Turn an old pair of blue jeans into a hip over-the-shoulder bag.
Begin by cutting out a back pocket of an old (but not threadbare) pair of jeans, being careful to cut outside the seams so the pocket stays intact.
Sew a long piece of ribbon, an old belt, or braided rope to the sides of the pockets to make a shoulder strap.
Next, let the outside of the purse become a canvas for ornaments. Decorate with iron-on transfers, fabric paint, beads, patches, or appliques. More ambitious kids might embroider their initials or other designs on the denim for an authentic seventies look.
To hold the purse shut, sew strips of Velcro, buttons or snaps to the inside of the pocket.