Friday, April 13, 2018

Re-use and re-purpose - Jeans

Don't just throw away your old jeans - there maybe something that you can repurpose them into!

Google denim re use and there will be lots of suggestions, you don't have to be sewing them, some are glued.

I have been using them to make bags - if the jeans have zipped pockets or other fasteners this will mean that they will have an extra pocket. 
  





Holes on the knees are perfectly usable.

Above are the latest acquisitions that are destined to be bags in the near future, these were from a charity shop that couldn't sell them and had put them all in a pile to sell out.

So the jeans are laundered and then stared at for a few days :) to try and decide how to make them into pretty bags!  The fabric to line and make the strap is chosen from a large stash of fabric that seems to be ever growing after a visit to the shops....and also a large drawer of haberdashery...oh dear :)

Once cut up into pieces they are accessorised with lace and other trimmings.  The linings are made from a pretty contrasting fabric and have a slip pocket added, and maybe a button pocket, really as the fancy strikes.  Normally a handmade fabric flower added using the same or contrasting fabric as the lining, big button and a strap made that loops around or buttons through and adds to the 'decoration'.  Button holes are great fun on the new machine.

The challenge is to get the right size bag, with enough pockets, It can often mean piecing together denim to make it wider, but it all adds to the charm.

You can be assured that any sales will mean that more fabric can be purchased.....fabric obsession confession

So as you can see they are all made with loving care, and take quite a while...

And here are a few that have been on the stall in recent months:





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