Monday, July 02, 2007

Recycled Jeans-FO

Many of my readers know I can be "frugal" about some things-well, do you recall me mentioning towards the end of the school year, when it was still too cool for Elena to wear her newer spring/summer clothes, she was blowing through her jeans (the knees) at an alarming rate? I didn't want to buy new jeans because she would outgrow them by summer's end and I knew it would only be another week or so before she could wear the new clothes I bought her for the warmer weather. As a temp fix, for two pair, I used #3 thread and crocheted a flower and sewed them on the small holes, but two pair were irreparable. Completely blown out knees and usually I would just toss them, but then I got an idea (sometimes not a good thing with me). I used my rotary blade and cut them off just above the tear in the knee and left them sit and stare at me for a long time til I decided I had to either try my idea or toss em. Well, I tried my idea on one pair and it worked out okay-a few things I'll work on for the next pair, but anyway.

I used the Skip Stitch blade I blogged about back in January. And yes, first time I used it (no, I haven't made those baby blankets yet and Mike is worried the kids will be in college before I get to them), but anyway-I measured approx 3/4" above the bottom, placed the ruler on the jeans and just ran the blade across. The slits were so tiny, you couldn't see them, but yet it was easy to crochet through them (there was a problem at the side seams and I had to use a big "weaving in" needle to make a hole for those areas.




Pre-Idea







Working it!





One leg down







Finished


I used Mimi's Cannon Cotton #8 thread and an F hook. The thread was doubled up. Used a scant amount. I did a sl st in the first cut, ch 2, sc around and then sl st for the first round and then ch 1, *2 sc in ch 2 spaces, sc in next st around. I didn't sew a hem on them first, while crocheting around the edges it kind of folded a hem on it's own-next pair I will try to do a hem. Elena saw them and proclaimed "They're too short as jeans"-I explained about Bermuda shorts and Elena announced "I told you, no shorts that come to my knee, I don't like those"-so we will see if she wears them, but it was still a project to try out.

19 comments:

C.A. said...

I LOVE that! Love the colors you chose too. Nice work! :)

Kimberly said...

Very cute! We called the longer shorts "swing shorts" when we were little as our legs would always get stuck to the swing set seats with the short shorts, so we remedied that one by wearing our "swing shorts" when we wanted to play on the swing set!

jess said...

very cool Deneen! :) I've been meaning to do that to some of my jeans actually. :)

Pink said...

Very cool!

Wendy said...

Those are totally cute! I might do something like that with Sierra's blown out jeans. I need to get one of those blades.

Sheila said...

Way to go!!! love it. My daughter being tall was constantly outgrowing her jeans and during the summer I would cut them and buy appliques or fabric markers and refashion them... I also did her jean jackets. It actually became a hit with her friends...lol

April said...

Now that's a great idea. I may have to try that sometime on some household items for trims, etc.

Oh, to be young again. I can't imagine wearing shorts that are much shorter than the bermuda length ones. I am sure my peers and society at large are both equally pleased that I take their feelings into consideration and wear shorts that are a little less....revealing? :)

Kenyetta said...

My girls think those are awesome! I wish I could crochet!!

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

So awesome! I've linked to it on my blog--do you know if the blade lady has a web site yet? I googled her, and couldn't find any thing...

Mimi said...

Very neat work, Deneen, and it turned out pretty too! Hope Elena will come to love it ;)

DixieRedHead said...

looks great!

KnitXcorE said...

i saw these on ravelry already. how cute! u crafty betch!

Megan said...

Too cute!!

Mandi said...

Love,love,love it!

Linda said...

I hope Elena changes her mind and gives them a try. I know she'll get a lot of compliments on them. The edging makes them so cute.
(It looks as if Ravelry has really increased the number of people who view your blog.)

Firemanshunny said...

I love it! Great idea. I wish I had one of those blade things. How could you do it with out one?

Deneen said...

You could use an awl type thing and punch holes.

AntiChristy said...

That's really cool.
I mean really. I'd have never thought of it myself.

Jewels said...

Excellent project. They're so cute in the colors you used.

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