It happens to everyone, eventually. You’ve lived in them, patched them, maybe even cut them off. But despite your best efforts, it’s time to kiss your beloved blue jeans goodbye. Denim is the best fabric ever and should never be thrown out. So, before you kick them to the plastic bin on the curb, consider this creative option to give your beloved Levi’s a second chance.
YOU WILL NEED
– Various pairs of old jeans
– 1m of dark blue cotton fabric (for the backing)
– 2 wooden dowels
– 1.5 m cord
– Sewing machine
– Basic sewing kit
– Cutting mat
– Rotary cutter
– Air erasable pen
Firstly, cut out the pockets from your jeans, then trim close to the edge of the cut pockets but not the pockets themselves. Turn over each pocket and cut away the excess fabric from the back, but make sure you leave the edges intact. You want to have just the front decorative part of the pocket left. Hand-sew the buttonhole on the shirt pocket closed and sew a button on top.
2. The size of your patches may be dictated by how much fabric you have from your jeans. Keep them all of the same dimension.
From the denim fabric from your jeans and shirt cut nine patches of the same dimension.
Sew all the nine patches together.
5. Iron your backing fabric and place it flat on the table. Then, lay your nine-patch on top. Pin together along the two long edges.
Sew along these two outer seams but don’t sew the two short seams at this stage. Turn your wall hanging right sides.
6. With the erasable pen, draw a line 20cm up from the upper frame, and 20 cm down from the lower frame.
7. Turn the raw top edge of both the joined front and backing fabric over by 1.25 cm. Now turn the top edge over again so it meets the erasable pen line. Check your dowel fits easily though this fold, as it’s simple to adjust at this stage to make the turned over casing wider or narrower if needs be. Then sew along this seam and press. Repeat for the other edge.
8. Pin your pockets in place. Stitch the pockets in place by sewing. Make sure you back-stitch at the top corner of each of the pockets a couple of times – this will give them strength.
When all the pockets are sewn on and pressed, iron your wall hanging and then insert the top and bottom wooden dowels. Tie the cord around both ends of the top dowel and tape the loose ends of the cord to the dowel on both sides so that it sits flat inside the wall hanging.