This past weekend, I did a little spring cleaning (I know, I’m a little late). As I went through my clothes, I found an old pair of jeans that didn’t fit anymore, but were still in good shape. If this has ever happened to you, do not throw them away! Old denim makes great material for tons of craft projects. Need some ideas for crafts using old jeans? FaveCrafts put together an article with 14 ways to turn your old jeans into something fabulous: 14 Things to do with Old Jeans.
Another interesting idea for crafts using old jeans is to make denim slippers. Making denim slippers is pretty easy and it’s fun. I prefer to use worn-looking jeans for this project, but any type of jeans will do. If you’re really feeling creative, try using colored denim jeans. Sadly, I do have a pair of bright green jeans lying around, but that’s another story.
Here’s what you’ll need to make those slippers:
- Pair of old jeans
- High-loft batting or slipper foam
- Tailor’s chalk
- Flip Flops or shoes that fit
- Marker or pen
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Ribbon or self-adhesive gems for embellishing
- Take your jeans and turn them over so that the jean’s pockets are facing the ceiling. Stick your feet inside the pockets and make sure your feet have enough room. The pockets will turn into the cover for the slippers.
- Take the legs of the jeans, or whatever section you want to use for the base of the slippers, and on each leg, cut off a portion big enough to accommodate the length of your foot. Once cut, turn both sections inside out.
- Take cardboard, and while wearing flip flops, use a marker to trace around your shoes. Cut out each one to create two cardboard inserts.
- Place the cardboard inserts on the inside-out jean sections and using Tailor’s chalk, trace around each one of the cardboard cut outs.
- For each cut-out section, use straight pins to hold both layers of the jeans in place. Cut off the access material around the chalk line for each foot outline.
- Use a sewing machine and stitch the layers together for both sections. Leave one side of the fabric open to insert a foam padding.
- Trace the cardboard cut-outs on top of the foam and cut out two foam inserts.
- Take your denim slipper bases and turn them right side out. Place the cardboard cut outs inside each slipper, followed by the foam inserts. Sew both seams closed.
- Take the pockets of your jeans from step 1. and cut them out, being careful not to cut into the seam.
- Slide each slipper base into the pockets. Align and straighten the pockets until you like where they’re positioned. Sew the pockets onto the underside of the denim slipper bases.
- Now the fun part: if your jean pockets weren’t already embellished, add on whatever you want. Give them some sparkle with self-adhesive jewels, or add on a pink ribbon for a cute, feminine touch.
Crafts using old jeans are so much fun to make. Here is another great tutorial that turns old jeans into adorable slippers with bows.
If you had a chance to read my blog from this past Friday, then you know that I had a busy weekend of perusing through indie-crafts and designs at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. Wow, was it an experience. First of all, it was SOOOO busy. The turnout was amazing, and a bit crowded at times.
Some of my favorite things were:
- Blank journals made from the covers of old children’s books – so cute
- Wallets and card holders made from neckties
- Tons of unique and funky crochet and knit hats for sale with other fabulous clothing items
- Vintage jewelry upcycled from old vintage pieces
- Screen-printed recycled and organic t-shirts and bags
- Button rings
- Stationary galore
- Gorgeous jewelry made with precious stones and awesome metalwork.
On top of all the talented crafters on the scene, there was some delicious food for sale – mmm cupcakes – and beer too! The DJ played some great tunes while shoppers milled around the busy park district building. If you have a chance to stop by a Renegade Craft Fair in your area, I highly recommend it. It’s great to see where the world of indie-crafting is taking us, and how upcycled and recycled crafts are paving the way for eco-consicous art.
[This is the start of a series from When Creativity Knocks, a great online craft show we are excited to feature. Check back every Wednesday for information on the next video episode and great craft projects selected by Ana Araujo.]
Now that Labor Day is over and schools are in session, moms will be going though a lot more loaves of bread to make the all American Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches! My Mom had to cut off the crust and no jelly for me. On the other hand, my brother Tom had PBJ. Heaven forbid she mixed up my brother and my sandwiches! We would hunt each other down on the playground to make the exchange! So, long story short start collecting those plastic tabs from the bread bags. Heidi Brochers has come up with a great idea on making a necklace with them. Check out her project under Green Crafting on the FaveCraft website!
Before your summer is a mere blur in your mind, grab those shampoo bottles from the hotel that you packed in your suitcase, empty and rinse them out. Gather up the sand from the kids toys and any small shells you have collected. Sit back and watch what clever idea that Cindi Bisson has come up with: Vacation Beach Treasures.
When Creativity Knocks taped this episode at Maker Faire 2009 in front of our 1964 Airstream Trailer “WCK’s Craft Studio OnWheels”. It was a fun weekend and we met a lot of great people! This is one of seven episodes we taped that day!
Please note that this show will air on Friday, September 9, 2009.
In part 2 of the Bow Bag Sew-Along, we will start sewing! See Part 1 of the Bow Bag Sew-Along here.
Bow Bag Continued
- Open out the front piece and press the seam. Topstitch the front seam open.
- Cut a piece for the pocket approximately 6×6 inches.
- Fold and press the edges. Press the top edge deep enough to encase the elastic and sew this edge.
- Thread elastic through casing using a safety pin, gather and secure at both ends.
- Sew the pocket to one of the lining pieces, approx 3″ from the top.
- Sew the two lining pieces together, leaving a 3″ opening in the base.
- Place the lining inside the outer, right sides together. Pin and sew.
- This bit’s a bit tricky, but hold on in there 🙂 Invert the bag by pulling all the fabric through the hole in the lining then sew up the hole. This always looks like it isn’t going to work, and then it magically becomes a bag, you’ll see 😉
Stop by next Wednesday for part 3 of the Bow Bag Sew-Along.
Because I believe in supporting your community first and foremost, it’s time for another local Etsy pick here in Dublin, Ireland. I was pretty delighted to stumble upon the clever work of Maria Pantel. She clearly has a sense of humor about fashion with her Y-TOP, repurposing a pair of classic men’s Y-fronts (tighty-whiteys to us Yanks). And she also seems to have some pretty advanced knitting skills. I want to curl up with this pretty red scarf. But best of all is the fantastic hat she made from an old soccer ball washed up on the beach.
I find it completely fascinating and strangely gorgeous. It’s like a relic of my youth…a glittering, nostalgic memory of years playing soccer and then growing up.