Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Jean Curtains.

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With 3 kids I accumulate a lot of jeans, well clothes in general, that everyone has out grown. Some of Mackenzie’s I donate, the others that are too worn out I’ve been saving.

Mackenzie has needed curtains since we moved into our new place last April. I’m a slacker, I admit and put her curtains on a forgotten list somewhere. Now that I have enough jeans, and jean shorts I couldn’t put it off any longer.
I started cutting, and cutting and cutting. One pair of jeans after another pair of jeans. Cutting right in front of the seams, all the way up the legs, through the crotch and through the waistband.
Then I laid everything out until I was happy with the length and colors of everything.
Then I realized what I had laid out wasn’t going to be long enough. What did I think I was making? An area rug? So I laid everything out again and started sewing.
After clearing the process with Mackenzie, we decided to go with the distressed look. So I didn’t place right sides of the jeans together when I sewed. I overlapped the edges where I wanted the seam to be and sewed straight.

As you can see there is no rhyme or reason as to where I placed the jeans. I just went with what looked good to me and with Mackenzie's approval.
I needed some way to hang the curtains so I cut off a bunch of the leg hems from the extra jean legs I didn’t sew into the curtain.
After sewing 4 hems onto each curtain into loops, I was ready to hang and show off my work to Mackenzie.
I think I might weight the bottom corners of the each panel, they keep wanting to fold under and towards the middle. Mackenzie is tickled pink so what more could I ask for?
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1 comment:

Stacey - Elle Belle said...

What a great recycle project!