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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Repurposed Jeans into Aprons


Old Jeans & Bib Overalls.
Stencils & Fabric Paint. 


Lace & A Sewing Machine.


Hexies From My Stash.



This was an old pair of my favorite bibs.
I used to wear them to garden in 
and then to paint in.

Now they are too small . . .
but I needed a painting apron and
they were perfect for this project.



 As you can tell this used to be 
the back of a pair of jeans.










Like I've said in my last two posts . . .
Don't throw away those old jeans.

Re-purpose them instead.
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Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)


51 comments:

  1. AMAZING Connie! I am in love with this aprons!!!

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  2. These are fantastic. Love them both. I especially like the one made with the bib overalls. You are so clever.

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    1. I love those old bibs, but I was twenty pounds lighter when I wore them. This way I can still enjoy them and I needed a paint apron away :)

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  3. Connie, this is so adorable! I used to own a sewing machine and was somewhat handy with it, but I lost interest at the time and sold it. I am wanting to invest in another one after looking at some of your projects and see if I still have it in me!

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    1. I would be lost without a sewing machine. When Steve and I were first married he wanted to buy me a new machine . . . so I looked around and found an old 1950's Viking zig-zag . . . I think I paid $125 (1976) for it. He couldn't believe that I bought a secondhand machine, but that machine has proven to be a treasure. Then about twenty years ago I bought a new lower end viking . . . around $500 and gave my daughter the old one. I tried later to trade her the new one back for the old one, but no dice. She loves that machine! The machines that I use now are Brother and Brother makes a great machine. I am very pleased with them and they don't break the bank. Mine were both under $500, but you can find very nice ones for half that. Do a little research before you buy. Researching products is so easy, now that computers have costumers writing in reviews. Remember don't throw away any old jeans, LOL.

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  4. You are a genius! They are both adorable. I have a pair of jeans that is nearing the end of it's life, so I'll keep this in mind.

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    1. They make great aprons and you can get two aprons from one pair of jeans. I have the front of this pair setting on the counter ready to turn into another apron. You'll probably see it in a future post :)

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  5. What cute ideas! I love the half apron and may be trying that myself. I miss the days when everyone wore aprons around the house.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Hi Betsy, have you heard of our blizzard. We now have two foot drifts and three feet piled up snow from shoveling and we haven't even shoveled yesterdays snow yet. Yesterday it snowed all day and then last night we had frozen rain. It is just too icy out there to take the chance. After you telling me how you and your husband both fell . . . it's scary weather.
      I find that when I wear pants without pockets I have no place for my phone . . . aprons are great for that:) The more you wear them the more you will find them to be indispensable. I wear them for cooking all the time. I hope you try this the next time you think about throwing out a pair of jeans :)
      Stay warm my friend . . . I do hope that you are healing from your fall.

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  6. Now they are impressive, you are inspirational.

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  7. Connie, you have the most clever ideas when it comes to all to re-purpose things! The painting apron is adorable, as well as the other apron. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Re-purposing old jeans is a favorite thing to do, for me . . . are you going to try it?

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    2. Hmmmm...I will give that some thought, Connie. My daughter once took a pair of her husband's old corduroy pants and made a teddy bear. I'll let you know (and show you pics) if I come up with something I could make with some old jeans. :-)

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  8. Recently I tried on a pair of jeans at a thrift store. They had a lot of embroidery and even "jewels" attached ( it looked as if they came from the factory decorated like that). I grinned to myself thinking how I'd embarrass my kids if I ever wore such. But if I could make creations like you do that pair of jeans would certainly have come home with me.
    I especially like that first apron, the one with the lace along the bottom. So cute.

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    1. You could have turned them into many great projects. Combined with lace they would have made very pretty aprons :)

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  9. Connie, You are so crafty and a great seamstress. I like those aprons...they will last a life time. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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    1. You're right, denim never wears out. These aprons are fun and look really cool when you're barbecuing :)

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  10. Hi Connie, how adorable!! I love what you did with the jeans, you are so creative! Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    1. Hi Kelly, thanks for stopping by and thanks for your sweet words :)

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  11. My husband is always trying to get me to make some of these to sell. I don't know why I haven't but yours are so cute, I just might make one for my granddaughter.

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. You must give them a try . . . you'll be surprised at how much fun they are.

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    1. Hi Rebecca, and thanks . . . just trying to stay busy sewing, until garden season starts. Spring is going to look heavenly this year.

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  13. Hi Connie, I love the jean aprons. I bought one years ago and think it is so cute but it is only a half apron. I am always splattering something on my T=shirts when cooking unless I have a full apron on so need to make a bib one! Need to take time out to go to Good Will!

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    1. Hi Nancy, well, as soon as you have everything set up in your new craft-room, you will have to give this a try. We got rain on top of our snow drifts and it is icy and slick outside. I'm going to try getting to the shed today and get my grow lights. If I take a few steps and it feels too scary . . . it with wait. This is a winter to put down in our record books. burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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  14. Great ideas with the old jeans.
    By the time I throw out my old jeans they are thread bare with lots of holes in them. : ) Probably not much good for anything.

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    1. I don't know, but if you go into a high-end young people's shop, those old thread-bare jeans might sell for three or four time what you paid new for them, LOL.

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  15. GASP! CUTE APRON!! I love it! I tell ya, I used to not like the color red at all, and now I LOVE IT! And it looks adorable with that apron. If you were around last year I would have given you about a dozen pair of jeans, instead of dropping them off at the Good Will. Don't hate. I probably have that many more. I reckon' I need to repurpose...as soon as I use up my stash of yarn and material and roving.

    Cindy

    PS...I tawt I taw a puddycat! I did! I did saw a puddycat! Tweety used to be my favorite cartoon!

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    1. Tweety was always a favorite of mine, too . . . another reason for not wanting to get rid of those old bibs.

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  16. Very cute aprons, Connie. I've seen a lot of repurposed jean projects on Pinterest. Fun. xo

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    1. I know there are so many things that you can do with them . . . including woven rugs :)

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  17. Really, really cute, Connie. You do such a great job and have a good eye for putting things together. Happy Sewing! Hope you have a great weekend. I did something new on my blog today if you get a chance to pop by....xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, I'll do that:) Thanks for your sweet words, I'm happy you like this.

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  18. Now those are CUTE aprons! You are so creative. and to think of all the old jeans I've thrown away.

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    1. Maybe you'll give making a few of these a try. They are not even close to as lovely as your aprons . . . just a little trick with old jeans :)

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  19. very creative, I love that you used the back for those perfect pockets, so pretty!

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    1. Hi Connie, I use the back and the front . . . why not, you can get two aprons from one pair of jeans. I have the front of this pair painted differently, I just haven't started an apron yet. I'll save it for another post:) Thanks so much for stopping by . . . I appreciate your blogging friendship :)

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  20. Just darling Connie! After looking at all the Pinterest ideas on recyling jeans, I decided to make myself a large carry-all bag.. I didn't use jeans but used an old (new.. I never wore it!) western type skirt that I bought to dance in (years ago when I was much thinner).....and made the skirt into a neat big bag to carry my yarn in or shoes or my boots, etc. I love it.. and going to post it on my blog soon. That skirt has sat around in my stash as I knew I could make "something" from it.. as was/is brand new. It had a matching vest which I sold somewhere along the way.. darn.. I could have repurposed it too! I do LOVE your paint apron and the other with the red ruffle. Stay warm! Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn, I'll be looking forward to seeing your bag. Happy weekend :)

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  21. Connie, you are just the cleverest! I have one of these that my cousin made for me, but I love how you added the hexies and the stenciled hearts are simply darling! Would love if you shared them with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann, the last two times that I tried to share on SYC I got an error. Maybe you could email me a step by step, because I am apparently doing something wrong. I did it once and it worked, so I'm beside myself . . . I'm far from being a computer wiz . . . I'm afraid my wiz has fizzle out, LOL. I am delighted that you like them and want me to share our lovely link party.

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  22. Just brilliant Connie.
    I love how you've done this, so creative.

    Take care

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, You are so sweet, thank you :)

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  23. Connie, those are adorable!! I, too, love working with old jeans/denim.
    xo
    Lynn

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    1. Hello Lynn, I hope that you are having a lovely Valentine's Day. Thanks for stopping by and for being such a sweet blogging friend.

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  24. guess what I will be doing with my old jeans, lol.... Hugs, LJ

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    1. I am so happy that I could inspire you :)

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