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Update Your Old Jeans to Fit

Update Your Old Jeans to Fit

What do you do with your old jeans that no longer fit? You can update them so they fit like new with a few scraps of recycled denim, here’s how!

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Make your jeans fit better with this easy jean hack!

 

Jeans that Don’t Fit

We are all guilty of purchasing something that didn’t really fit us. Recently, I came home with a pair of jeans that were 3 sizes to small from the department store. I don’t know what possessed me to buy them because I knew they didn’t fit. I wanted a high waist style in a dark denim, but the store did not have my size. I had a coupon and a gift certificate that I needed to use, so I bought them anyway. These brand new jeans were not returnable and had been sitting in my closet for ages. They had never been worn, until now. I could give them to the thrift store, but I was determined to not waste them. After a bit of experimenting, I figured out how to get the perfect fit by sewing an insert down the side of the jeans. The insert is made of strips of recycled denim (I love my scraps of my boys old jeans!) that were stitched together in a colorful stripe. This is an easy project, here’s what you will need:

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Updated Jeans Supplies

• Jeans that are too small

•9-10 Strips of used denim or other heavy fabrics, cut 2 1/2″ wide

•Sewing Machine and thread

•Scissors or rotary cutter, mat and ruler

•Measuring tape

Directions:

1. Measure your waist and record the measurement on a piece of paper. My waist is 42″.

2. Measure the jean waistband circumference. Subtract this number from your waist measurement to get the amount of inches you need to add to the jeans. If you are a curvy fit, you may need to compare the hip measurements as well. My jeans measured 36″ at the waist. So when I subtract 42-36= 8″, 8″ need to be added to get the jeans to fit. By dividing 8 in half, there is 4″ to add to each side of the jeans. If you need to add extra room in the hips, it is easy to shape your insert on a curve so you are adding more to the area where it is needed to fit.

My denim scraps are cut off of our boys old jeans.

Strips are cut 2 1/2″ wide and made as long as possible.

3. Sew the strips of denim together with 1/4″ seam allowance, matching the left edges, the length of the piece. You can piece the strips together if they are too short as needed.

4. Cut into pieces the width that you need for your insert with a rotary cutter or scissors, mine were 4″. If you need more room in the hip, your pieces may be wider in that area. I did not include seam allowance in these calculations for simplicity.

5. Sew the cut strips together edge to edge in long strips until the piece is long enough to fit down the side of your jeans plus 1″ for hemming. Trim away excess. Hem the top and bottom edges of the strip with 1/2″ folded hem.

6. Cut side seam of jeans apart, from hem up through the waistband, removing seam allowance and any rivets that may be in the way of stitching a new seam. Baste pocket to the side of the jeans if needed (My pocket was sewn into the side seam, so when I cut the side seam away the pocket was loose. It was basted in place at the side seam to make the sewing easier for the next step.)

7. With right sides together, sew the insert to the side of the jeans on the front and back. Repeat on the other leg. Press and enjoy!

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These jeans are now super comfortable to wear! The denim insert has a bit of stretch to it fits great, and it is so nice to have new jeans with a unique design to wear! I am thrilled that this purchase was not a waste of money and I know I will get lots of wear out of them this fall! If you would like more information on diy fashion projects from my Chambray Blues Blog, click here! Thanks to Deborah for having me guest post!

If you love this idea, here are some other recycled fashion posts:

How to Make a Quilted Potholder from Scraps

Mens Thrifted Shirt Upcycle Hack in 7 Steps

Re-cyled Jean Denim Vest

Easy to Make Scrappy Denim Skirt

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

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How to Make a Quilted Potholder from Scraps

How to Make a Quilted Potholder from Scraps

You can make good use of your fabric scraps when you re-purpose them into something new. Here’s how to make a quilted fabric potholder with your quilting leftovers.

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Quilted Potholders are easy to make from your fabric scraps!

 

 

I’ve been trying to re-use and up-cycle more of my fabric scraps for projects. I used to throw them away, but fabric is sooo expensive. Recently, I learned that fabric doesn’t decompose in the landfill and fabric waste is a growing global problem. Rest assured, I no longer want to waste anything that can be sewn into something useful! These adorable potholders are made from my most recent quilt project leftovers. You can learn about how I made the quilt blocks that I used here. It doesn’t matter what fabric scraps you use, pretty much any fabric will do for this project. Here are some recycling ideas:

Recycled Fabric Sources

left over quilting cotton

old t-shirts

men’s dress shirts

worn out jeans

kids shirts

old table cloths

thrifted fabrics or clothes with pretty patterns

flannel sheets or pillowcases

Worn out blankets

quilt batting pieces or leftover fiberfill stuffing from craft projects

There are lots of options for fabrics! I like to use a couple of left over quilt blocks and some quilting cotton scraps for this project. You will need fabric and batting about 9″ square. In addition, if your pieces are smaller, simply stitch them together until you have a 9″ square. This is a great way to learn to sew or quilt!

Woven pieces of fabric can be single needled stitched together until you have a large enough piece. You can even sew small pieces of quilt batting together with a zig-zag stitch (overlapping the pieces) to get a 9″ squares needed for this project.

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Leftover cotton quilting scraps

Potholder Supplies Needed:

•Two 9″ fabric squares for front and back of potholder (any fabric or pattern)

•10″ square of quilt batting

•Strip of binding fabric, 2 1/2″ by 44″ (can be pieces of other fabrics sewn together)

•Straight pins, safety pins

•fabric basting adhesive (optional)

•Sewing Machine, free motion quilting foot (optional)

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Sew fabric loops at the end for easy hanging.

Potholder Sewing Directions:

1. Layer backing fabric, quilt batting or a thin layer of fiberfill stuffing, and top fabrics together. You can use a spray basting adhesive to hold them in place or use a few safety pins to secure.

2. Using a free motion quilt foot, quilt as desired in a random pattern. You can quilt with straight rows stitches every few inches across the fabrics if you do not have a free motion foot. The quilting holds all of the layers together and makes the pot holder more durable.

3. Trim edges even.

4. Fold binding in half lengthwise, apply to front of potholder matching raw edges, folding the binding at corners to fit. Finally, pin in place with straight pins. Stitch around all sides with a 3.0 single needle stitch, leaving a 3″ tail of binding at the last corner.

5. Trim seams to 1/4″. Turn folded binding edge to back side of potholder, pin fold over first seam. Fold under excess fabric at corner to get a “almost” mitered fit. Top stitch 1/8″ away from inside edge, sewing all the way to the end of the fabric loop piece (encasing raw edges).

6. Finally, to make the hanging loop, fold back extra fabric and secure with 3-4 back and forth stitches.

Need help? Watch this video tutorial!

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Here are some more fun relevant recycled projects:

Mens Thrifted Shirt Upcycle Hack in 7 Steps

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

Sew a Pocket Square in 3 Easy Steps

Easy to Make Scrappy Denim Skirt

 

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How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

This is such a fun project to make with your Cricut! The Simplicity sewing pattern is cut to size on the Cricut machine and ready to sew in minutes!

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 Sew a Denim Ruffled Purse

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


My Cricut has been going non-stop lately. I have been cranking out the projects and pushing my little machine to it’s limits. Cricut and Simplicity Patterns have sponsored me for this campaign, and I am so excited to share this project with you! Cricut has a great partnership with Simplicity Sewing Patterns, there are many options available in Cricut Design Space for sewing patterns that you can use with your Cricut Maker. This Ruffled Purse project is easy to download and cut out in minutes. My fabrics for this project came from my large scrap bag of old jeans and a remnant of a cotton batik pillowcase. The legs were removed from the jeans, flattened and cut to fit on the Cricut mat. Here are my top tips for making your project a success!

This is the future of sewing! Simplicity and Cricut are hard at work to develop and release more sewing patterns in the near future. Having the patterns cut on the Cricut machine is so much more efficient, saving time, fabric, and energy! Can’t wait to see what else they will come up with in the future!

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How to Use Recycled Denim (or other recycled material) in the Cricut:

1. Remove bulky seams as much as possible. For this project it was helpful to view each cutting layout in Design Space on the mat before it was cut. I was able to plan out where the denim seams would fall (and place them in between pattern pieces), and keep them out of the way of the cutting knife as much as possible. The Cricut Maker can cut through a lot of material, but cutting through the bulky denim seams is rather risky. I had to restart my machine once or twice when it got stuck on the seam. My machine was able to cut through the side seam of my jean leg, you can see it in the photo above at the center front and back of the purse. It looks very natural, like it was planned to be there!

2. Use a clean fabric mat. Denim shreds a lot of debris when cut. By using a clean mat, or even a new one each time the pieces were cut I was able to achieve crisp adhesion and get clean cuts with the fabric blade. Be sure the fabric is truly stuck to the mat, I used a Cricut rolling tool to be sure it was adhered as much as possible.

3. Place fabric right side down on the mat. As per cutting directions, the right side of the fabric should be face down.

4. Use a dark colored pen for marking. I realized too late that my blue fabric marking pen is too light in color to show up on the denim fabric. Use a dark colored fabric pen in the Cricut machine for marking when using denim.

Ready to start?? Here we go!

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Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included for your convenience):

• Cricut Maker

•Rotary Fabric Cutting Blade

•Simplicity Ruffled Purse Sewing Pattern

•One pair old denim jeans legs removed, about 5/8 yard total (can be several different pieces)

•Cotton batik printed fabric for ruffles and purse lining, about 5/8 of a yard

•Pellon Craft Fuse Interfacing, 1/2 yard

•Thread

•Fabric Grip Mat 12 x 24″

•Hook and loop tape (optional)

 

 

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Cutting Directions:

  1. Download and print the pdf sewing directions for the Simplicity Ruffle Purse Pattern from Design Space.
  2. Hand cut the denim pieces to fit on the mat. Keep in mind the direction of the grain as specified for each cut.
  3. Cut one 9 x 23″ piece of interfacing.
  4. Cut 10 x 16″ piece of contrasting print batik fabric for purse lining with grain running parallel to the 10″ side.
  5. Cut one 8 x 20″ piece of contrasting print batik fabric for purse ruffle with grain running parallel to the 20″ side.
  6. Cut one 12 x 20″ piece of denim with grain running parallel to the 20″ side.
  7. Cut one 4 x 20″ piece of denim with grain running to parallel to the 20″ side.

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Purse Assembly:

1. Apply fusible interfacing to wrong side of purse front and back pieces.

2. Sew long ends of ruffle with a 3/8″ narrow hem.

3. Gather ruffle with a 5.0 basting stitch, sewing along marked center line. Stitch to front of purse with 3.0 top stitch along center of ruffle.

4.Apply interfacing to denim purse handles. Stitch ends of handles together.

5. Sew purse front and back in place on handles, matching circles and notches. Clip curves, press.

6. Assemble lining, repeating step 5. Attach lining to purse with right sides together matching circles and notches, leaving opening at bottom for turning.

7. Turn right side out, top stitch bottom opening closed. Press seams. Tie ends of straps together.

8. Hand sew hook and loop tape on purse for closure if desired.

Thanks to Cricut and Simplicity for sponsoring this post!

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My little Ruffled purse will be a great addition to my collection of Cricut made projects, this denim hat is another Simplicity pattern that is available for the Cricut. Don’t forget to Pin these projects! You can read the full Woman’s Hat tutorial here:

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

5 Step Easy Headband

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

How to Read a Sewing Pattern Envelope

 

 

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