Jeans bag

Aug. 8th, 2012 09:30 am
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Simon had two pairs of jeans that were too big for him.  Having already been on a charity shop trip, I decided to upcycle them instead!  I made a simple bag.

I chopped off the legs just under the back pockets and trimmed off the crotch to make a straight line.  I then turned it inside out and sewed all the way along, leaving some thread at either end and the middle to hand stitch the really tough parts at the seams.  One of the pockets had a hole in so I removed the lining and sewed it closed.  I then trimmed off the inside seam of the legs and tied these on to the belt loops to make the handles.

Pretty easy and simple to do.  Now I need to think about what to do with the other pair!
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My daughter had a wrap circle skirt made for me when she was in Ghana, and I wear it a lot.  Even though I don't know much  of anything about sewing, after several hours of googling "wrap skirt" and "circle skirt"  I convinced myself to try making a copy of it. 
The results.... )
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I know this has been done sooo many times, but I can't help making a t-shirt recycle too. I had two t-shirts that I don't like any more so I decided to made a reversible tote bag from it. Fortunately, I still have quite fabric left from one of the shirt, so I made fabric flowers and turned it into headband and necklace. 

As for tutorial, there are hundreds of tutorial on how to make fabric flowers and reversible tote bag on the web :) I'm sure most of you have seen those tutorials somewhere.

So here they are, the summer-ish accessories in the middle of winter.

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ps: I would love to follow some craftblog in blogspot. If you have one, please let me know :)
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Last fall, Target had the cutest dress on sale for $10. There was one left, and it was my size and we were to live happily ever after.

Until the lining ripped :( The outer fabric is lacy and just sheer enough that I couldn't do without the lining that kept ripping a bit more each time I put it on. It's been sitting in my craft room, waiting for me to find the perfect solution.

Enter...the refashion! )
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Wanna make pretty "stained glass" butterflies for your windows, like this one:
...out of junk plastic?

Bonus! Requires little to no artistic talent! :D (Yanno, in case ya just don't got some! ;))

The kind of plastic I used was some I cut out from food containers, like the ones you can get donuts/cupcakes in at your local stores. As long as there's a flat piece of it, you can turn it into a butterfly! :D

Tutorial is this way!! )
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I had this urge to upcycle my old-and-already-torn jeans and my t-shirt, so I decided to make a bag from them. I used the leg part of the jeans as the sling and the flap, I used the t-shirt for the lining, and I use some nice remnant fabric for the flap, just to make it looks nicer.

(click the photo to see more photos of the bag)

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I'm on a roll with DIYs these days. I recently saw a cute & creative Countdown Frame on Pinterest (on which I waste my days away). I have a stack of picture frames we received as gifts from the wedding, that haven't been given a good use yet. I chose one that would fit a 5x7 photo and got to work recreating the project! Here's my version of the tutorial:

Items you will need:
- Photo frame (I used a 5x7, but you may use a larger or smaller one. Keep in mind that if you are using playing cards for the countdown numbers, the frame will need to be large enough for the card)
- Playing cards
- Clothespin (I used a mini "paper-clip" clothespin that I found a while back at Walmart)
- Fabric
- Scissors
- Name plate
- Cardstock (for the back & inside of the name plate)
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks

Tutorial under here! )

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Yesterday I posted about the current and upcoming Fall trend of Contrast Collars. I got crafty last night and created an easy-DIY project to share with you! Here we go...

Items you will need:
- Collared shirt in a pattern/color of your choice
- Chain link bracelet that has a clasp (I just found one that had been lying around)
- Diagonal pliers (or something that will cut through the bracelet)
- Sewing needle
- Thread
- Iron
- Scissors

Tutorial under here! )

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New little craft, to celebrate a break from the exams xD

Take a look and let me know what you think :D
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I’ve wanted a nice pair of retro high-waisted shorts for some time now. I found a pair while thrifting last night and decided to DIY! This tutorial also works well with other styles of denim shorts. 

Steps of the tutorial under here! )

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I took up yoga several years ago. The one thing I didn't have was a yoga mat bag. I decided I should make one and designed this bag from one I saw on Pintrest using a pair of my dad's old denim jeans. It cost me very  little to make and most important I will  keep my dad's memory alive. For fun you can add embellishments using appliques, paint sequins, etc. tutorial here
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I am pretty broke at the moment so buying fabric isn't the most convient. I have worked around this by aquiring old clothes from friends and families to make these little guys

Sweater Monsters )
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The magnets post reminded me that I'd wanted to share this...even though I don't have a pretty new one to show off.  I hadn't realized how dingy this had gotten until I cleared the calendar for the picture!  I sense a night of crafting tomorrow instead of web-surfing.

My engineer husband loves dismantling broken things to salvage usable bits.  Sometimes I even agree with him on what's worth saving -- in this case, the industrial-strength magnets used in big old speakers & microwave ovens.  I'm talking magnets strong enough to hold a wreath onto my steel front door, or an 18-month family calendar onto the fridge.

They have some problems though.  They're ugly.  They're strong enough to scratch surfaces & pinch fingers.  And they're kind of slippery too, which makes scratching & pinching more likely. 

So I cover them in denim.  This picture shows one small one uncovered, and one larger one covered.    I sewed it into a little pouch like it was the most un-cozy stuffed animal you've ever seen.  I cut two circles maybe an inch wider than the magnet, sewed them together 3/4 around, flipped the pouch inside out, stuffed in the magnet, and handsewed the opening.  It's really weird the way the needle tries to stick to the magnet.


Normally it's almost completely invisible under two pairs of scissors, a screwdriver, and a dozen or so pieces of wire from Chinese takeout boxes, and a tube of minute glue. 

I've got plans with my 5yo to do the next one with felt and make it a big smiley daisy, when she comes back from Camp Grandma.

Safety note: Be VERY careful taking apart old microwaves -- the magnets are bound together in the "wrong" direction, so when you break the binding they will push apart abruptly.  The one I watched Rob dismantle, he slipped at the wrong moment, and one of the magnets flew across the room and hit the far wall.  Happily I was standing on his other side!
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I took some hand towels that we rarely use anymore, as well as a couple I found at thrift stores, and I made a bunch of baby bibs.
Pictures are under a cut )
I also have some I have simply decorated with leftover ribbon. I looked at several different tutorials for towel bibs, and put a few ideas together from each for what works best for me. I kept the work to a minimum where I could, since I ended up embroidering a lot of them. Decorating with ribbon is even easier, though. I took the hand towel, and using a cd, I traced where the hole for the head would go. I made sure the front was longer but that there would be room in the back to go over the shoulders. I then took some old t-shirt scraps I saved, and I made tubed ribbing. I cut the strips about 13" long by 3.5"-4" wide. I wasn't super exact, I just wanted them wide enough that it would be easy to turn them. I then sewed them together lengthwise. After that, I turned them right side out. You can do this with ribbing fabric, but I just happened to have old t-shirts so it was double the recycle for me. Once I had them in a tube, I sewed the edges together to make it easier to work with. Then I pinned them all around the circle (the right side) I'd cut out of the towel. Pin pin pin! You should have to tug the ribbing a little to make it fit all the way around. I don't serge, as some tutorials suggest, nor did I divide mine into fourths, as most of them suggested. I just used the trusty zig zag stitch and went all the way around it. Sew somewhat slowly, as you want to pull the ribbing taut here and there so that you have it fit right once it is sewed on. 

Sorry it's not such a great tutorial. I'd have taken pictures in steps had I known I'd be entering a craft contest. But as I mentioned, I googled the tutorials and took a little information from several different places to see which one worked for me. These are super useful bibs, and long lasting. Even though it's all recycled, (and sometimes because it's all recycled,) people are always really happy to get these as baby shower gifts.

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I hope this is allowed, I didn't see anything banning it in the FAQ, but if it isn't, I apologize and please delete this.

I'm a librarian in San Francisco, California and as part of our Summer Reading Program, we're holding a program teaching people how reuse old sweaters to make fingerless gloves. It will be on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 2-4pm at the Chinatown Branch.

fingerless gloves
(Follow the fake cut to library website)

If you're interested and in the area, please feel free to attend! This program is free and open to everyone able to attend. Registration is required though.
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I am getting married later this year and fell in love with the idea of brooch bouquets. So I decided to make my own! I am making a few practice ones before i decide exactly what I want for mine. So here is my first ever brooch bouquet :-)

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Hi all! Just want to share this great idea to use leftovers and upcycled materials.
This journal was made by my stepfather. He used leftover gabric pieces for the cover.

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Hi everyone! Just want to show the handmade journals made by me and my stepfather.

1. This journal is made of recycled jeans fabric, the cover is embellished with simple ribbon in white and green. Filled with upcycled assorted white, cream and blank paper, lined paper, vintage maps, pages from sheduler. Each time I turn a page I have a different combination of papers. Size approximately 4 x 6.5 inches, 240 pages counted both sides.

handmade journal of upcycled jeans  handmade journal of upcycled jeans
+5 journals more.. )


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