My jeans were worn out beyond repair. No amount of patchwork could save them. Distressed jeans were not my type of clothes. So what was I supposed to do?
Recycling jeans had been on my mind since long. The possibilities a worn-out pair of jeans carry are innumerable. And this was my perfect chance to give it a try.
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The colour of denim contrasted with all the other colours gave a striking and attractive result – be it the tote, the earplug pouches or the indigo skirt.
I could have done better but this was not bad. One pair of jeans was recycled into so many products. This tote was the first in line to take shape.
See the bright orange on the inside? That is a t-shirt my son had outgrown. It was a perfect fit for the inside. And the outside pockets were patched up scraps of cloth. They helped break the monotony of the large blue expanses.
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Next in line was a clutch to go with the tote. After all, we all need that little clutch to carry money, coins, keys etc.
Now I was left with small pieces of the jeans. What could I do with them? The earplug cozies were the perfect choice. I managed to make three to four cozies. These are snug and safe for the earplugs. No more tangled wires in my bag.
The last piece was the top portion. The pockets and zipper and all. Cutting it up would hardly give me anything. So the best choice was the skirt. The entire portion was kept intact. Adding a fresh piece of cloth gave me a brand new skirt.
One pair of jeans worn out gave me the opportunity to create so many different items. Can’t wait to work on the next pair of worn out denims.
How do you store your earplugs when not in use?
When in a hurry I used to simply wind it up and stuff it in my bag. This led to the wires getting tangled in all the other stuff. Not to mention how dirty it used to get.
When I had some time I carefully wound it in its box. But all this winding took up too much time. And taking it out was again a task with the same amount of unwinding to do.
Now I use my earplug cozy. Fast and neat.
The fun part of this piece is that the denim used here is my upcycled jeans.
This earplug pouch, or rather earplug cosy, is cute and cosy and keeps my earplugs safe and easy to find.
Gone are the days when I used to struggle to pull my earplugs out of my bag.
Having made one for myself I could not resist the temptation to make more. To add on to my pleasure, my friend requested for some for her family. Then my son’s friends requested for some.
So now I am on to making more and adding them to my Etsy shop.
So now if you need one you know where to go.
Repurposing and reusing is probably one of the ways we can reduce waste on this earth. It is a truth that we cannot escape all the packaged goods completely. Some time or the other we do end up buying some packed good. And with them come the packages.
What do you do with empty boxes and packets? Take for example this curd container.
Using a little bit of fabric and fabric glue this curd container has been given a new look. All that you need to do is cut some fabric the size of the jar and a round shaped piece for the lid. Apply fabric glue all around the jar and carefully stick the fabric.
Take care to remove all wrinkles from the fabric or else it will give an untidy look.
Now I can use this box as a cookie container. See those freshly baked custard cookies peeking out of the box.
My cookies comfortably rest in this repurposed curd container. What a wonderful way to resuse a box that would have, otherwise, landed in a trash bin.