Category: Sewing

Upcycled Jeans

Upcycled jeans

I hate throwing things away. I will wear clothes until they are falling apart & even then, I’ll hang onto them until they are dragging themselves out the door! At the moment, money is a bit tight so clothes shopping is not high on the agenda. So when my only pair of jeans ripped because they were so worn, I knew I had to buy new ones. I tried patching them up but it was a shoddy effort. I kept the ripped jeans, thinking they would do for wearing when I was painting or in the garden or something. As I don’t do these things very often (!) I thought about doing something else with them. Then I remembered the craze a few years ago of upcycling jeans into skirts by adding some fabric. Right, I thought, I’ll give this a go. Plus it meant I could buy some fabric that I knew I would use and not just add to my stash!

Vintage Fabric

I found this lovely green vintage fabric at a vintage fair at Oriel y Parc in St. Davids when I was visiting my mum a few weekends ago. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would look great as the fabric for my jean skirt. I didn’t have a pattern to follow, but thought it couldn’t be that difficult. So I started out by undoing the seams on the legs of the jeans. This was very easy with a Quick Unpick and didn’t take too long. Then I chopped off the bottom parts of the legs and set about measuring the length of the skirt. This is usually where I fall down when it comes to making things, and I really want to make more clothes for myself. (Part of me thinks it’ll be cheaper, plus I’m not a high street fashion kind of gal.) But this time, I managed to get the length right. Then I had to measure the fabric for the triangular space between the legs. This wasn’t too difficult & it didn’t need too much fabric, which was great as it left me with enough fabric to make my lavender bags. The sewing machine made this so easy & it didn’t take long at all, though I live for the day when I can sew something together without getting stabbed a million times by the pins!

Upcycled jeans

Voile! I know I could’ve reused the bottom of the jeans when hemming but by this time I’d had enough, and I think that exceeds my ability on the sewing machine anyway! It’s not perfect and I don’t think Stella McCartney should be worried at this point, but it’ll do for me! It’s cute, it’s something else I can wear, even if it’s just around the house & maybe into town. I’m pretty pleased that I coped well using the sewing machine. It’s something I want to be really confident with, but I’m not. Using it more will help, so it’s good that I’ve got a few other projects up my sleeve!

I’m so pleased my crafty mojo is back. I guess it’s difficult when you work from home & it’s your job to be creative to then switch off & be creative in a different way. But time & distance has certainly helped. The other issue I’ve found is cramming too much into days off. I’ve realised I can’t do everything so I need to prioritise & start with the things I least want to do, leaving me time to get on with the things I enjoy!

Lavender Bags

Vintage Lavender bags

Vintage Lavender bags

We had a massive lavender bush in the garden that I’ve been fighting to keep. However, I lost my battle & we dug the lavender up. I kept as many of the flowers as I could & finally got around to taking them off the stems. I wanted to do something with them so I made some little bags & filled them with the lavender. I’ll probably give some away as gifts for Christmas but for the most part, this was just an experiment. The most difficult thing was taking the lavender off the stems! It took ages & made the whole house smell of lavender! But it was totally worth it. The lavender bags look, and smell great!

Tuesday Treat

Lavender Bag

This week I bring you a tutorial for sewing little bags. It’s not rocket science, but they sure are pretty!

Lavender Bag

I made six bags from different pieces of left over fabric, some vintage, some Cath Kidston. I mainly picked up the ribbon from different places. They were all different sizes, which is fine as they aren’t for anything specific.

Firstly, I ironed the fabric. I have learnt that this helps no end when sewing things. I also ironed the hem before I put it through the machine. This helps to make sure that the hem is even before pinning.

I sewed three sides to make the edges neat, then folded the top over to create a section for the ribbon to go through. Be careful not to sew the ribbon into this bit! Then I simply stitched the side and the bottom. It couldn’t be easier & they only take about 5 minutes to make

This is a great way to use up any spare fabric & fabric and they can be used for so many things. Have a go & let me know how you get on!

Tuesday Treat

No 57

This week’s Tuesday Treat is a massive hint for anyone who wants to buy me a present! It’s The Shop at Number 57. I discovered them through Domesticali who was making one of their embroidery kits at Needles & Natter one week. Naturally I had to go & explore what other lovely things they had for sale! I love the look of the website and I could easily buy all of the products! I’d love to have a go at one of their cross stitch kits sometime, which I think are really funky. I love the idea of stitching white thread onto black. It looks so effective.

No 57

I also love the fact that they have vintage products and upcycled products for sale too. Go and have a look – trust me, you won’t be disappointed!