I love Jeans.
I say, if I can, I would like to leave this world in a Sweatshirt and Jeans. My favorite clothes.
So its a fact, I have a lot of Jeans scraps. I hate to throw things out and would have probably become a Hoarder of the worst kind if not having to come to my parents home to care for my mom. I really had to downsize....and that is saying it mildly. At around the same time, I also came to a realization when I helped clean after my Aunt Lissie had passed, and found that it really isn't that necessary to keep all the butter containers you use just because you think you may need them in the future...and I was following that path...so immediately went home and disposed of all butter containers... :)
With that being said, when I sew, I do think its ok to keep some scraps you may use in a quilt or another project, as long as you can keep it contained or at a minimum or just organized. So when I saw how many jeans my dear hubby would go thru, I thought wow, what if I could use these in some other ways somehow.. I mean there are just so many yard sales one person can have and clothes just never seem to sell that good at a yard sale for me.
I first made a jean quilt for my first grandson of jeans from my
maternity jeans, my sons jeans and my dads jeans.
I realized then I
would love to make my own Jean quilt for my bed some day so that is when
I started keeping any jeans we were done wearing and cutting them into
quilting squares. (After several years of this I finally have enough
But what do you do with the other parts of the jeans? I started keeping
the zippers in one pile, and the waist bands in a pile and so on...
When I cut the jeans up I find that I want to make use of every possible piece or I feel I am just wasting the jeans when I could easily have donated them to someplace where another could use them . So by keeping those other parts, I have found ways to use them, like in the touchy feely book I made for Cayson, the zipper so he could learn to use it and the pockets for holding things he can feel or unsnap.
My mother used to braid area rugs or baskets with fabric scraps so I thought why not use some of the seams of the jeans or just other scraps that was left for this? So I have a pile of these also. Here is what I have so far.
I decided to make an area rug of the waistbands. At first I went for just a small size but now I think I will keep going with it because I love it. I also think it would also make a good cover for an ottoman. So many choices but I love how it turned out so far and I like keeping in the tags when possible.
I also recently made a book cover for my Tablet.
I am not a cheap person but I just don't have the means to buy what is out there for a cover, so I just recycled a used notebook cover to glue the jean fabric onto. I have lots of buttons for embellishments, and just got silly with it for fun. I like it, & its useful and I placed a large pocket in the back to hold a cloth to clean the screen or to put my hand in it to hold it up while playing a game (which I found useful as I play games at nite when I cannot sleep) I placed larger buttons on the front at top and bottom to hold a band to keep it closed if I ever take it out of the house on a trip. (which I have not done since 2002, but Hey... ya never know)
So Jeans are a useful fabric in so many ways, if you are wondering what you can do with old jeans, and you like to sew or be creative in any way, get busy with jeans.
Once again, Thanks for stopping by!!