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Crafts
By Donna Flood

Fun things to do with old jeans


The legs of jeans are great for making those "bags" that hold the plastic bags you get from the grocery store or your local MegaMultiMart... attach or make a loop at the top to hang it and gather the bottom part with elastic... You shove the bags up inside for storage and then just pull them out when you need one...

The back pocket of jeans, skirts, etc can be left on the "butt", cut out the whole section and sew as the front of a small pillow: perfect for the tooth fairy, little love notes, etc... Even when the pocket is "empty", it is still full of love!

The bottom most part of a pants leg is often a good size for cutting off, gathering / finishing the raw edge and, voila, a skirt for a dolly...

The legs also make good draw string pouches in general... and since they are natural fiber, you can store stuff in them that "needs to breathe"....

Use skirts in much the same way... sew the bottom shut, attach a handle and you have a shopping bag or a handy (and cute!) bag for your children to gather toys into when "picking up"...

Also use sturdy pieces from other items to make patches for jeans that have tears in the knee, etc... Put the patch on the outside, rag the edges, and it can make the pants look "cool" for a pickier child... Or heck, it's just fun and cute!

Denim is great for making tough dog toys or covering the corners of furniture where a kitty-cat likes to scratch... if you have a fabric covered piece of furniture, use safety pins and replace the denim as necessary...

If you use cloth diapers, denim is a nice thick diaper cover...

Cut off old pockets and sew them onto or into shopping bags for a place to store a small note pad, your shopping list, a calculator, pen, etc...

Layers of denim sewn together make great "pot holders" or "kitchen mitts"...

Take two layers of denim, sew them together, fill with dry rice and add a little lavender and you can microwave it to make a warmer / soother for your neck, feet, hands, whatever... just make certain that there are no rivets, etc, in the pieces of denim that you use!

Long, thin strips of "ragged" denim can be used to decorate "primitive" ornaments, tie together wooden spoons for a "country" gift, tie back hair, etc... Really unlimited uses on this one!

Applique denim "patches" on sweatshirts to make them "country" (and they last longer!!!)... also good for patching the elbows of jackets, other denim shirts, etc...

My friend's,  friend wrote:

Happy recycling & creating!

I made a lot of Ragged Pillows for the craft shows this year, I could not keep up with the demand.

The "butt bags" are just the top of the jeans. Cut off the legs just below the crotch. Sew across the bottom and put some handles on. Louise, my god-mother, tries to dress up the outside a bit with trinkets, jewelry, flowers, just about anything she can get to stick on. There is a show on HGTV that made one today, Creative Juices.


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