Jeans Recycled

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.

The result?

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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.

 

Earplug Cosy

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.

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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.

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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.

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So now if you need one you know where to go.

T-shirt to Tote Bag

Could any other garment be more useful than a t-shirt? Whether you wear it or plan to discard it, its uses never seem to get over. The t-shirt comes back in a renewed form to serve a whole new purpose.

One such purpose was the transformation of the t-shirt to a a cushion.

Once again we take up a t-shirt but create something different. Our project this time is transforming a t-shirt to a tote bag. That’s right, we are reusing the t-shirt as a tote bag.

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And do you know the fun part of it? This is a super quick project suitable as a kid’s project, with a little help. No needles and sewing involved; this is a no-sew bag.

What you need is fifteen minutes, an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors.

Have you grabbed all three? So let us start.

We need to cut off the sleeves and neck portion. Make sure to make cuts which are equal on both sides.

After cutting, this is what your t-shirt will look like.

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Cut off the hem portion of the t-shirt.

Now, depending upon the length of the tassel you need, make vertical cuts all along the bottom of the t-shirt. Your t-shirt should look like this.

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To seal the bottom, take one strip from the t-shirt front and one from the t-shirt back and tie them up twice to make a knot. Similarly, tie all the front and back strips.

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Having tied all the strips your bag will be ready and look something like this.

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You tote is ready to go shopping!