Most regrettably, I had to take a favorite pair of jeans out of commission this week. They had served me well for years; but for reasons I certainly can't understand (mmm-hm!)...
...a great gaping hole was ripped at the very back seat of them, a couple of embarrassing inches below the back pocket. Thank goodness this did happen in the privacy of my own home! After a brief moment of frustration, I was about to heave them into the garbage; but good sense prevailed, and I decided I was in the mood to make something new with them!
Both my projects today were inspired by this blue jean corsage that you can find HERE, at Tea Rose Home!
I liked this idea, but did not want a pin necessarily; so I had to give some thought as to what else might look nice with a cute little embellishment like this.
HERE. However, if you do not crochet, I would think you could easily wind ribbon instead!
Once the crocheting was done, I decided upon how many layers I wanted for my denim flower, along with what size and color(s). I drew circles of varying sizes and color denims, then cut all the circles out. I cut 4 layers of flowers from those circles, for each flip flop, two being a dark denim, and 2 being a faded denim. I sewed the layers together through the center of all of them held together, then sewed the button over those secured stitches.
Once your flowers are completed, you can sew them onto your flip flop, or pin them on... But I chose to hot glue them. I have no doubts that the flower will stay secure, but if you're not convinced, perhaps you could go with E6000. I love that stuff!... Anyways, there you have it. A fun new pair of Summer flip flops can easily be made in a night!
While working on the above project, I ran across one of my old pincushions that had seen far better days, and I wondered why I was still holding on to it! It didn't take me long to think, while I've got all this stuff out.... I may as well make a new pincushion too! In fact, I feel like making a couple of them!
These are very easy to make!.. I just needed bigger circles... So I got an old CD out to trace out 2 circles for one, and 2 circles for another. You can't see them, but the bottom circles are denim... Wrong sides together, I sewed the two layers of each set of circles. Turning them right side out, I then stuffed them with some polyester fiberfill, then sewed the opening closed. I then picked out a nicely colored embroidery flosses to form my pincushions into flowers. A well detailed tutorial for this step can be found HERE. Now I chose to use a plain, simple button for the one, as you can see; but I chose to make a denim flower for the other, and I really like it! Now I just have to find my pins, to put some on them! These pincushions are fun to make, and are a great way to use up little scraps of fabric that may be piling up! I'd have fun making a dozen of these, in all different colors and patterns!
Well, I hope I've inspired some of you to try making some new flip flops, or some brand new pincushions!! Maybe you'd like to just cut up some old jeans tonight while watching t.v., to just try your hand at making flowers! Have fun with them! You can decide later the countless number of things you can embellish with them!
My thanks to Jana for hosting Quick Project Thursday! I hope you'll stop and say "Hi" to Jana, and see what project she shared with everybody! Don't forget to check out Tea Rose Home too!