I’m a bit of a Pinterest junky. By that I mean I see so many ideas that I get overwhelmed with all the inspiration. I’ve had a huge stack of jeans lying around for a couple years that I’ve been wanting to do something with. My kids seem to blow through the knees quickly, so I thought I might make a quilt with what could be salvaged. It’s a great way to use up the legs, but what about all those cool pockets and seams?
As I was staring at the pile of pockets I thought about making a new purse. With no idea what size or shape I wanted, I took an old bag and started pinning scraps onto it. Not pretty. So…I started over by pinning the pieces together. No plan, just putting what I thought looked cool together.
It helped that I had so many shades to use–light blue from my little kids to my own deep indigo trouser jeans.
You won’t need a lot of supplies…just old jeans, needles, thread – I used less than one spool, really good scissors and pins. FYI – I went through three needles: one is lost somewhere in the sofa, one broke in a thick stack of belt loops and is still in there and the final one was to finish the project.
Since red happens to be one of my favorite colors I started stitching it together with red thread.
Mine turned out to be approximately twelve inches high and three feet long. Then it was folded in half and the ends stitched together
Don’t forget to stitch all the pockets closed so they don’t catch on anything.
This was my finished product.
Things I learned:
- I HATE sewing machines. My mother-in-law was generous to let me borrow hers. However, after 4+ hours trying to figure it out with the help of the original manual, YouTube guidance and a lot of cussing I never conquered the evil machine.
- Hand-stitching is always faster for me! Since that’s how clothes were made for hundreds of years, I’m pretty sure it will hold for whatever I’m making.
- Whoever invented the thimble was a genius! I wish I had a few for this project. There are holes in my fingers.
**I might put in a cute fabric for a liner. If I do, I promise to update the photos!