DIY: Denim Clutch

Happy hump day lovelies!!!!  I hav ebeen slacking on my DIYs in a big way this year, so I am excited finally share this DIY with you.  I am like 1.5 years late on this one, lol.  Back in the “blogging” day, I wore a denim clutch in this post that I made from an old pair of jeans.  I’d always meant to share a tutorial of how I made it, but completely forgot, until a darling reader, Sissy Nicole emailed me in December. about it.  Thanks Sissy!! After getting some jeans from my friend Ashley (I don’t have any of my own that I want to cut) and a bit of procrastination, here is the denim clutch tutorial :-).

You will need:

  • Jeans
  • Velcro
  • Scissors
  • An old necklace (jewelry pliers if you need to take the necklace apart)
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue (E-6000 and hot glue)


Step One:  Cut the jeans just above the crotch.



Step Two:  Turn the cut denim inside out.


Step Three:  Stitch the open cut ends together.   (I hand sewed because when I made the clutch the first time, I didn’t know how to sew on a machine, and I want everyone to feel like this is doable)


Step Four:  Flip it back to it’s correct side.


Step Five:  Line up the placement of the velcro strips, and use the hot glue to attach the strips of velcro. (I used the E-6000 in these images because I forgot the hot glue holds the fabric together better, but I went back and did the hot glue)


Step Six:  Press it down to ensure the adhesion of the velcro.


Step Seven (optional):  Decide where you want to place the broken necklace piece (I recommend part of it cover the button), and glue it  on using E-6000.



Step Eight (optional):  Press it down to ensure adhesion, or place books on top and let it sit for a while.


And you’re done!!


Two years later, this denim clutch is still one that I carry, and it’s cool to have a conversation starter from a time when I was a size 4, lol.  Do you have some jeans you’ve been meaning to get rid of?  In honor of Earth Day, earlier this week, maybe you can turn them into a clutch instead :-).

  • Super cute refashion!

  • Lisa

    Interesting. I’d like to make something like this in the future 🙂 Do you have any ideas on what to do with the legs of pants though, from cutoff shorts or say a clutch like the one you made? Thanks.

  • saniel


  • This is really cute!

    Love your hair, btw. I just found you and I will definitely be back here 🙂

    Tiffany Ima
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  • HappyRootz

    I have received tons of compliments on my DIY Consider Me Lovely inspired “recyled denim clutch” I also posted a picture and tagged you on IG!

  • cuuuuuuute! i rarely carry a clutch b/c they just don’t suit my needs but maybe i could make this jean situation and make it nice and roomy. i love how it will have pockets on the outside!
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  • You is crafty, you is kind, you is smart! I’m enjoying that plaid shirt, yes maam!

  • This is a WONDERFUL idea. There are only so many diy cut off shorts I can make from my old can-fit-any-more jeans. I can’t wait to try this out, maybe dye a pair or add studs. The possibilities are endless, thank you!

    ~ Jambo

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  • Very cute and creative!! Love it!!

  • Super super cute! Loves it. I have some mint jeans that don’t fit. Maybe I can do this.