Tristan has a way of growing out of jeans faster than I can replace them. He has already sprouted a good 3 or four inches in the last year and now wears a size 16 slim (go out and see how difficult it is to find size 16 slim jeans). His older brother didn't wear size 16 pants until he was...well...16 years old! I found myself with a huge pile of outgrown jeans ready for donating or crafting. I chose the second, though I really had no idea what I would do with them at the time. In enters Pinterest...
I found a cute tutorial for a girl's denim skirt made from an old pair of jeans from TeaRoseHome.
I had been on the lookout for a denim skirt for Tia but never could find one I liked. Everything I found was either a miniskirt or a long pencil skirt. This one had possibilities. Since the skirt in the tutorial was for a girl considerably smaller than Tia, I needed to tweek it a bit. I also chose to add a ruffled underskirt for additional length and frill.
I then turned one of the old jean pockets (and a few other scraps) into a little zippered bag for Tia to use.
I plan to make a stencil from freezer paper and make a bleach print on the pocket of the bag.
Then I saw a photo of a denim patchwork pillow from GreenBearCub.com. That's all it was - a photo...no instructions. I decided to create my own using more of the leftover denim. I had a 12" pillow that needed a cover so I only did a 9-patch front. I also made an envelope back so I could easily remove the cover for washing. I'm hoping that with time, the fraying will increase. I've discovered that some jeans fray better than others. I think if I were to make another one, I would leave a smaller seam allowance between the patches, too.
I was doing great turning those jeans into new things! I wound up with several additional pockets. I thought they would be neat on a large quilt, but there were a LOT of pockets. A couple pockets on a quilt would be cool. Pockets everywhere would be overkill. Then I saw this:
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I do have one other "pinspired" denim project I'm working on, but it is pretty labor intensive so that one will have to wait for another time...