What can I make from a pair of jeans? This week's clothes upcycle.

For this week's clothes upcycle for my challenge, I chose a pair of jeans and a black and white stripy top.

The jeans had cute sparkly back pockets

 - so I made a pencil case using one of those, with the tutorial I produced a couple of weeks ago for funky pencil cases from jeans!

I also unpicked the zip from the jeans and used that to make a triangle pouch - following again my own tutorial.

I also made a fabric basket, using part of one of the jeans legs.

And a small tissue pouch using the bottom hem of the jeans!

And finally an elephant keychain stuffed with some of the scraps, again, using my own tutorial.

I still have a couple of pockets, the waistband, seams and some of the fabric left over.

So plenty more projects possible there!

Not bad from just one pair of jeans and a top.

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  1. Wowee! That's super creative! Way to upcycle!

  2. It's great maximising recycling, I'm impressed you have reused the zip - up til now that's always gone in my scraps to throw pile!!


    1. I started unpicking the zips a while ago. They are a bit fiddly but such cute little zips to use!

  3. Very clever. You made great use of the jeans. That keychain is adorable! Love the little kleenex holder. I could use one of those. Love the zipper bags and basket too. Great job!

  4. Great ideas! I really like all your creations! Thanks for the inspiration, for the tutorials and also for share with us !!! The pencil case with pocket jean is original, I love it.

    1. Thanks Marisa - the pencil case design is something I'm really happy with and want to make lots more of!

  5. Wow, fantastic use of one pair of jeans. I love it all. I especially like the tissue holder. Thanks for sharing all your creations with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. Your post will be one of our Features at this weeks party. You are truly creative.

  6. Great ideas! Loving it! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

  7. Thanks Suzie! I shall have to come and see your sweater 4 crafts series, it sounds like fun!


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