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Folkmarks - The many uses of worn jeans

W\hen I read about a fellow who used an old pair ofjeans to make a baby swing for his child it triggeredsome memories for me of quilts I made from wornout jean material. Sad to say the quilts met an untimely endand were destroyed.

W\hen I read about a fellow who used an old pair ofjeans to make a baby swing for his child it triggeredsome memories for me of quilts I made from wornout jean material. Sad to say the quilts met an untimely endand were destroyed. However, they demonstrated how usefuljean material is for projects.

Use your old jeans, as material to create new items,don't sell them on Ebay or at a flea market. It's fun andthere is no reason to be concerned if your project failsbecause no one is going to be wearing jeans that are in tattersanyway.

For instance, if you have a pair of jeans you wore to neatevents you can cut a rectangle from them. Put it in a frameand before you do that write on the piece of material. Youcan have your friends sign your material before you frameit, too. It can become a conversation piece.

If you don't mind a lot of work you can save old jeans tomake braided rugs, but I warn you that's a lot of work.

I've seen the neatest purses made from old jeans. Someof them had fringes fashioned from the jean material. I sawone that had beads fastened to the fringes. They wereclunky but totally original and some people would love toget one to wear with, what else, their favourite jeans. Supercreative types can think of all kinds of things to make fromused jean material. Jean material makes great book coversand you can easily sew one to cover the fact that you arereading a romance novel instead of something educational.Most novels come in similar sizes so the worst case is peoplemay think you're reading western novels and that's nota bad thing when you live in a town that has a rodeo oncein a while.

There is nothing wrong with turning the useful part ofthe legs from your old jeans into a sack for groceries.Simply open the material and sew them into a sack. Makethe handles from jean material too and go shopping. You'llbe able to recognize your bag from across the mall.

If your jeans are still in good shape and you don't wantto cut them up you can always make them look worse. Tossa bit of bleach on them and don't forget to wash it outbefore it totally eats the material. You can drag thembehind your car while driving on a gravel road. Leave themon your driveway and drive on them for a few days. One ofour children put battery acid on a new pair of jeans tomake them look old and you can do the same. If your oldjeans are not full of holes that will do it, but I definitelydon't recommend that procedure.

If your old jeans are too clean looking you can do thedriveway technique to grind in some dirt or you can rubmud into them the next time it rains. The right type ofmud, most clays of any type, will stain the material in a satisfactoryway. Of course, some people's jeans already havedirt stains, holes, paint stains and other signs of work doneand they don't have to spend any time at all making theirjeans look terrible. Time and lack of maintenance havedone it for them.

If you want to make your jeans look really terrible youcan snip holes in them before you leave them on the driveway.This works best on a gravel driveway so if you don'thave a gravel drive ask a friend to let you use theirs. Failingthat you can borrow a cement mixer and toss some graveland water in and let the cement mixer give your jeans thedestroyed look. Be careful with this one though as a cementmixer can leave you with jeans that are all seams and youwont' be wearing them any place. If you don't like theresults go ahead and market them on Ebayyou neverknow

Since arrival to Dawson Creek in 1960, Margo Hannahplants, paints and ponders, utilizing thrift and sloth toaccomplish all.

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