Friday, October 22, 2010

Recycled Denim

What do you do with those old blue jeans that are a little too snug? Yeah, I know the story cause I have the same one...... that dang dryer SHRUNK them! Sometimes when Goodwill is having their first Saturday of the month HALF off sale, I usually hit them to buy a few nice textures to make "Tattered" flower lapel pins out of.

Using the Tattered Flowers die cut by Sizzix's designer, Tim Holtz, cut out two sets of flowers from scrap denim. To get the two different colors of denim, turn every other layer over to the wrong side when stacking. For added interest, stamp wrong side (light side) of denim with a script or stamp of your choosing with StazOn permanent ink. Top it off with a crystal, button, or piece of recycled jewelry. Add your pin back & wha've got a new fashionable accessory to wear to wow your friends once again!

I'm fixing to attempt this same feat with burlap. I know I'll have to treat the burlap first to keep it from fuzzing off on the person wearing get it to cut in my Sizzix die cut (Tattered Flowers) out by Tim Holtz without getting stuck in all the wrong places. I became the proud owner of about 150 yards of burlap (dark brown & the usual tan) and I'm dying to see what all I can make out of it! The flower will be my first creation with the burlap. You WILL see lots more designs from burlap, I can assure you!


pat moyers said...

Love this. I don't have to go to Goodwill...the dryer has shrunk most of my jeans anyway!!!! Wonder what that ice resin would d to the burlap?????? Can't wait to see what you do with it and in the meantime I am going to make a jeans flower. Pat

Subriagirl said...

Hey Pat, not sure how the IR would do on burlap but you ought to see how these BURLAP FLOWERS turned out! Yay, love it when a plan turns out right!! Will post shortly.

michelle lockett said...

Love the pin

LMcBurney said...

I really like your recycled denim pin. Some ladies from my church are making quilts with recycled jeans for a childrens home. I am going through their scraps now. I plan to have ladies make this pin as a craft for our annual ladies gathering in December. Thanks for the idea. I will give you credit. Any tips on making this work for me?