Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Let's sew a needle case using recycled jeans!

Happy 2013, one year that begins and many projects that I have in mind for this year. My list of things I want to  do keep growing and growing and those who will follow me along this new year will see the variety of projects that I will make.

My first project this year, is this needle case that actually I started last year . I think actually the name would have to be a needle book, you will see why, when you will see the photos
This is the front
This is the back
The inside of my needle case


It all started with the idea of ​​recycling this pair of jeans, when my daughter gave them to me because they did not fit, the first thing I noted was the beautiful pockets, and I have kept them with the idea of creating something whenever inspiration would come. 
Look that beautiful pockets!!!!
Analyzing the various parts of this short I found the pieces I wanted to use
First stage disassemble all the parties I will be able to use later.
First, I used the back pockets to create a piece of fabric,  that will become the front and the back side of my needle case.
 The measures do not matter as it depends on the design of the pants,  you can cut a  bigger or smaller piece or just cut two squares. Just to give you an idea, my pieces  are 8 "x9".
I cut the two pieces  and between them I sew  a strip of fabric 2.5 "wide.
Then I started to embellish my project, I used my embellisher machine to add some  roving wool and I also added some scraps of fabric.
To make the inside of the needle book, I took the measure of my external part already finished, and cut a piece of red fabric with the same measures. I think the contrast of colors is nice. On one side of the needle case I decided to make a pocket, with, what  it was before, the zipper of the pants, and added another pocket I had from another pair of jeans.
 Now I have the outside and the inside  ready to sew them together .
Before sewing them together, I cut a piece of interfacing, because I wanted to give a little stiffness to the outside of the needle case and  also sew a button .
Take the two pieces, place right sides together, aligning the row edges, added a
hair elastic in between the outside and inside of the opposite side to where I
added the button and sew, leaving 4" or 5" of the bottom open.

Turn right side out by pulling the fabric through the opening , and sew the
opening, I did with my sewing machine.

For the inside I just added two sheets of felt I had, cut them to fit the measure of
my book and sewed with the machine.
I have sewn them in the center, in the place that would be the spine of a book, simply by using a running stitch.
Everything is now ready to fill it with  needles and other sewing accessories,
I show you the final photos.
If any of you makes this project I would like you to share it with me, and if you
publish your creation on your blog I would appreciate if you can add a link back to this article.

I hope you enjoyed this post, for my part, I enjoyed it immensely while I was creating this needle case, the beauty of these projects is the improvisation, everything can be used and I guess you will agree with me, recycle, reuse and repurposing is the best gift we can give to our planet!

Have a nice day!!!!!
Marisa :)
These project was featured at Craft Gossip
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and also at Totally Tutorials !!!
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Anonymous said...

Qué bueno, Marisa!!! La creatividad es tu fuerte, la llevas en tus genes. Te felicito nada se tira todo se transforma,
Tu hermana,

Anonymous said...

Qué bueno, Marisa!!! La creatividad es tu fuerte. La llevás en los genes en los genes. Nada se destruye todo se transforma.
Te felicito!!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

What a brilliant idea, Marisa!!! I love all the pockets, including the little zippered one inside. A great upcycling project. I hope you don't mind, but I'm pinning this.

Unknown said...

Your a girl after my own heart. Up-cycle to save Mother Earth. I love love love this project.. can you tell I love it. Now all I have to do is find some cute jeans with adorable pockets. Itty Bitty's seem to have such cute jeans.. maybe I can find some similar...
Great job.. also loved the other projects.

Maria said...

You are so clever. I love the idea of recycling and this is the perfect project. Thanks for the tutorial.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Marisa you are so creative to recycle, upcycle or repurpose those blue jeans. Those were great pockets and I would have wantd them in my creation too. What a great project!

nissaMade said...

Marisa, so creative..

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Linda Coleman said...

what a talented lady you are. This is a wonderful needlebook and you have now given me such inspiration.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a neat idea Marisa! How cute! Thanks for sharing.
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Jill said...

Great use of those jeans Marisa!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Harriett said...

What a great ideal. I'm going to try something like this, someday.

Jill said...

Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this project on my round tuit post this week!
Round Tuit 137
Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Diana of Diana Rambles said...

Super cute! I saw this featured over at A Round Tuit!

Unknown said...

That's a really neat upcycle of jean pockets!

Fluster Buster said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

legato1958 said...

Totally cute! Love all the details and special things to added to make it unique!


Life's a shoe said...

oh wow, this is so awesome!

Gina's Craft Corner said...

Wow! I love those jeans! I love recycling old jeans too and that one was a big SCORE! Your added embellishments were great too!
Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner


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