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Too loved to throw away – repurpose old jeans for storage

Why do I never remember to take ‘before’ photos?


Earlier this week Craig threw a pair of trousers on the ground (his usual filing system) and proclaimed that they were for the bin. Realising that they were his fav jeans, I questioned him. “Really? are you sure?”

Craig had decided that they were beyond repair. They had been worn so much that the backs of the legs were about 5 inches shorter than the front, and there were holes in the pockets and a few ‘air holes’ as well.

I just didn’t want to throw them away. They are just a pair of jeans after all, so I don’t know why I felt an attachment to them? i must be a little crazy on some level… But give this girl a few pins, a good pair of scissors and my trusty sewing machine…Voila!

I got so excited I added the pockets and the label just for a little pazzazz!

I didn’t have a lot of the pink pattern fabric so I made the base of the inside lining with plain white fabric, and in honesty the whole lining is about 2-3 inches shorter than the height of the denim, but i’m going to pretend that i planned it that way because the result is that the denim looks slouchy and really cool. LOL

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  • Craig Oman July 18, 2011, 5:36 pm

    I might add the flower pattern to all my jeans…

  • Craig Oman July 18, 2011, 5:52 pm

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  • Elaina July 19, 2011, 8:49 am

    Hi Lez, I just love the bag, such a great idea. All our old jeans used to get made into hammocks for the Rats and Chinchillas lol. Hop on over to my blog where there is a little something waiting for you.

  • Christine July 24, 2011, 4:07 am

    This is adorable – such a great idea! I love recycling for craft!

    • Lesley Oman July 31, 2011, 10:36 pm

      thanks christine! 🙂

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