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 provide solar lights to enable teachers and pupils to work at home after the sun sets.
This was sparked off by the name labels I am embroidering for the Casuarina House children. I am getting better at them, but they are quite time-consuming, and i really wanted a faster, small project. So I went to my collection of images and pulled some small designs out. I embroidered them on my medium sized hoop and then cut the pieces to 6" x 5". I cut a matching oblong of denim for the back of the pouch and two oblo9ngs of lining.
I then sewed the zip between the denim and the lining, leaving a gap of 1/2" at each end. I put the denim pieces right sides together, having remembered (most of the time) to open the zip first) and sewed round the three sides. I repeated this with the lining, but left a gap of about 2" along the bottom, for turning. Before turning I cut out a 1 1/2" square from each corner and boxed the corners to make the pouch shape. After turning I sewed up the gap in the base.
I like these, and hope they will sell well. I will not repeat all of the designs as some (eg the "funky" one) take ages to sew, but I am now on the look out for more, similar designs - and am even considering trying to design some myself.