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More recycling

I came across the tutorial for this craft bucket via "Whip up" a few months ago and was so delighted that finally I had the perfect project for those old torn jeans I've been saving.

Three sisters

Who saves old ripped jeans? Me. Because, I don't know, I just love the way jeans look... it's also a lot of heavy sturdy fabric and it feels funny just throwing them out. So I keep them because I don't know what to do with all of our sprawling 900+ square feet! Anyway, once I started I thought I'd make three, because I had three pairs of jeans and because, why not? So much fun. It's quite easy to make. If you are not interrupted 23 times, you could do it in less than a couple of hours.

This one's mine

This one I made first and immediately stuffed it with my current knitting project. I usually use baskets for my knitting, but this is SO MUCH better. The jeans pockets inside hold all the usual knick knacks like measuring tape, extra needles, pens that normally would somehow disappear in my basket and I could never find them. This way it is so neat. I love order. Then you stuff it with the wool and the walls hold up and it looks cute wherever.

Noni's bucket

This one was next and Veronika claimed it immediately for her "Barbies". She only has one and a few miniature ones (or whatever they are), so I usually stuff a few toy animals in there to make the bucket stand up (I don't know how the pink foamy crown got in there). I have to admit, I changed the project directions after I made the first one, because as it turns out, sewing over jeans is really hard and making everything straight is even harder, because guess what, jeans are curvy and whatnot and so for the two subsequent buckets I did a lot of snipping around before I sewed anything together. I'm so handy.

The one you can have

The third one is the perfectest one, because by then I had practice. It's made with my old Long & Lean's from GAP. And guess what? If you want it, you can have it. Email me! I will accept money for postage, the time, tears and sweat spent are free.

Posted at 02:16 PM on August 29, 2007 | Comments (6)


I took this:


And turned it into this:

Boy in green with matching pacifier

It's not that I'm this poor or thrifty, but once I had the idea, I just had to try it out. I feel bad for little boys in summer, there are no flouncy skirts or airy dresses, they are stuck with shorts and t-shirts or a version thereof. It must be rather uncomfortable and sticky. Converting an old t-shirt or tank top is the ideal solution, because they are usually soft and thin and won't stick to the skin. Given how fast boys go through clothing in summer especially it makes sense money-wise too. Anyway, the point is, I am a genius.

Click here to see how I did it!

Posted at 02:46 PM on August 15, 2007 | Comments (4)