The Jeans Recycling Challenge: Transform a torn pair of jeans into something useful, re-using every part of the jeans.
The story so far…
I began last week with a pair of old maternity jeans that have a tear in the seat.
Item one: a jeans handbag made from the seat and half a leg. Really happy with how it turned out. If I were to make another one, I would consider a bag with a long single strap, or a backpack.
Item two: From the thigh I cut two rectangles 9.5″x11.5″ and made a zippered bag, lined with kitchen curtain fabric. If you like knitting socks, this is a great sized bag for sock projects. Previously I’ve made this size bag, lined but zipless, to hold one nappy, a small container of wipes and a spare baby jumpsuit, or a change of clothes for a toddler.
The plain bag looked rather boring.
I added pinked circles from some of the scraps, although this didn’t use up as much scrap as I would have liked.
They were sewn on with red buttons -we went through the button jar and took all the red ones.
Item three: slippers that are like ballet shoes. Didn’t want to make all bags. I haven’t finished these yet.
Item four: another bag. I know I said I didn’t want lots of bags, but there was an end of a leg that was just perfect. It’s unlined. What could it be used for? A mini first aid kit for the car, sewing kit, or a pencil case for marker pens.
I won’t pretend the corner of the zip was easy to sew because it was a real dog. Just took it one stitch at a time.
I pinned and sewed the zip on flat before sewing any seams.
Even before this bag was finished, everyone at home asked for it to be theirs.
Item five: sports briefs. Remember these were maternity jeans? I unpicked the belly band and just managed to fit a pair of sports briefs out of it.
If only I played sport.
I haven’t quite finished the jeans recycling challenge yet. I still have the slippers to sew, and some small scraps left to think of what to do with. Join me next time!