Earth Day, Shmerth Day 2012

Being resourceful & finding new uses for things is a normal way of life for us. I grew up that way & those skills were sharpened as the size of our family grew. Every year I share another practical way to be smart with what you have… and this year is no different.

NOTE:
This project wasn’t planned as an “Earth Day Project.”  This is the way it came to be…

The bridal shower of our sweet friend was just a week away.
Trips to the fabric store for “gift-making supplies” continued to be thwarted by various events.
I was running out of time!

A venture into the “less-than-organized” basement.
Items found:


-A dress never worn
– Decoration fabric from last year’s July 4th party
-Old jean scraps from denim projects,  donated by several friends (including the groom-to-be!)
-Fabric from projects of Christmas past
-Pillow fabric (that was never used for pillows… or anything else)
-Ikea curtain panel that had been dyed green (that once hung in the house where several bridesmaids now live!)

Add to this strange collection of materials the bin of “this & thats” from my Mom… and the outcome is an
APRON FOR EVERY SEASON!

Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter

 

We don’t wait until Earth Day to do something smart with what we already have…

We don’t recycle just cuz it’s the politically correct thing to do…

Earth Day, Shmerth Day!  We just live this way.

 

 

 

 

(Special thanks to the apron model, my youngest daughter.)

 

 

We all wear jeans… and they wear out. Here’s more ideas for reusing that denim.

 

 

 

 



 

Netta’s Niche – Denim Obsession

Denim… old jeans… pile up around our house.

Huge holes in the knees.

Ripped out back pockets. Broken zippers. etc…

But I just cannot get myself to throw them away.

It’s such good fabric.

So, I do things like this…

 

Made from my husband’s old jeans..

one of several little bags to hold toys:

a small set of tiny blocks …

 

 

 

 

 

or small potato head toys…-

 

A pillow for my friend’s

little boy…

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve even made picture frames

from old denim and cardboard

boxes.

 

 

 

The duvet covers I made for

the boys a couple of years ago…

they’re denim on the top &  flannel

on the underneath side.

(The quilts inside are their older

sisters’ old comforters… more recycling)

 

The legs of jeans make nice

laundry bags, too.

Denim.

It’s sturdy.

It’s cute.

It looks kinda pottery barn-ish… (except it’s FREE!) and

Since there are so many pairs of jeans that need a new purpose…

I wonder what else I can come up with.

Have you  made anything from old jeans?