Projects & Recipes
By now most of you are aware I recycle all kinds of crazy things, and re-purposing blue jeans is no exception. Several of my projects have been created from old jeans & sweat shirts because they seem to go hand in hand. Something about a comfy pair of jeans mixed with a soft old sweat shirt seems to be the “go to” outfit for us up here in the northern states. Thanks to my husbands cousin, she recently turned into a fountain overflowing with old jeans, and was nice enough to pass some on to me. Carol has opened a new secondhand shop in Big Fork Minnesota called Cabin Fever Shoppe, so if you’re in the neighborhood drop on in. Her shop is located in the Splitting Mall in Big Fork, and she has about everything under the sun. There are times when she gets new loads in from people, she ends up making a pile for me. These are items she doesn’t think will sell, and sometimes I think she picks out the ugliest items known to humankind to toss in that pile just to see what I will turn it into.
A couple of weeks ago I started cutting up some old blue jeans, after I completed a blue jean slipper challenge issued by a friend. Some of you might recall the old twin size headboard I re-purposed into a office bench and the temporary cushion I made for it. I will be the first to admit a huge pillow filled with plastic grocery bags was not one of my better idea’s, but I had to have something for the kids to sit on. I knew that if I was patient enough, carol would bring me something I could turn into a more permanent solution. Low and behold, last week she showed up with 2 funky old couch cushions…JACKPOT! Now armed with a electric knife and sewing machine, I knew I was unstoppable.
The next step after the panel was done, turned into a battle. The bench in it’s original state had been claimed by Buck, one of our dogs. My intention for the bench was for the kids to sit on it while they watched movies on my PC in my office. Buck, however, wholeheartedly believes I have taken all this time to make him an awesome bed. Clearly the poor dog is delusional. While I laid out the cushions for the bench, he would get up on them and lay down. There I was with a Sharpie marker, trying to mark the cushion and his big butt was on it. Laying out the fabric afterward was not different. One underestimates just how difficult it is to properly measure fabric on a cushion, with a 90 pound dog sprawled out on top of everything. He sure did run when I turned on the electric knife to cut the cushions.
I had to cut the cushions twice, due to the fact that while Macgyver & I went out on the ATV one day, Buck was in the throws of a bad case of separation anxiety and ate the cushions. Once I had the second set done I held them together with yarn. Yeah,I was grasping I know, but I tied them together as if I had a load of lumber on our truck. In the meantime, I was cutting apart an old bed sheet to make a layered shirt and sewing the back to the fabric panel. Buck spent his time rearranging my cushion pieces, mostly on to the floor. He seemed to be really attached to the larger piece and would kick all others out of the yarn by stretching and then flicking them on to the floor. Have to say, Buck is super lucky he didn’t end up being part of the new bench cushion.