Jewelled Denim Pocket Purses

by Tamara Summers.
(Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)

I created a few of my denim pocket purses, and used a couple of other non-jewellery items in these pieces.

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I made a purse incorporating some fun, fall-inspired colourful buttons and vintage earrings. A bit of lace, a bit of chain, some bling, and a leather cord for the handle, and the purse was done. I had one more vintage earring available, and decided to make a ring from it.

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I wanted to carry the denim theme through, so used one of the belt loops I had cut from my pants. I attached it to a filigree ring base. I had wanted to find some ways to use the belt loops as well. This is a funky, colourful set which was very fun to make.


My “Joy” pocket purse includes a big bright pink silk flower and stitched little flowers with crystal centres. I learned how to embroider from an elderly aunt as a young girl, and the embroidery floss I used here is decades old.

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It has a vintage look to it, but hopefully with a fresh twist. I used a vintage chain for the handle to complete the look. I so enjoyed making this, and love looking at it, because it combines my first craft of embroidery with my second and third ones of floral design and jewellery making.

Then I did a denim pocket purse incorporating another love of mine, cats! The kitties were made of repurposed gold and silver faux leather from purses. These little girl kitties are BFFs, shown by the fact that they are sharing a single favourite pair of earrings :D.

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It looks like they are pausing for a picture as they take a walk down a fall garden-lined path. I enjoyed stitching a couple of my flowers here too. I made them to look like fall mums. I used a couple of the belt loops along the back cut edge of this purse, and a chain for the handle.

I’ve really been having a good time creating all these different styles of little denim purses. I’m hoping people will love them. They would be great with a little extra gift tucked inside. 🙂

Tamara Summers
Pink Pearls and Potpourri at Etsy

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