Posts tagged ‘denim repurpose’

October 20, 2011

java hugger

A fun little project for the coffee lovers out there:

  • use one of the disposable cardboard sleeves as a pattern
  • cut a little wider all around to account for seam allowances
  • orient the reverse fabric correctly before cutting

  • cut one piece of fusible interfacing & iron on to one of the fabric pieces
  • sew each section right sides together at short ends

Slide one into the other as the finished product will appear:

Finish edges with a simple hem, bias tape, zig-zag & let it fray, blanket stitch, etc..  I used a strip of old jeans sewing it to the edge & then folding over to finish with a straight stitch.  Denim ended up being a bit bulky, but it works.  The butterfly side has a “finished” look whereas the peace side is imperfect & will fray (character!).


August 9, 2011

pup purse

When my gramma was a young mommy, she sewed new clothes from old clothes as a necessity.  Now, it’s a craft with a hip name:  repurposing.

The bell bottom legs from jeans make great little party purses.  Find a sweet liner fabric, create an applique, & voila! 


  • combine different textures:  corduroy, ultra suede, cotton, prints, shiny buttons, ribbons, variegated thread, ric rac
  • use varying stitches:  outline some parts with blanket stitch, zig zag or straight stitch
  • an iron-on glue works best for attaching pieces prior to sewing
  • inject more cute with iron-on letters or embellishments 


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