I love a good jean refashion. It's by far my favorite thing to cut up and re-create. My neighbor, Kevin, gave me a bunch of his old pairs. His birthday was on Saturday and with all the Earth Day celebrations I knew the perfect thing to make for him. Something practical he can use and something repurposed, both a gift for him and for the Earth. What better way to celebrate both by recycling a pair of his jeans.
I forgot to take a before picture of the jeans, but you all know what jeans look like.
Here are my materials already hacked up:
I decided I wanted to make him a little bag that he can use for his toiletries when he travels, storage, or whatever. I found this great little tutorial. Follow the link to learn how I went about making the pouch.
I added some fusible fleece to the back of the denim and for the lining I used a nice water resistant sport nylon fabric. Here it is halfway through.
And here it is finished! It's pretty cute! I probably should have added a little tab for holding it below the zipper pull. I added ribbon to the zipper later.
I also found another great tutorial on the same blog as the tutorial for the bag above. It was for a drawstring pouch. Oddly enough, I had just made Kevin a drawstring bag because he needed something for his headphones. I wasn't really happy with how my design came out, so I figured I'd give it another shot and try using this tutorial as a guide instead.
My bag dimensions are a bit larger than the tutorials. I had to use two panels instead of one continuous panel for the outside fabric. I also lined it with fusible fleece, since it's for an expensive pair of headphones, I want it to be padded. I also am adding a zipper pocket on the inside for headphone wire storage.
Here is my finished bag!
Zipper pocket and sport nylon water resistant lining.
Happy 40th Birthday Kevin. You are a fantastic friend!
See what things you can repurpose or reuse before you toss it in the garbage can. Everything you recycle, reuse, compost, or repurpose is a gift and a way to give back to the Earth. We can make a difference in this disposable world we live in.
Be creative, have fun, get inspired!
Happy Earth Day Everyone!