I'm on a revamping mission. Or is it upcycling? It could be repurposing I suppose. But then again maybe I'm recycling. I'm sure there is an argument to say I'm refashioning. What is the difference anyway?
Recycling according to wikiwhatsit is processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.
Whereas upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.
Repurposing on the other hand is to use a tool for use as another tool, usually for a purpose unintended by the original tool-maker.
And Refashion does not exist according to the authority that is wikiwhatsit. So it definitely can't be that.
Could jeans be considered a tool? Not sure so let me just say that I have a couple of pairs of jeans that are too big (yay!) and too shabby to be decent for anything more than gardening and I couldn't just throw them out. One pair has a particularly nice back pocket which I thought I could use for something so I googled recycle/repurpose/upcycle/revamp jeans/denim and after hours of research which uncovered a denim covered car (save that project for another day) I found I was spoilt for choice.
Some of the projects I found look really simple (I say look, but the reality may be anything but simple) and some are of a seriously professional quality. Now there's a profession: Jeans Upcycler. Explain that at a dinner party!
Here are some of my favourites:
- Knee patches
- Turn them into a skirt
- Crop them
- Make a bag
- Make a pot for pens
- Make a pot holder
- Make coasters
- Make a quilt (you may need a few pairs of jeans for this one)
- Upholster an armchair (yeah in my spare time!)
- Make a whale
- Weave a handbag
- Make a pencil roll
- Create art (requires an artistic eye that I may not possess)
- Make a corsage (check out missielizzie who has a Jeanius Challenge going on)
- Make an owl
- Make a coffee cup cosy
- Make bunting
- Make a dog coat (This is not Misty by the way)
- Make an ipod, iphone, kindle case
- Make a cushion
- Noticeboard organiser
- Mobile phone socket organiser
- Make gift wrapping
- Make some monsters!
- Make a business or credit card case.
I really want to try to get the most out of them though, so I am going to make a skirt, an owl cushion, a corsage, a monster, a mobile charging pocket, and a business card holder.
So watch this space and who knows what jean-carnage will be erupting here soon!
Sorry Misty but you will have to wait to get your doggy jacket!
I had wondered why you were pinning so many! Do you need a special needle to sew denim?ReplyDelete
What a fantastic idea! You are very creative aren't you? I look forward to seeing what you create!ReplyDelete
Oh how fab.ReplyDelete
Hacking up jeans is definitely where it's at! Shame you missed my challenge (that was won by the one and only Maggy Red Ted Art), but I hope you give some of the ideas a go.
I've seen photo frames; rugs; chairs and place mats all from denim at ridiculous prices in homeware shops x
Some great ideas here. Denim is great for projects isn't it. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the Great Ideas.ReplyDelete
Very inspirational. Have 20 pair of denim jeans.
I have cut/separated the legs/from top of jeans. Separate bins. Now to start my project.