Upcycled Denim Impossible Triangle

A couple of weeks ago I tried paper piecing for the first time using my denim scrap stash and made this kangaroo pillow.

I think it turned out rather well and so was keen to try this technique again to use up a little more of my denim scraps.

I do have lots more books with patterns in, but I had this idea that I wanted to try.  Wouldn't an impossible triangle look cool in denim.

So I printed out a simple template.

Then in my usual way of learning, launched myself into it.
I cut the template pieces, then cut the corresponding denim in different shades. 

Unfortunately I hadn't thought this through very well and struggled to piece these together with inside and outside corners to deal with. My first attempt was a fail..

Undeterred, I cut the corner pieces into simple strips and tried again.

I still found that I had some corners to join - it wasn't all straight forward simple seams. So there was a lot of fiddling about, stitching and unpicking and lots of improvisation.

I think I still have a fair bit to learn about paper piecing!

In the end however, I was so excited to see the finished piece looking just like...an impossible triangle!

Now I have to decide what I'm going to do with it!
My thoughts at the moment are either:

another cushion / pillow

the side panel for a bag for me

or maybe I should just stretch and staple it to a canvas and hang it on the wall?

What do you think I should do with it?
Any other suggestions welcome too.


  1. Your Impossible Triangle is awesome! I love things that make you think. Thinking good for a purse/bag? Something that would catch a lot of eyes and make them think. Your paper piecing turned out great as well.

    1. Thanks so much Joy. I'm really proud of how it turned out. I'm thinking a bag too. It would mean I could show it off more when I go out!! :)

  2. I tend to do like you do - jump right in and expect it will work out - but this one sure looks like it took some patience on your part. Great result. I'm actually partial to the "frame and hang as art" solution. If it were some other fabric (in black, white and gray perhaps), then I'd go with a bag. ;-)

    1. Thanks Rochelle! Yes, it did take a lot of patience, but was worth it!

  3. I love upcycling with denim and I think your triangle cushion looks fantastic !

  4. How neat! This turned out great!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. The end result looks fabulous, Jill. Well done on persevering. I think I'd go for a bag or canvas.

    1. Thanks Pam. I think I am going to go the bag!


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