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« on: March 15, 2007 07:29:13 PM »

I have 4 old pairs of jeans that are serviceable (well except one pair I can't button anymore  Undecided) but I just don't like anymore.  I know I could donate them, but I have a feeling I could also do something else with them... I was thinking of making a carryall tote or grocery tote, but that would probably only take one pair (I'm 5' 11" so there's plenty of fabric to work with!).  Two pairs also have a lot of stretch to them, so I'm not sure how they'll work up as something else...

Any other ideas? Gracias!
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007 08:05:03 PM »

My first thought was totes. 
Cover an album/journal/scrapbook?
Patches for a quilt?
Cut them into strips and knit with them?
Make them into a skirt?

I've seen all these things and a ton more done with old jeans.  This is all that comes to mind at the moment, though.
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2007 08:12:23 PM »

I saw a cute idea somewhere to make an apron with the back pockets of a pair of jeans. It was probably on craftster but I have no idea what the link is.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2007 08:13:04 PM »

I like to use the top part of jeans as linings for bags. With a pretty fabric on the outside, it's a nice way to use the jeans without the outside screaming "hey look, I'm made of jeans!" . The denim makes the bags nice and sturdy and you have a ton of already made pockets on the inside to boot. (As well as belt loops for clipping on keys and such).
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2007 08:20:53 PM »

A woman came into my work (Fabricland) the other day, and chatting about our crafty ventures, she said she made a valance for her kitchen out of old blue jeans, and her son liked it so much she made one for his room as well.

She didnt tell me how she did it though, that'd be for you to figure out
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bami
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2007 12:05:15 AM »

If the jeans are all different shades of denim, you could cut make them into a long sleeveless dress, cutting the denim into different, interesting shapes, sewing them then fraying each piece a little?

Bami
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2007 12:11:19 AM »

Thought of something else, what about a quilt? Found one at http://images.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.patchwork-and-quilting.com/image-files/denim-rag-quilt1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.patchwork-and-quilting.com/rag-quilt.html&h=465&w=353&sz=50&hl=en&start=3&tbnid=OuRQLeZazJtDCM:&tbnh=128&tbnw=97&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2Bdenim%2Bpatchwork%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG
and how about this funky jacket:
http://c03l.scl1.imeem.com/g/ac26b14d8c436c0346b9fec588b70520.jpg
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saralynne
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2007 12:35:52 AM »


Oh! Yes- I've got a friend who has an awesome jacket made out of jeans pieces. Its fantastic. I dont know how I could forget.  I'm pretty sure it was handmade. It was kind of western style and vintage. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2007 06:54:53 AM »

If you feel like boiling/beating hell out of the pulp, I've read that you can make paper out of recycled denim.
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sherry71
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2007 12:38:07 PM »

If you are a knitter, or know someone who is....here is a link to make a circular knitting needle holder out of old jeans.

http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/fomisc.html
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