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 is a bag which has proved popular over a number of years. I was taught how to make the flower on a course run by the lovely Helen Coverley. Her original of this bag has a horizonal strip like mine, but the base on hers is made from a solid piece of fabric - something which is not practical with jeans! Her solution was to use strips to piece the base, and this I have continued to do. I have made the bags in a variety of sizes as the whim takes me, and the flowers from scraps in toning colours. I am now experimenting with making the flowers from denim teamed with print.