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« on: January 25, 2007 05:08:05 PM »

well i have two pairs of jeans i LOVE but are both ripped. one pair is ripped,well has a hole on each side of the thigh area.
Then the other pair i jumped a fence and ripped the back of them. it starts at the bottom part of my back pocket and goes up the side of the pocket(but its ripped all the way through)
i heard a few ideas of making it into a purse... but the holes being where they are, i don't know if i can. any ideas would be great Grin
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meowbaby
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2007 12:12:03 PM »

cut off the waistband and make a cool choker that buttons in the front by cutting it in half vertically and trimming to your neck size, then sew it up and voila
Does that make sense?
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2007 11:51:54 AM »

Make a braided rug -- that's what I'm going with mine! (and my husband's and anyone else's I can get my hands on). 
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2007 04:54:59 PM »

i think that craft magazine had a pattern for making house slippers out of denim?  they were really cute. (and if you try it, i'd love to hear how it turned out)
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2007 11:19:30 AM »

ooohh, a braided rug-that's such an awesome idea. Do you have any instructions for this project?? Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2007 12:00:42 PM »

ooohh, a braided rug-that's such an awesome idea. Do you have any instructions for this project?? Thanks!

Not really.  I checked out several books from the library -- the best one I found is called "The Braided Rug Book" by Norma Sturges.  You can also find various websites, but I recommend the books -- I haven't seen any website with clear pictures and instructions (of course, I haven't looked in a couple of years -- you might find one).  All the books and websites say "only use wool, cotton is too hard because it doesn't stretch" but since jeans are generally cut on the bias this isn't really a problem.

You do need a few inexpensive tools.  Two absolutely required tools are a set of folders (these fold up your strips of material into nice little tubes as you go -- way easier than trying to do it by hand), and a flat metal lacer (to sew the braids together).  I strongly recommend springing for linen lacing thread, as cotton will break.  A C-clamp to hold the braid as you work it is optional, but I personally couldn't braid without it -- the clamp holds the end of the braid so that you can pull it tight.  All three tools will run you about $20-$25 total.  The clamp is the most expensive of the three.

My tools are made by "Braid-Aid" and I recommend them.  I bought them directly from the company, which I can't find a website for right now (if I recall, I think I might have mail-ordered them!).   But google that brand and you'll find a ton of companies selling the tools.

You might come across someone selling bias tape folders for use in braided rug making -- these work, but they overlap the fabric more than is necessary and are harder to use.  I think the folders made specifically for rug making are much easier to use, and while they are a buck or two more, they are worth it.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2007 04:27:18 PM »

Cool. Good info.Thanks!
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