Old Jeans to Cute Accessory!

Posted: April 5, 2011 by hopejoyandfaithfarm in Gifts, White Trash with a Purpose

Old jean pockets created a great little girl gift in the nick of time for me!

This last weekend we received a last minute invitation to a birthday party for a 4 year old girl.  The first problem is we live in a small town with one store that would have gifts appropriate for a little girl.  Their prices are spendy and the selection is small. The closest Dollar Store is 30 minutes away and I was not gonna spend the gas money to travel there to pick up $10 in cheap presents.  I always tell myself when this happens that I need to stock up on “generic” gifts the next time I go out of town, but I never do.

I had read this idea a week or so ago on a Facebook post (see, Facebook is good for something), and it popped into my head as an idea. So, after searching through a few million posts (note to self: Bookmark links that look interesting, it’ll save A LOT of time), I quickly read through the directions and got to work.

I have a huge stash of jeans because for years I have been thinking of making blue jean quilts and blue jean purses (from the top of the jeans). Another project I need to get busy on, but I digress.

I selected a blue jean skirt

Using the seam ripper, I turned the skirt inside out and took off the pockets

Then, before I sewed the pockets together, I added some embellishments. I dug through my button bag and took out some cute, shiny gold buttons. I found a “funky” gold tassel I’d tossed into my odds and ends drawer (I knew there was a reason I save weird things). I sewed them on tightly and finished with some glue from the hot glue gun.

Then, I pinned the pockets together, added some ribbon I had on hand, and using my handy, cheap sewing machine, double-stitched the pocket together. I must say, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I added a package of bubble gum and $4 (1 for each birthday) and wrapped it up in cute (recycled) paper. I wanted to get a picture of the birthday girl with her purse, but there were so many kids there crowded around her that I didn’t even try. One of the little girls “borrowed” it and didn’t want to return it, so I think I’ll make another one, taking the time to “specialize” it even more for her. This created a fun gift at absolutely no cost to me (not counting the bubble gum and birthday money).

So, if you are at a loss for a gift for a lil’ girl, big girl, or even a guy (it’d make a great bullet holder or nail pouch), rip some pockets off some old jeans (or if you use new ones, make sure they are not yours), and get busy stitching!

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Comments
  1. txmarina44 says:

    Excellent! Now I have a firm plan for the last-minute present that I have to come up with for this weekend. I too have a decent stash of old jeans, for the same reason. I might try a few velcro buttons to secure the opening. Will let y’all know how it works!

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