!!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Suzie HQ! Thanks for everything. I appreciate that sharing and pinning of my hub. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a great idea! I was planning on cutting down a pair of my pants (into shorts, because the holes are getting too big on the knee, but it is so comfortable I don't want to throw it out!), and this is the perfect idea for the scraps. Thanks for sharing this with us. I work at a craft store part time, and see many embellishments that I could use to make it really pretty.

      Your little purse is adorable! I like the butterflies, and the glitter.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      That's beautiful. What a way to re-invent something. You're very creative.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Wow.......the is so cool!?! I love crafts especially useful ones like yours. Thanks for sharing.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Katryn!

      Wow! You can make many purses out of your cuttings. I´m sure they will be looking great and fashionable with all the embellishments and glitters you put into them. Enjoy making your crafts. Thanks for sharing this hub;-)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you anglnwu. Have a nice day;-)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! What a novel idea! Your purses created out of jeans are creatively beautiful! You can create a successful business from your own creativity - I voted for that in your poll. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi ishwaryaa22!

      Thanks for the complement. I appreciate that. Yes, I can make a business out of my crafts. Thanks for everything you did for this hub. Have a great week! Take care;-)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful thought and look so attractive.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Thank you DDE for your nice comment. Have a great day!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I made several blue jean pursed and bags years ago, and still have some around with things in them. I love you pretty bag that you made with those colorful decorations added.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      That´s great colorfulone. I´m thinking of making a purse for my smartphone from an old jeans cutting soon. Thanks for your comment.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This is really a neat craft idea.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love your handmade craft, the lipstick purse is cute and recycling is perfect.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Thank you very much Sandyspider. Have a nice day!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yes, I am using one of those lipstick purse crafts. Thanks peachpurple for your comment.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      The result looks pretty cute.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yes, it was poetryman6969. Thank you very much for your visit. Enjoy your day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What imagination and creativity!

      I am really impressed with the idea of making this purse as a reuse project. Nicely explained with helpful instructions and picture. The video is very useful too.

      Thanks for sharing! Pinning it too.

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      Thelma Alberts 14 months ago from Germany

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      Thank you very much for your visit. I am glad you liked it. Thanks for sharing and pinning this hub. I appreciate that. Have a great week. Take care;-)

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      Kimberly Dalessandro 12 months ago

      You're very creative. I wish that I had a sewing machine. I often find myself in need of one. This is a great idea, and I love the results. I could use this since I carry lipstick and other small cosmetics.

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      Thelma Alberts 12 months ago from Germany

      Hi Kim,

      It´s nice to see you here. You can also sew this with your hands. I mean without using sewing machine. Just doing the stitching with your hand needles. Yes, this is great for lipstick or a small cosmetic. Thanks for your visit. Have a great new week ahead.

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