Planning After the Fact

I suppose that is a contradiction of sorts.  Or at least it might seem like a bad idea. But it seems to work for me.  I don’t follow patterns all that well, and sometimes it’s just more fun to make it up as I go along.  Of course that also means that I end up making more work for myself or that things don’t turn out, or that in the end I realize that the project could have been better or easier.

Let me back up.  I made a purse out of the leg of a pair of jeans I couldn’t wear anymore.  I mulled around the idea for awhile, and finally decided to use the leg instead of the top part (which I did years ago when I was a teenager and they were cool in the 1970s).  I looked online at various ideas, but didn’t see anything that really struck me so I just decided to go for it and let it lead me where it would.  It seemed like the perfect project to help me learn how to use my new machine and remember how to do the few things I already know how to do, sewingwise.

I had to buy a few supplies that I don’t keep on hand anymore (or if I do they have managed to hide themselves so well that I finally gave up looking).  That took some time as our local craft store has a pretty thin selection of sewing notions, as well as our closest Walmart.  They used to have a fabulous fabric section but several years ago they did away with it, and now they carry very little in the way of sewing supplies.  Sad.  But I was able to scrounge up what I needed and make a sort of a plan (which fell apart as I went along) and got to work.

I didn’t take very good photos since my plan was such a non-plan, but I will try to explain what I did.  It wasn’t really very complicated.  In the end I was pleased enough with the purse to send it on as a gift, so it could have been worse!  You can find the gory details here at Jeans Purse with Heart.

And please go check out Handmade Monday.  I have been very negligent with my blog and with my good friends over there.  I’ve been sick since we got back from our vacation, and have not been keeping up very well.  So Please go over there and say hi, they do the best stuff!  In fact, they are the reason I am trying to learn to sew!  🙂

Finished Purse


  1. Caroline says:

    Looks pretty cool and the heart pops, well done

  2. mcrafts says:

    what a cute little purse. I remember too making a bag out of top part of jeans! And also making a skirt from jeans. Must have been the trend regardless where you lived. Mich x

  3. Planet Penny says:

    Looks like a pretty good first project to me, you’ll never regret learning to sew!

  4. That looks amazing. I love the contrast on the colours. Very eye catching and handy to have 😉

  5. Wendy says:

    Oh, I love it – and you are just the same as me! I am *so* bad at following any kind of instructions, but apparently I write quite good ones (a magazine editor told me so once, many moons ago). I learned to follow a sewing pattern in school but it was so boring. I enjoyed it when we got to pattern making, though!
    I love that little heart on the purse – really sets it off. I’m so glad we’re inspiring you to get back to sewing 🙂

  6. Helen says:

    I like it and might very well nick the idea as i ahve a few pairs of jeans to upcyxle!

    • Susie says:

      I hope you do, and please take photos and post them (and ping me in case I miss them!). If I do another one I might try to plan better and line it so as to put some pockets inside tho. 🙂

  7. lisa says:

    This is adorable Susie!!

  8. I love jeans purses, the double heart looks really good, sets it off nicely. I’m not good with following patterns either, I usually just make things up as I go along.

    Jan x

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