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What is it about your favorite pair of jeans that even when they wear out, you don't want to get rid of them? The older they get, the more comfy they are. Even at my age of AHEM-something years old, I love wearing jeans, or denim more than anything else. But, after awhile, you end up with a stack of worn out jeans that you can't wear anymore but hate to just discard because you figure that there must be something to do with those old jeans!
In my personal search to find ways to repurpose the old jeans in my house, I've come across some great ideas and some not so great ones. Some of these ideas have inspired me to come up with more personalized ideas of my own. I took one old pair of jeans and decided to find out just how many projects I could make with just them! Wow! I think I can make enough gifts to supply my Christmas list this year with just a couple of pairs of jeans! How resourceful! Not only that, these are things that I would love to receive myself. Some of these jeans projects came out so adorable, I can hardly stand it!
reasons to repupose old jeans:
Over the next few weeks, I am going to be sharing with you the denim projects that I have made from one pair of jeans. As I type this, I still have enough fabric to make one more largish project, so I don't even know all of the things that I am going to be sharing! So, if you have an old pair of jeans that you can repurpose, pull them out and work along with me!
Jeans Project #1-Basket
You will see these baskets all over Pinterest. I was dubious about whether it would be useful or cute or anything once I actually made it. But, I LOVE THIS THING! It is so adorable! It is super easy to make and it is a great little basket to fill with whatever gift items you would like to fill it with, like bath products or baked goods and then the receiver will have this adorable basket to use as well!
As mentioned, my jeans are a largish size, so depending on the size of your legs and how baggy your jeans are, your basket will vary in size. Skinny jeans will make a skinny basket, perfect for a bottle of something or any other taller, thin items. My basket is more of the baked goods or bath products variety. So, I won't be giving you exact measurements for this project, you will need to figure those out for whatever jeans you are using. Here are the steps to make this basket:
Okay, now it is time to stitch the bottom so that your basket will stand up. It is easier than you might think.
On the bottom seam, measure 2 inches from each corner. Flatten out the bottom of the basket and mark that 2 inch mark across, forming a triangle at each corner.
I hope that you enjoy this project today and that you join us again for the next project! I would love to see photos of your baskets if you make one from your jeans!
In future posts, I will link the past ones so that you won't miss any of the ideas that I will be sharing.
Past Sewing projects you may enjoy:
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!