Thursday, October 22, 2015

Repurposing A Pair Of Jeans Challenge ~ Project 1

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For this first repurposing project, I’m going easy and using one of the pockets.  The jeans I’m repurposing are carpenter jeans and have these really nice sized back pockets.  One thing some of you may like about this project is that there is no machine sewing involved at all!  Just a bit of hand sewing, as well as some fabric glue and some iron-ons for embellishments.


I decided to make a little purse for my 5-year-old granddaughter.  I cut out one of the back pockets and included the portion of jeans that the pocket was attached to.  I also cut along one of the binding seams so that I could use that as a strap for the purse.

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I hand sewed the strap piece on to the pocket.  Keep a thimble handy as it helps to push that needle through this thick section of fabric. 


I had some pink iron-on letters in my supplies and just made it to do my granddaughter’s name, which fit perfectly at the bottom of the pocket.  She loves animal print, so I used some of this leopard print ruffle trim I had gotten at Hobby Lobby on clearance a few months ago, knowing I would use it for different things I make for her.  


I attached the two pieces I used here with fabric glue (Aleene’s is the fabric glue I like).  I usually stick a piece of cardboard between two pieces of fabric when I’m using fabric glue, it keeps it from seeping through to the fabric behind.

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Then because I didn’t want anything she might put in it to fall out, I went with a large snap closure, which I also hand sewed in place.

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In about an hour I had this cute little purse all done!  I did leave it overnight for the fabric glue to dry fully, before presenting it to her.

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I looked on Pinterest to find some other items you could make with the pockets.  Pot holders. 

Simply Soares: Jean Pocket Pot Holder Tutorial:

Source: Simply Soares

Coasters or mug rugs.

Denim Coaster DIY - the Hunted Interior:

Source: Hunted Interior

A phone charger holder.

Cell phone charging holder.. out of a pocket of jeans Wonderfu DIY 5 Recycled Jeans bags:

Source: Wonderful DIY


diy office organization | ... organization wall that could be used in the home office, living room:

Source: DIY Enthusiasts

Or how about a gift card holder.

Source: Art By Wanda

And here it is being modeled by it’s happy recipient!  With a new baby photo bomb.


So there’s one project down and I still have (practically) the whole pair of jeans waiting to be transformed!  I have another easy project coming up for next week.  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Repurposing A Pair Of Jeans Challenge

This is a challenge I am giving myself.  The challenge is to take a pair of my husband’s old jeans {that he was getting rid of} and seeing how many different things I can make out of that one pair of jeans.

If you’d love to play along, let me know in the comments and, maybe at the end of my challenge, I’ll set up a linky so others can show what they have made out of a simple pair of jeans, too.  You can get loads of ideas off pinterest ~ some of mine will come from there and others I’ve had in the back of my mind for some time. 


So I hope you’ll follow along.  I will be sharing my first project at the end of this week!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cubicle Decorating

The office where I work part-time recently moved ~ cubicles and all.  I decided I would like to dress up one of my cubicle walls where I have just push pinned some family pictures.  I got this idea after seeing how some plastic holders were attached to the cubicle walls with Velcro and they seemed to be holding up.  I figured if the Velcro could hold up plastic holders they could hold up light weight picture frames.


I got these frames at Michael’s.  I see them whenever I’m there but could never come up with anything to do with them until now.  I already started painting one before I remembered to take a picture!


You can see how thin these wood frames are from this side view.


I painted all the frames and, once they were dry, I measured out some self-adhesive Velcro from a roll I bought at Walmart.  On the little square ones I used Velcro dots that I already had in my craft room.


I just used the rough side of the Velcro; since the cubicle walls are fabric the Velcro sticks right on them!


Here is a part of my cubicle wall, where I already took down two of the pictures.


Here are my new framed pictures on the cubicle wall.  A much nicer look, I think!


It’s like a mini gallery wall!


Cubicle walls can look nicely decorated, too!  Fingers crossed they’re still attached when I go into work tomorrow.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall ~ 2015


I went right up to the few days before Fall officially began before I brought out my decorations.  Of course, this week it is going to be in the 80’s and humid again!


I realize more each year that I am okay with keeping the seasonal decorations simpler.  When my kids were young and at home there was definitely more.  I think I put out even less this year than last, and, even now, I feel like I could take one or two things away and be fine with it.


I haven’t bought anything new for Fall in a couple of years, so I’m using what I’ve got and not all of it came out of the bins.  No, that’s wrong ~ I did buy this little cream colored pick-up truck {CVS} so I could use it with the little pumpkins I have for crafting and then, come Christmas time, I can also use it for some little bottle brush trees. 


Some decorations I set up just like I did last year and some I changed up a little bit.  In another couple of days, I will add the bits of Halloween in and then they can come away easily ~ without leaving any gaps ~ and it will just be Fall again.


I’ve got mums in the garden urns outside by both entrances.  I tried to pick those with mainly buds, but just where you could see what color the flowers will be.  They are just starting to bloom now.  Purple for the front door area.


And a mix for the garage door urn.   Right now it looks predominantly yellow, but there is purple, copper, rust, the yellow, and I thought I saw a couple of the cranberry red buds.


I can’t believe it is the end of September already!


Do you keep Fall decorating simple or do you go “all out”?


Monday, September 21, 2015

Summer’s Last Hurrah


The other night, I made the last cuts of the season to my hydrangea bushes. Out of the three I have, two bloomed all season and the third started to bloom last week {go figure}.  I decided to enjoy them in the house and used them in the pot I showed a few posts ago on our dining room table. 


I used the glass hurricane and a faux candle in a pumpkin color {I couldn’t find an actual pumpkin pillar candle in the real candles}.  It was 50% off at Hobby Lobby so I felt it would do for this arrangement.


I tucked in some of the hydrangea flowers I had cut around it.  As I had said in that previous post, a flat bottom votive candle holder turned upside down inside the pot brings the candle up to a good height.  This will do until the blooms dry out and then I can put the faux florals and leaves in their place.


I also took a final picture of our urn by the garage door.  You might recall that I have shared it a few times over the Summer months to show you how it progressed in size.  It continued to grow even after my last post!  Here is the progression in pictures, with the date taken listed below each photo.

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May 24, 2015 – first planted


July 7, 2015


August 16, 2015


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Such a great combination and coleus is always a winner in my book.  I will have to look back at these pictures for next year’s planting.  

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