Friday, April 22, 2011

Recycled Denim Pouch

As I mentioned in the previous post I have a tutorial for the pockets of the jeans I turned into denim yarn!

1. You will need the bottom hem of your jeans (the cuff). The back pockets. A zipper, I used the one from the jeans. 
2 & 3.  Optional, cut out the small pocket inside one of the front pockets.
4. Sew the smaller pocket onto one of the back pockets.

5. Add the zipper, make sure it is facing up.
6.  Place the cuff of your pants before sewing up the sides, this will be your wrist strap.  (I put the strap ends side by side rather than on top of each other to make it easier to sew.)
7.  Sew up all the sides.
8.  Finished!

Happy crafting!
And, Happy Earth Day! :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Alternative Yarn (#3): Denim yarn

The last post for Alternative yarns I wrote about t-shirt yarn and that inspired me to look else where in my old clothes for yarn.  I decided to try making yarn out of an old pair of jeans.  Another great recycling project and a way to give new life to something old! :)

1. Cut off the legs of the jeans at the thigh so they're even at the top.
2. 3. & 4. Cut all around the leg creating one continuous piece however thick or thin you want, I did about half an inch wide. 
When you get to the bottom hem of the leg (the folded part) cut that off, but save it for later along with the back pockets.  I have another project I use them for and will post a tutorial for it later this week. :)

Wind up your "yarn" into balls...

... and create!  I'm knitting a rug with mine.  I bet denim yarn would make a cool tote bag too! :)

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Alternative Yarn (#2): T-shirt yarn

T-shirt yarn is an awesome alternative yarn!  You get to use up those old t-shirts and create something new.  It's also a great way to recycle!

I knit this pouch with t-shirt yarn also using fabric from the t-shirt for the lining.  I added a zipper and a removable wrist strap.  The strap is a simple crochet chain. :)

There is a great tutorial on for making t-shirt yarn.

I definitely recommend giving this "yarn" a try, it's fun, it's something different, and it will make a great project for the upcoming Earth Day!

See ya later!