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Recycle Your Jeans

1/12/2010 11:04:24 AM

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I’m sure you have a pair of old, torn-up jeans that you just can’t seem to let go of. Even though they may no longer be visually appealing or even acceptable to wear in public, there’s no need to toss them in the trash. Why not begin a fun project to transform them into something brand new? Quick and easy jean mutations is an article that explains three different ideas for converting those old jeans into new items that will cost you nothing but time, a couple pairs of old jeans and the use of a sewing machine. These ideas will allow you to incorporate your personal style and creativity into each item.

The first idea gives detailed instructions to make an attractive cobbler’s apron from a pair of bell-bottoms. But even if you don’t make or repair shoes, you could use this apron in the kitchen, garden or workshop. The second idea shows you how to make a tote bag, and the third changes those jeans into a more masculine apron that would be a great gift idea for someone.

If you have other innovative ways to transform old jeans into something new, comment below!





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Herb Arce
2/14/2010 7:07:01 PM
A few years ago, I hurt my leg which required surgery. I had to wear baggy jeans because my leg swelled so much (and still does). What I've done with those jeans is I've taken those and made aprons for my four youngest children, and they love them! Thanks Mom for teaching me to sew!

pta mom_1
1/20/2010 10:06:05 AM
I'm one of those dinosaurs that still sews,and for years I have cut up those old jeans of every hue and color and made some of the toughest quilts on earth .One of my favorites is a log cabin design,each square is the size of a record album>(Told you it's been a long time. )You can check out books at any library for quilt templates,designs and instructions.Log cabin style quilts feature fabric strips,which means even childrens jeans yield several strips,I made mine about the width of my yard stick,which I used to mark the jeans with a pen for cutting. Pockets are also saved,resewn onto a large square of heavy canvas material,with a dowel or hanger attached,they are great hung on a bedroom closet door to store art suppies,kids shoes,craft supplies,assorted tools,bathroom stuff,etc.You can also use those pieces of jeans with embroidered or beaded embelishments to make really cute throw pillows,pieced as you would a quilt. I've seen my share of old jeans ,have been a mom since 1978 and still have a ten year old at home !!(4 decades of parenting,) Angi

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