MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The great jean hack.....

I have a commission to create another of my recycled denim jackets, only in black this time.  I've been wanting to try one out so I was delighted to take this on.  I might just make one for myself when I'm done, depending on what this one ends up looking like.

BUT....
IN THE MEANTIME......
 I HAVE TO CHOP UP ALL OF THESE!


It's hard to believe there are so many variations in black denim.  I also tend to get even more colour variations by using them inside out.  That way each pair of jeans will yield two different shades of black, and often different textures too.  

When I am shopping for used denim of course I look at the condition of the jeans - I don't use ones that are threadbare, but a few rips and tears are easy to cut around.  I also look for design elements, such as interesting pockets, studding, etc.  Sometimes they have flowers already worked into the jeans - those are definitely a bonus.  I save (and use) the labels too because they also add to the design on the jackets. Labels from all types of clothing (not just jeans) come in handy.  Someday, when I get enough of a stash, I hope to create a purse.

Now I'm heading back to demolishing jeans!
 

8 comments:

Kaite said...

have an enjoyable day hacking, i hope you've got a sharp pair of scissors...k.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Go for it MA!!! Take out all your frustrations......

Carol said...

Oh, I am SO into this. I save every single pair of jeans EVERYONE in the house grows out of. I even have a few pair from when my 36 year old daughter outgrew them back in 1980. You know, cute pockets or embroidery. I have to see if I can find a jacket you did somewhere back in your posts!!
Carol

Carol said...

Ok, I went back to look. I remember seeing it before. Now I am wondering how HEAVY it is? Cool Jacket.
Carol

Isabel said...

Hi! Thanx for visiting:O) I cant wait to see the blue jean jacket! I loved those and miss the ones I owned:O) Have a great evening:O) Isabel

Yvonne said...

Do you have a pair of electric scissors? End result wil be beautiful I'm sure.

koralee said...

Oh sounds like fun to me...I have so many pairs of old jeans between my girls and I...tell me what i can do with them!!!

Oh thank you for visiting me the other day...I soooooo love all Somerset publications as well....so so pretty and pure inspiration. xoox

Deborah said...

I love your green sewing machine. I think it is such a wonderful color. I am sure you are going to make something wonderful out of those jeans. Thanks for coming by to visit my blog.