This blog shows my recycled denim creations, along with tutorials for items I have designed myself. I collect old jeans (a strange collection, I know!) and cut them up to make bags, purses, animals and other items of varying sizes and shapes. I then sell these to raise money for weomen and children in the town of Utange, near Mombasa, in Kenya. I help women to set up their own businesses and am supporting the building of a new school for disabled children.
I've been playing around with pocket purses this week. I sold a few at Letchworth, and they are quick to make and use up parts of the jeans which otherwise get thrown away. I'm enjoying using them in different ways; each purse is unique. The shape tends to be determined by the amount of usable denim around the pocket as well as the size of the pocket itself.
Small semi circular purses. Probably the most forgiving shape!; these work well with children's jeans as well.
Square or rectangular purses. These are the smallest; I may play with this idea and see if I can attach some to keyrings as well. I have some tiny zips from my latest Ebay order, and I think I could make some fun key coin purses with them. I just need to get hold of some more split rings. Ebay, here I come!
Half ovals. These are as easy as the semi-circles, but better from adult rather than children's jeans.
This was a rounded rectangle. It came out really well; I will experiment with this again. It looks very smart.
So that's another 10 of these little purses to add to the stock. Hoping they sell well - they are satisfying and quick to make and, I think, quite unique.
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