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The Quilted Jeans Tote

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To make this fun tote, salvage an old and worn pair of your jeans or purchase an inexpensive pair at your favorite thrift shop. Use the existing pockets for the exterior pocket and for a hanging pocket on the inside--for your phone and other small essentials. This tote is the perfect size if you prefer a small purse or it makes a great book bag to carry your favorite book or e-reader. It's also a nice size for a bag for your tween or teen. Thanks for choosing this free pattern for recycling jeans. I hope you will take the time to check out all of my other tote bag patterns here on Craftsy. Look for my best-sellers: The Quilted Carryall and The Quilted Traveler's Tote, as well as many others. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic sewing and quilting skills SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 11" x 12", excluding the straps

Recommended with this pattern

  • Basic sewing and quilting tools
  • 1 pair used jeans
  • Cotton print for lining pieces and binding for the facing edge (1/2 yard)

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Jo-Lydia's Attic
Jo-Lydia's Attic
I am a published sewing and quilting author with several books and many magazine articles to my credit. My most recent book, How to Make a Quilt, was published in August 2014 by Storey Publishing. I've written two other successful books for them-- The Quilting Answer Book and The Sewing Answer Book. I learned to sew from my great grandmother, two grandmothers, and my Mom when I was barely in grade school and I've been sewing ever since. I added quilting to my repertoire in the 1980s and worked for a major quilt book publisher as Managing Editor and then Editor-in-Chief for 5 years. Now I have my own business, designing quilts and tote bags and anything else that strikes my fancy. Go to to see my projects and whatever else I'm up to. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find something you'd like to make in my Craftsy store!