Jeans to New Creations!

If you can’t tell, I’m on a bit of an upcycled denim kick.  You can view my previous denim post here.

This past week I designed and created another new creation out of the stacks of jeans patiently waiting in my sewing room.

This time I create an insulated lunch tote.

I think the design came out great for the first try and I plan to re-vamp it a bit.

The great thing about this bag is that it can be made in a variety of fabrics and still be pretty and functional.  And who doesn’t want both?

Just to share, the front pocket will be made much larger next time!  I didn’t take into account the gusset and most of the pocket is on the bottom of the bag…oops.

Do you like this bag?  What about the embroidered butterfly?  My machine is awesome and I can embroider lots of things!  Let me know what you like or dislike about this prototype.  I’m really excited about it.

A word of caution:  If you attempt to sew  denim, be sure to use your denim needle, otherwise you might break two or three (I might be speaking from experience!).

Happy Looking!



Eco-Friendly Projects

Do you know that American’s send 11 million tons of used textiles to landfills each year?  Many of these items are in great condition and simply get tossed into the trash can.  This averages out to about 65 pounds of textiles (clothing. linens, fabrics, etc) that head straight to the landfill.

Further, are you aware that synthetic (man-made fabrics) take many years to decompose (if they decompose at all-think about it, polyester is made from plastic water bottles and thus is essentially plastic).   It can take 30-40 years for nylon to decompose whereas cotton takes about 1-6 months.  (Clothing decomposes faster if it is cut into stripes).

Imagine, if you will, taking these unwanted textiles/clothing and turning them into something useful-a new creation!

Here are some pictures of jeans that have been rescued from the Goodlwill and upcycled.  What do you upcycle?  And which of these is your favorite (these will make their way into my Etsy shop soon!).  Thanks for stopping by.  Check back for more eco-friendly and upcycled posts!

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