I missed out when Missie Lizzie B ran her Take One Jumper Challenge. I never quite got around to making the things I planned to: I never found the right sweater. So when she reached out on Twitter, suggesting that I might be up for a Jeans challenge, I was a little more responsive. I cut out the fabric almost immediately. And then I did nothing with it: progress of a kind.
And yet a flurry of activity today gave me some progress. Following instructions, I am now half way through making this brilliant upcycled apron I found at Girl and a Glue Gun. It will be perfect for the LBG, whose personalised apron has- seemingly overnight- become too small for the neck strap to fit over her head.
I also made a very easy shoulder bag for her too: I cut off the bottom of one leg, hemmed the unfinished end, and used a seam as the strap. I plan on adding detail with embroidery thread and buttons.
But my main triumph is my marble bag. I have seen a large round playmat that draws up into a large bag somewhere and it was the inspiration behind what my mother pointed out to me today was a ‘Dolly’ bag.
Firstly, you cut a large circle from your fabric. In my case, I used a large dinner plate as a template to cut rounds from both my jeans and a scrap of fabric I had left-over from some skirts I made for the Little Misses.
Turn the fabrics right-side out through the gap you left and then you can sew the hole closed.
Sew around again, this time 1/2 inch from the last line of sewing, creating a channel. Cut (carefully) a slit between the two lines of sewing, from top to bottom, but only through the outer layer of fabric (jeans in this case.)
Attach a safety pin to the end of a length of piping cord, and thread this through the hole and around the channel until you exit the slit once again.
Laying the ‘frisbee’ flat, trim your cord ends, then tie off.
I shall add photographs of other projects as I make them. I am unlikely to use every last bit of denim as Lizzie did. I lack her determination and thrift!! But I do have lots of great ideas on my Pinterest Upcycle board.