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My Journey In Creating Coin Purse From Old Jeans

Updated on July 16, 2012

Fierce Purse!

Just yesterday, my coin purse that I have been using for almost two years gave up. Its zipper got loose and I cannot zip and unzip it anymore. Since I am broke as of this writing, a brilliant idea came to mind. Why don’t I recycle? At least, I will not be shelling out a few bucks just to get a purse at the same time I am able to help Mother Nature by simply decreasing the waste production of the Earth. Sounds good right?

However, as I was doing my craft, I was a little surprised that creating a coin purse out of my old jeans is so hard. I don’t have a sewing machine and stitching is not my thing. But don’t worry. Despite of the fact that I am not an expert in making a coin purse, I will still help you create a better one through this step by step guide obtained from my disastrous yet fun experience!

Materials Needed:

  • Old Jeans (Pocket Portion)
  • Zipper
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Decorative Materials (Beads,Sequins,Crystals etc.)
  • Sewing Machine (optional)

Six Easy Steps

Step One. Prep your old jeans and get the pocket portion at the back (reserve the rest for other fun crafts). The pocket portion is an ideal part of your old jeans to morph into a coin purse because it is already sealed. You don’t have to exert some effort in stitching and sealing its edges.

Step Two. Once you have extracted the pocket portion of your old jeans, cut the upper portion. Severing the upper portion will help you stitch the zipper easily. Plus, you are able to attain the ideal measurement of a standard coin purse.

Step Three. Then, get your zipper and attach it to the opening of your coin purse. Use some pins to secure the zipper on its proper place.

Step Four. Get your needle and thread (if you will do it manually) or get your sewing machine and start sewing. Take note of the position of the zipper and the coin purse. Make sure to keep the knots and the stitches inside by stitching it in reverse.

Step Five. When you’re finished already, hide the unnecessary details like the knot and excess part of the zipper.

Step Six. If you want, you can design your customized coin purse by putting an ample amount of decorative materials like sequins, bead, buttons and crystals.

Additional Tips

  • The pocket portion of the jeans is just right for the project because usually, it is already designed.However, you can also use other parts of your old jeans depending on how you want your coin purse to look like.
  • If you don’t want to use crystals and other shiny decorative materials, you can resort to using pieces of cloth or felt paper and stitch it on the surface. You can do it through the so called appliqué technique.
  • You can use different colors of zipper depending on your preference. Just make sure that you use the same thread color so it wouldn’t look that bad.

In My Experience

As you can see, I failed but at least I tried. I may not have done what I want in mind but I was able to create something that might inspire you in one way or another.By the way, my journey on recycling is not yet over. I still have the whole pants that I can use for other exciting crafts. Wish me luck!


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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      Wow really useful stuff. Rarely only we can see such stuff. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      Hubpage Gal - Thank you for your comment and reading my hub. Regarding the coin purses, the finish product is actually a failure. It doesn't look good at all. Maybe because it was just an attempt. :) I think I need more stitching lessons to learn and hopefully a sewing machine to make better stitches. :)Have a great day too, Hubpage Gal! :)

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      Hubpage Gal 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow, rob_allen what a creative idea. I am of the same thread as the writer who was surprised that a man thought of such a great idea. As a business major, I would like to know did you earn by selling these coin purses or is it an idea you are offering to others strapped for cash? Oh, and thanks for being a fan. My intentions is to become your fan as well and happened to spot your article about the coin purses. Have a great day!

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      Hey moira, yes, i agree. A man in a women's world is a total stranger. I guess that is the reason I fail. If you would only see the finish product, it looks awful. But I learned that art is not really exclusive fro women.Every man should also know how to stretch his muscles during time of crunch. BTW, thank you for dropping by moira, i really appreciate the comment :) Cheers!

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Hello Rob, I didn't think a man would go to this journey but I'm happy to see you do. I hope the next time you'd be more successful.

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      I am glad that a simple hub of mine just inspired you @Jackie. Thank you for dropping by and leaving such a sweet comment :) Cheers!

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great idea really and there is the iron on stitches, so it gives me the idea to maybe make a camera case from jeans. Food for thought, thank you.


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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      Sure I will. I hope it turns out good. Wish me luck @vox vocis :)

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      Jasmine 6 years ago

      LOL Show us your next creative product in another hub :) I'd be glad to see the bag!

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      @vox vocis- well, i am actually thinking of making a bag out of my old jeans since they're huge. And thank you for dropping by. I am glad that someone was inspired by this piece of my misadventure :)

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      Jasmine 6 years ago

      Creative and fun! You're quick-witted :) I thought of making a bag out of my old jeans, just for fun. This hub was motivating :)

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      Thank you @stars439 for dropping by! I really appreciate it :)

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great idea, and if not for change it could be used for important notes , or information . God Bless You.