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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments

By: Melony Bradley

If you're sick of wearing the same old boring clothes, then you'll love making your own easy sewing crafts out of scrap fabric. Save your old jeans and create Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments from Melony Bradley. Add them to shirts or create a pretty necklace.

Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
 

Materials:

  • Jacquard's Neopaque and Lumiere paints
  • Old jeans
  • Paint brush
  • Sizzix BigShot Die Cutting Machine
  • Layered flower die
  • Fabric glue
  • Jeweled brad
  • Cotton shirt

Instructions:

  1. I decided to cover an old pair with Jacquard's Neopaque and Lumiere paints, in random swatches.

    Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
     
  2. I painted one color in random places, letting that color dry before moving on to the next one.
     
  3. Once I had completely covered the jeans. I decided to cut them up and die cut them into layered flower shapes using my Sizzix BigShot Die cCutting Machine and a layered flower die. Oh, I also threw in a pair of old leather pants that I haven't worn in a decade or so...

    Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
     
  4. If you want to do this, alternate the leather pants (you could use an old purse or boots too) with the painted denim on the different shapes on the surface of the die.

    Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
     
  5. Use fabric glue, such as Aleene's Fabric Fusion to glue the pieces together. Free form cut a circle for the center and place a pretty jeweled brad in the center to hold all the pieces together.

    Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
     
  6. Boy! Does one pair of old jeans and leather pants make a ton of these flowers! Add to the whole effect by free form stitching around the edges of the flowers. You may need to trim the edges of the flanges of the brad so it does not hit your sewing needle if you get too close to the center.

    Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
     
  7. I'll bet you can think of all kinds of things to do with these flowers created from painted and sewn pants. The first thing that came to my mind was fashion.

    Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
     
  8. I sewed several to the neckline of a plain cotton top.

    Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
     
  9. I made some cuffs by lining up three or four flowers and sewing them together at the edges.

    Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
     
  10. I also created a statement necklace. Worn with the cotton top, its a look that is completely over the top.

    Upcyced Denim Flower Embellishments
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