New Life for Old Jeans

Jumble sale jeans that don’t fit, shrunken (well maybe!) jeans, jeans battered beyond mending, or any sort of old jeans – I’ve had them all. I’m trying to avoid throwing my old clothes in landfill so I’m always looking for new uses.

The skirt was made from the leg fabric of two pairs of very old jeans. Some bits were too worn to use so had to be cut away.

Back view

To start: cut the tops off and then cut away the leg seams. There are four pieces of fabric from each pair of jeans.

To straighten up the fabric cut off the hems from each piece and use a rotary cutter and ruler to make oblongs following the stright grain.

Look for the lengthwise lines running down the fabric – this is the straight grain.

Take out your skirt pattern and work out what would look best for each piece – I alternated colours.

Sew your pieces together lengthwise until big enough to cut out each pattern piece. I used jeans thread to top stitch those extra seams.

Make up the pattern exactly as usual – or not if you prefer.  My pattern had a button front and I wanted a short front zip like most jeans skirts have.

Decorate! I used the back pockets from one pair of jeans to make decorative pockets for the front of the skirt.  I also top stitched lots.

The end result

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Drink Tea and Make Bunting

My favourite teapot and cup.

The mat is completely Liberty print made up of tiny triangles. Liberty prints are so pretty I’d hate to waste even the smallest amount of fabric.

Tea with homemade bunting in the background.

To make bunting

You need:

Furnishing weight fabric – I used leftover curtain fabric.

Binding – Sew lengths of bias binding together – the more colours the better OR use leftover quilt binding with the raw edges tucked in and sewn together.

To make:

Decide on the shape and size of triangle and cut it out from stiff card. This is your template for your fabric triangles.

Cut as many triangles as you want from fabric.

I cut round the template using a rotary cutter with a pinking blade in it – this cuts and finishes the fabric in one action.  The triangles hang best when cut on the lengthwise grain of the fabric.

If using bias binding – fold the binding evenly over the base of the triangles so that the raw edge is enclosed and sew down.

If using quilt binding – sew the binding to the front of the triangles so that the raw edges are hidden at the back.

NOTE – leave enough binding at each end to tie the bunting to the tree .

Tie your bunting to your trees and reward yourself with a cup of tea.