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Pocket Purse




A kid's favorite outgrown pants can be more than a stylish memory if you turn the pockets into a hip pocket purse. Little trendsetters can pick from this season's ribbons for a flattering purse handle.



  • Seam ripper
  • Old pants
  • Sturdy ribbon, such as grosgrain
  • Pins
  • Thread to match pants


  1. Step 1

    Use a seam ripper to remove two back pockets from old pants.

  2. Step 2

    Ask your daughter how long she'd like the purse handle to be, then cut a length of sturdy ribbon, such as grosgrain, to the desired size.

  3. Step 3

    Pin pockets together, right sides out, and sandwich ribbon between the pockets to form a handle. Stitch over old seams with matching thread.

  4. Step 4

    Anchor ribbon ends inside pockets by stitching over them.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 7 2003



Reviews (4)

  • carouselmomma 31 May, 2009

    Cute idea. Use the pocket inside an adult purse as well.

  • carouselmomma 31 May, 2009

    What a great idea. Use the old pockets as a pocket in an adult purse as well.

  • bigyellow 9 Jan, 2009

    love it

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    I was thinking about making a whole purse or bag out of almost all of pants.