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.
I should have counted how many elephants I have made as I went along - I did start off by keeping a list, but that has long since fallen by the wayside. I suspect I have now made over 50 of these.
The ears on this one are very striking - I love the fabric. I have been having much fun in placing pockets, and the pockets have in turn attracted much attention from customers. You can't see the pocket on this one's back leg very clearly, but it is there. The only places I don't put pockets are underneath, on the trunk, and on the ears (although the latter has some appeal and I may yet try it!)