Here it is: a first booty bag tutorial. There are several ways to make these, and if you’re going to use jeans, more than likely you will not line it (nor will you really need to). So this first tutorial is the most basic version of a booty bag: an unlined version. I will add instructions for a lined version after doing enough such projects to get some pictures.
A note about pants size: the best sizes are juniors 0-5, or misses 0-6. If you want to use a larger size, keep in mind the overall bag will be larger, and may be much wider than tall. If you want to use a larger pair of pants, you can bring the proportions in by “boxing” the bottom corners (see Step 5 of the Tote Bag Tutorial).
- To visualize how the pair of pants you’ve picked might look as a finished purse, fold the legs back at the crotch.
- Measure the rise from the top of the pants to the crotch.
- Measure this distance from the waistband down the leg all the way across and draw a line. Cut the legs at this line. If it appears uneven, don’t worry. You will straighten later.
- The pants may still be sewn together at the center. This is fine. Cut apart.
- Turn inside out. In order to make the front and back of the pants lie flat, you will need to sew a new, straighter seam down the middle. Lay the crotch area flat, marking the area with a straight line, then sew along that line and trim.
- Repeat the process on the backside of the pants. Since the backside is more curved, the line for your new, straighter seam will extend further up the backside.
- Now your pants look more like a skirt. If the cut across the bottom appears uneven, straighten it with your rotary cutter and ruler now.
- Pin and sew across the bottom.
- You will use the pant legs to make the handles. Cut the desired length and 4x the desired width for each handle (mine were each approx. 6″x22″). Fold in half lengthwise and press, then fold each side into the center, and press again.
- Since the bag is unlined, here is one area where you can add some color. Cut and fold another piece of fabric exactly as you have for the handles. Place this piece of folded fabric on top of your handles and pin in place. Topstitch these pieces together. (You can also use ribbon instead)
- To attach handles to the bag, sew each handle with a square and “X” in the middle (if you’re using jeans, use a size 16 or “jeans needle” – you may need to hand-turn the sewing needle during this part due to the thickness of material). All done!