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 thought this might be useful to some. This is one way in which I deconstruct jeans.
Take one pair of jeans.
Cut up each leg seam to separate front and back legs.
Cut the back pockets off and trim to an appropriate size. I aim to cut to 8" square, but these pockets ended up as 9" square. I use the pockets to make one of my varieties of pocket bag.
I trimmed one front pocket to 6" square, though I am not sure as yet what I will use if for. This is often a problem with front pockets - they are very attractive but often difficult to use. In this case I loved the buttons, but had to use the seam and the waistband in order to have any chance of using them. I may manage to turn this into a pocket purse.
The other front pocket was easier to make use of. I cut it to size for a mobile phone case.
I cut as much as possible of the legs into 4" strips. For me, this is the most versatile use. I can use these for my flower bags, for the top of a pocket backpack, for handles, or piece four different strips together and cut into 4" squares.
The remainer of the legs was cut into 3" strips.
The scraps - of a reasonable size - will be used for crazy patchwork, or "found fabric" as I sometimes call it. I keep bags of scraps and, when I am feeling creative, piece them together to create new pieces of fabric.
So there you have it. One way of deconstructing jeans.