Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It's All in the Jeans

Ever wonder what to do with those jeans that are getting a little too worn to wear? I try to get creative with things, so as not to waste them. I have also been building our cloth napkin stash so that we don't need to buy paper napkins. This project killed two birds with one stone!

Recently, when a pair of David's jeans wore thin in too many places, I took them and laid them flat on the ground. I cut the seams off each leg of the pants, getting as close to the seams as I could. Then I cut it into pieces of appropriate napkin length (this will be personal preference). I ended up with about 4 napkins from each leg; two from the front and two from the back. With each napkin, I turned it over, folded the edge down one time, and zig-zag stitched around the edges with my sewing machine. If you wanted a nicer finish and your machine could handle it, you could certainly fold the edges over twice. I didn't want to risk damaging my machine and we really don't mind the fraying for everyday use, so I just decided to fold it once. No pinning necessary, either. Just fold and sew!

Here is my neat little stack of napkins:
Mission accomplished!


Dianna Hesselman said...

Cool, Becci! You are so resourceful. It is fun to see what you come with!
Love, Mom

Robyn said...

It's so nice to see you back to blogging :o) I noticed you said you got a dog and there was an upcycle thing that showed how to make your own dog beds out of old sweaters and things like that! It looked really awesome. I can't sew to save my life, the only thing I can do is dew on a button! Anyhow, it was on Pinterest. I done a few of their little crafts and foods on there, trying to be a little more Martha Stewart, which..I'm stil failig miserably at! :o)