Monday, May 25, 2015

Another Recycled Pair of Jeans




Can you guess what this is?


In my house it is wise not to leave jeans lying around as I have a habit of snatching them as a potential canvas for future craft or sewing projects. I love to recycle jeans! The fabric is durable and seldom worn out after their useful life as jeans. This particular pair of jeans was cut off for shorts which leaves two very useful pant legs behind.

I made my sister a microwaveable heat pack a couple of years ago. She has used that thing every day since. It was on the smaller size and she uses it around her neck. She asked if I could make a larger one for the lumbar area of her back. Well, here it is!


It is large and it is full of rice! I was so tempted to try it out as I have a few aches and pains of my own but decided against it! It is a gift afterall.....


These loops on the end are constructed from the bottom of the pant leg--the hem line. These can be used with a belt or tie so that the bag will stay in place without having to hold it. The rice pak easily wraps around the back and covers a lot of lumbar territory!


The handles are also useful to carry the pak because there is a lot of rice in there and it is heavy! It folds in half for easier toting.


These whip up in no time flat. I like to take advantage of seams that are already in place. I only had to sew the two end seams as the pant leg was already sewn. I did opt to sew in four compartments to keep the rice from sliding to one side. I find it really annoying when that happens!


The thing I love about denim is that is goes with anything and it can be custom wrapped depending on the taste of your recipient. Remember: presentation is everything!


In this case I will be using a kraft gift bag and some tissue. My sister does not share my obsession for everything lace so a jute tie, kraft tag and bag will be a perfect presentation.


This turned out so well that I may use that last leg to make a rice pak for myself. I use them everyday and in the winter I use more than one at a time to keep myself toasty warm in the evenings!


......and here we have Miss Ellie.....she was sitting in a chair that she clearly did not fit in and she was pouting because I was sewing and not paying her enough attention! She did pick up a few grains of rice that fell out of the bag as I was pouring rice into the pak so pick up was a snap! Now for some Ellie and me time........


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40 comments:

  1. Great idea Linda! So creative! What can I say about Miss Ellie? She's a doll and my doggy pouts and barks when not given enough attention too! So cute!

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    1. Hi Kelly,
      Thank you for your sweet comment! .....and how we all spoil our furbabies! I prefer the pouting when I am sewing to some of her other behaviors. A couple weeks ago she jumped up and stole my sewing scissors and ran off with them. She knew I would drop my sewing project and go after her. Love her anyways! What kind of dog do you have?

      Thanks for dropping by Kelly!
      Linda

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  2. Hi Linda, what a fabulous project. Great idea to use the jeans. You are so very creative putting old jeans to good use. Everyone loves these heat packs. I use it on my neck after too much computer work. But mine is not like this one. I think these would be a good seller in your shop. Such a great gift.
    Oh Miss Ellie is adorable. I would get nothing done with her around!!
    Hugs and Blessings sweet friend.
    CM

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    1. Thank you Celeste,
      I use these rice paks,daily as I have had neck problems for years. I could not live without mine and I never leave home without one. They fo make great gifts and I have though about adding some to my shop. This particular one is pretty heavy though. Lol, some days I don't get much done with Miss Ellie around.....so nice to hear from you!!
      XO
      Linda

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  3. Miss Ellie is adorable! That is a great re-use ideas for the jeans!

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    1. Thank you Linda! Having had 3 daughters, I have lifetime supply of very gently used jeans! I love putting them to good use. Thanks for stopping by!
      Linda

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  4. Ellie looks patient!

    This rice pack is nice! I constantly use a freezer pack that my daughter-in-law had made for me from dachshund fabric that's stuffed with some kind of seeds.

    I still remember an article in Redbook magazine from the 1970s where a woman made beautiful church banners from old jeans. I'm afraid I probably still have a box of jean remnants in the attic where I once planned on making a banner for Christmas. Oh, my unfinished projects, you do so much better at this than I do!

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    1. Hello Dewena,
      Yes, these paks can be placed in the freezer too. I think they can be filled wirh flax seed, corn too, among other things. I think you should get out that box of remnants and make that banner. I would love to see that!!!!
      Have a nice week!

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  5. Hi Linda,
    what a great idea to reuse old jeans... I'll try too!!!
    Greetings from Italy,
    Have a nice week,
    Roberta
    La Sportina

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    1. Hi Roberta,
      Thank you for stopping by from Italy and leaving some kind feedback. I will stop by your blog too. Looking forward to my visit!
      Linda

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  6. That's such a great idea and I like your tip about making compartments. I hope you are feeling better today! You are such a precious friend and make the best handmade gifts. Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane! ....and yes I am feeling better, thanks! Rice paks are a necessity in my house, I use them every day. So do other members of my family. They are so easy to make! Thanks for visiting me! Hope all is well Diane!
      Xo
      Linda

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  7. Not like lace??? Unimaginable!!! Your wheat pack is very cool. I too love to refashion a pair of jeans into many other guises. Your Miss Ellie is very sweet....she has such an adorable face. Just visiting from the bottom of the world via The Enchanted Rose. 'Tis lovely to have happened upon your lovely blog.

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    1. Kim,
      I was just reading a couple of your blog posts and saw so many interesting things!!!
      Your quilts among other things are exquisite ! I LOVE THE DRESS FORM IN YOUR SEWING ROOM TOO! And of course in your most recent post, I love your new vintage finds! I too collect these items. I will be back to visit for sure!
      Thank you for stopping by.
      Linda

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  8. Great gift idea, yes I think you should make one for yourself too. Your sweet Ellie looks so sad in that chair waiting for you to be done!

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    1. Hi Connie,
      Thanks for dropping by my blog and for leaving some kind words. I just visited your blog and will definitely be back. I am new to paper crafting and will be looking for some inspiration down the road!
      Linda

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  9. Hi Linda, I always enjoy visiting to see what you have sewn, I used to but very far and few between sessions now. This is a clever idea and he handles are great!!! Rice paks are the best, I have one that is infused with lavender and cloves and smells so good when I heat it in the microwave.

    I have one that actually will strap around my lower back and boy do enjoy that one, I put it on when I am doing lots of cleaning to help alleviate the lower back pain.

    Thanks for stopping by to share your post and for sharing the link to my ww this week, I appreciate that so much :)

    I hope you enjoy your day!
    Karren
    xoxo

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    1. Hi Karren,
      So nice to hear from you! I think of you often as I sip tea from the lovely teacup you gave me. The sweet little doily you crocheted has found a permanent spot on my table. :)

      Yes, i also love my lavender scented rice paks. I have a set from Gardeners Catalog that I absolutely love. One wraps around the neck, another is a lap sized that actually covers my entire back. I also have the bootees. They can be sewn in so many fabrics and they make nice gifts, especially custom made in fabrics that the recipient is fond of.

      I am happy to join in and I always share a link to parties I link up to. It's the least I can do. I appreciate you hosting! I will try to participate more often!

      Enjoy the rest of your week!
      Xoxo
      Linda

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  10. I love how your projects turned out using jeans. Great re-purposing!

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    1. Thank you! It's very rewarding to create useful items from recycling materials. I appreciate your feedback!
      Linda

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  11. Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party, fantastic idea! I love upcycling and recycling and this is going to my 'to do list'! Thank you for hsaring! Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

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    1. Thank you Evija! It is my pleasure! Looking forward to reading more at your blog.
      Linda

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  12. Linda~this looks wonderful! I am leaving to pin this. What a great idea! So glad that NH is enjoying a beautiful spring day...quite chilly, but sunny!

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    1. Thank you Vee! Spring seemed elusive for a while but it is really here and we have had some beautiful spring days to enjoy! Chilly start but the sun should warm us up into high 60's. Thanks again!
      Linda

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  13. What a clever idea. I think denim, lace and burlap always make a great combination.

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  14. Thank you Betsy! I agree! Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!
    Linda

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  15. This is a great project for recycling denim! I would love for you to link up to the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party going on now at BehindtheSeamsSewing.com.
    ~Bonnie

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    1. Hi Bonnie,
      Thank you! Also thanks for the invitation to join your linky party. I will be right there!
      Linda

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  16. Hi Linda :)
    I found you on the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It party from Behind The Seams Sewing, and I am so glad I did!! I am not the greatest seamstress...if fact I don't like it at all. :P But my grandmother taught me everything, from sewing, knitting and crochet. Crochet it seems is my greatest passion :)

    However true to any crafter, I never throw anything away and have a closet full of old jeans (somewhere filed in the back of head is the I will do something with it someday.....) and I think i have found my something and someday!!! This is such a neat idea and I know several friends including myself who would love this...!! So I am going to dust off that old sewing machine go hunting for the threads and needles and whatnots :)

    Thank you for the inspiration!! You are one of my favorites now :)
    Greetings
    Joanita
    http://creativecrochettoys.blogspot.com/

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    1. Good morning Joanita,
      First thank you for visiting my blog and for the nicest comment! I love the fact that you may actually try this project based on reading my post. I hope you do. In fact, if you do, (or should I say WHEN you do) I would love to feature you and your finished project on my blog.

      The project can be simplified by not adding the handles on the side. Some people don't sew in the compartments but for someone like me who relies on heating packs daily, it's an extra step worth taking.

      I have been trying to crochet and knit but I have so much trouble maintaining consistency with my stitch size and it is rather frustrating. Perhaps I can learn something from you as well! Heading over to your blog now, thank you for your visit today!
      Linda

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  17. Love it - what a great idea! I, too, love to recycle clothing and make something new... It is terribly addicting!

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    1. Hi Cher-Ann,
      Thank you! Yes, creating something out of things found around the home is very addicting! I especially love sewing denim (recycling jeans) and I have a great supply! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I will be stopping by your blog as well.
      Linda

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  18. Clever idea! My family know not to leave jeans around too! Some people collect stamps - I collect old jeans! Visiting from the Behind the seams sewing link party.

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    1. I collect old jeans and khakis too! So I can totally relate! Thank you for stopping by from the linky party, I will stop by your blog to see what you are up to today.
      LINDA

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  19. Darling! Absolutely darling, my friend :) You are so clever and talented, Linda. I always love seeing your creations and am quite often inspired by you. Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration.

    Also, thank you SO MUCH for the thoughtful comments and for the precious prayers. I am very grateful for you and I appreciate your love and concern. Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Dear Stephanie,
      Thank you! It was so kind of you to feature my (your) gratitude pillow in your post. I sincerely appreciate it. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I know this has been a difficult time for you. Hope you are comforted by all the love showing up in your comment section Stephanie!
      xo
      Linda

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  20. This is a great recycled denim project. One of my most favorite things to do is recycle/upcycle denim.
    My cousin is getting married next year and wants to give denim totes to her wedding party, I'm hoping to find some fun colorful denim jeans. Used denim has awesome qualities that you can't find when buying denim off the bolt.

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  21. Hi Patricia,
    Thank you! It is one of my favorite things to do too. I al always amazed that the denim looks new again when reused. That speaks to the durability of the fabric even after use. You will have a project fun making totes for your cousins wedding! Thanks for coming by!
    Linda

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  22. Hello dear Linda! What a fabulous job you did of upcycling an old pair of jeans...so clever to make a rice pack - I am sure your sister was so impressed with your crafty skills and thrifty idea! I love how you packaged it as well...I usually tend to go overboard, but really, simplicity is the key and I think you achieved that! So pretty!!
    Recently a friend asked me to help her by hemming a pair of jean shorts...she also cut the legs off, and all I had to do was make a neat seam:)
    I just love what you did and hope you make one for yourself too!
    Hugs and much love to you, Linda!
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Good morning Kelly-Anne,
      You are certainly up bright and early! Thank you so much for the lovely comment, I really love to recycle denim. I certainly have enough pairs in my stash, having 3 daughters over the years who never wore jeans long enough to wear them out. Denim is also an easy fabric to work with as long as you don't have too much bulk at the seams. How nice that you were able to help your friend out hemming her shorts! Thank you for your visit this morning. I hope you have a very nice weekend Kelly-Anne!
      XO
      Linda

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