Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Recycled Jeans - 3

Well... I decided that since I was on this denim kick I'd try something new.
I've been wanting a denim skirt and All the ones I've seen have been too short or too expensive. I want a knee length skirt just for errand days. I saw a video by NaturalLady1 and it looked sooo easy that I decided to give it a try. I took a picture of each step but you should see the video for clarity.
First, I started with a pair of jeans that were way too long and I cut about 13 inches from each leg.
Then I took out my trusty scissors and began to rip (my seam ripper is M.I.A.).
Halfway there...
Almost, but not quite...
I had to rip all the seams out joining the legs in the center, then up the front to where the zipper ends, then...up the back all rge way to the seam that is shaped somewhat like a V.
Then I pinned the back straight down and sewed in a seam from top to bottom.
After sewing the back I took one of the leg pieces I cut earlier and placed it under the V created by my earlier ripping. I pinned this into place and sewed it in using the same type of double seam that is in the rest of the "skirt".
This is what the seams looked like.
And here is the finished skirt!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recycled Jeans - 2

Practice! Practice! Practice!
My first attempt at making a purse from "upcycled" jeans went OK. However, I tweeked it a little. First, the last purse was made with kids jeans and I found it to be too little for any of my stuff.
I used adult sized jeans this time.
Second, the closure on the last one was BAD. I decided to add a zipper (this took some work).
Third, I experimented with the strap and made raw edged strap that is sealed with a zig-zag stitch.
I like this one much better!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Recycled Jeans!

Hello Again!
Have you ever wondered if there was ANY way to recycle your old jeans. If you're anything like me you HATE to hrow things away. I'm always asking myself "What can I make with that?" Well...y mom was throwing out some of my niece's old clothes and I noticed this old pair of jeans.
That started me thinking...A PURSE!
I dug a little deeper into the "trash" bag and found a red, striped button down shirt. I decided to use it to line the bag.
Here's the finished product.
If you want to try this project HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:
(1) an old pair of jeans
(2) any old shirt, skirt, etc. for lining
(3) scissors
(4) pins
(5) sewing machine
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HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:
(1) Cut jeans just across the crotch (save the legs)
(2) turn the jeans inside out and pin across the bottom
(3) Sew the botom closed on your sewing machine
(4) make a "pocket" to go inside your bag with the lining fabric
(5) place the lining inside the jeans and machine sew or hand sew the lining in
(6) use the legs to make a strap and attach
(7) cut a piece of the lining fabric to make a sash to go through the belt loops

Friday, February 10, 2012

I Got A New Cartridge!

Hey All

I just got a new cartridge! I'm a little slow about my crafting lately. Busy, Busy, Busy when you're trying to take care of 12,10, and 6 year old boys. However, I've been wanting to make favor bags alot lately. Most of the favor bags I've seen are for the larger, 12x12 cricut. I only have the original , 6x12 cricut. I recently saw a few videos using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and cutting at 5.5. The bags were a nice size so I decided to buy it!! Stay tuned for my FAVOR BAGS!

Happy Krafting!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Shower Favors

Hello All
It's been a while since I've posting any of my crafts. Carpal/Cubital tunnel had me down for a while. But I had to come out of "retirement" to help out a friend who's hosting a baby shower next weekend. I made 30 cute little purse favors to be filled with something yummy, I'm sure.
I cut the purse template on lavender cardstock and made the handles with brown cardstock. I use a 1 and 1/4 inch scalloped circle punch for the tag and backed it with a 2 inch scalloped circle cut with the cricut Forever Young cartridge.
I attached the handles with these adorable sparkly brads from Michaels.
Here's all 30 of them ...ready to go.
With the leftover paper I decide to make a banner. Its a Girl!!!!
Hope you like!!!!
Happy Crafting!