You make me weak in the knees bag

Weak in the Knees?

My “Weak in the Knees” bag, was what I came up with to find a use for ALL parts of denim jeans that need to be recycled. The holey knees were the only part I hadn’t found use for until this. Being that frayed denim is somewhat popular, I knew I *wanted* to create a use for them, but it just wasn’t happening.

My good friend Kelly likes to create… and is very creative. She designs fabric prints from home, using a website called Spoonflower, (link to her designs). She prints up samples to offer them for sale and shares some with me!!  After cutting up some jeans and having the square with the holey knee in it sitting around, I happened to notice that they bore some resemblance in size to the samples. That was the inspiration I needed as the impetus to work out what to do with the frayed denim.

Pi fabric wild aztec fabric fabric http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/weavingmajor pine cone fabric broken tv fabric Van Gogh inspired fabric

I also tend to buy up sewing supplies at resale shops. It sometimes lends itself to more interesting outcomes. Such was the case for this item. I had a pretty hip zipper that was perfect for the bag.

hipster zipper

Around the same time, I was altering casual dress shirts for one of my sons. The guys in my house prefer the “slim fit” over the “muffin top” look.  It just so happened that one of the shirts to be altered was in a color similar to faded denim. Soooo, I used the cuffs to make pen pockets atop the existing pocket that I added into the center of the bag.

I really wanted to use some of the original hems from the bottoms of the jeans for the top edge of the bag. As depicted in the picture above, some, but not all of the top seams worked out that way. For the remaining raw edges I used bias tape.

It is large. I almost wanted to call it a portfolio, until its current name came to me. The resulting bag is pretty exciting to me!

Weak in the knees bag

 

Denim Recycling 1: Girls Jeans Remake to Skirt

denim recycle

Denim Recycling: Jeans to Skirt

 

After the knees blow on a pair of jeans, there is still lots of life left in them to use for denim recycling. Some of my favorite recycling projects involves the use of  denim pants. I have made so many things with it, and have collected even more ideas than I have used. A friend asked me to do a make over on her daughter’s pants. This girl still fit her pants in the hips when the length was far too short. Her mom liked the pants and so they found a fabric that they liked, and asked for a skirt to be made out of it. I usually have a link to the tutorial I used, but in this case, what to do was obvious to me and I didn’t need one. Here is what I did: I cut off the excess denim at the hip region, below the button up area by a couple of inches. Of the purchased fabric for the project, I cut it to a measurement that would be an appropriate length for the soon to be wearer. I then pressed and sewed in a half inch hem. Then I stitched along the top edge without using a back stitch. I  gathered the top to precisely fit on the bottom of the pant, and attached it.

What Can the Leftovers Become?

Denim Recycling

I also used some of the denim leftovers, and some of the leftover fabric from the new skirt to make a little purse. I also decided to try a little beading, adding sequins in the mix, as well. I have re-beaded garments that were already designed, such as wedding gowns, and bridesmaid gowns, but I didn’t really know how to go about inventing a design. It was made with an eight year old girl in mind, and the design isn’t sophisticated. Even so, I am not sure how I would bead something that were made of a silk or silk like fabric. If there are any out there who have done some beading, I would love for you to post your project photo’s in the comments and how you went through the decision making process. I can look it up, but  then, would I find your projects posted? I know I have spent years perusing the internet and hardly a peep was posted on it from myself! 😉