Monday, April 8, 2013

DIY: Pen Case from Recycled Jeans








































Why did I not think to build our Rapunzel a tower?...


But, instead ... sewed our Rapunzel a pen case, which she flew off with today!

The two of us have been packing and preparing for her class trip (click here). My hands were just itching to send her off with something discreetly mommy-made.  Since the class will already be doing school work, it wasn't the time for me to add to her work with a travel journal; then,  I remembered the jeans, jeans and more baby jeans, I had been saving. Recently, I've been up-cycyling baby clothes (click here) and realized that these jeans would make fantastic pen cases, necessaries, or even purses, if you just add a strap.

Do you, too, save baby clothes? I'm getting better sifting through the old, but, you'd think that their baby clothes could speak, the way I can't let go of their first outfits; however, recently, I'm finding inner strength and enjoying turning these baby items into something new --- Moms need to take baby steps sometimes, too! This case was made in under 30 minutes! I hope it might bring you a little inspiration. Happy Making.

If you'd like to know how, just continue below:

Supplies:

Sturdy Zipper
Baby Jeans
Needle
Denim colored thread
Scissor and pinking shears


Begin by pressing the jeans so that all seams lay flat. All pockets and zippers should be as flat as possible, so that the seams can be sewn shut. Cut the legs off to create a rectangular. On the outside, sew all openings closed (pockets and front zipper). Once these seams have been sewn securely, clip away interior extra material, with a pinking sheers; reinforce these interior seams by hand or with a surger to prevent raveling. After the pockets, zippers and any external opening have been closed, turn this inside out, with the right sides facing one another, and sew up the bottom. The last step will be to add a zipper to the top: First pin, then sew a zipper onto the top (waistband) area of the jeans. I used one that had larger, industrial teeth and a finger sized loop pull. Happy Creating!

Something you might like:
DIY: Card Pen Case - use collectible cards for a personalized case --- baseball, horse, Lego, etc.
Luggage Tags
Travel Journal (click here) and (here: page-a-day)
Travel Freezer Paper Tees
Pocket Necklace


14 comments:

  1. Very creative. Like this! I'm not a pro in sewing but is it possible to keep the jeans pockets for extra storage space?

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    1. Yes, if you use a traditional pocketed jean, such as Levis; but, not this side pockets unless you'd sew in a snap. (I love little extra pockets like you are suggesting!)

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    2. Velcro. I would use Velcro to close the pockets... Nice spaces for little things: paper clips, band-aids, etc.

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  2. I have a very soft spot for recycling and we have used up almost all our worn out jeans, but I haven't found anything to do with the top of the jeans. Thank you for this very creativ project!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear from you. Thanks! Yes, in fact, you could add a strap and/or tassels (like your jean tassels) and make a purse!. Thank you.

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  3. what a sweet idea...to take old baby jeans and make something for your daughter to take on her class trip. This way she'll have a piece of you in her travels and no one will know but the two of you, which makes it even more special. I just read the post you linked on class trips...so true what you say, and the wise words of your mom. I love your blog!

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    1. Oh, you make my day! Thank you so much...this is exactly what it's all about...
      Honestly, thank you!

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  4. Adorable and very practical! Love it!

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    1. I really love it when we made projects that are function yet pretty or fun, too! Thank you for taking the time to share.

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  5. This will be a cool make-up bag!! Awesome idea.. Thanks...Rita in SC

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    1. I agree! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  6. What about sewing in tabs in the bottom & putting gommets in them to make it useable for an older one to put in a binder for school or as a doodleing book?

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  7. This is potentially the cutest thing I have seen all week! Good job.

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Thank you!