Miss Lizzie of http://missielizzie-meandmyshadow.blogspot.com/ set a challenge to remake things out of an old pair of jeans. This challenged appealed to me for two reasons, 1) I like a challenge, particularly a crafting one and 2) I have some pairs of jeans that no longer fit me, waiting to either go to the charity shop or to be upcycled.
So I took a pair of jeans into my workshop; after sitting for a while wondering if I should turn them into a skirt and then realising their would be no point as the jeans don't fit as jeans they would not fit as a skirt. I decided a teddy bear would be a good use, so I went through my collection of vintage patterns and found a make do and mend pattern for a teddy bear.
This is the result of that pattern and my first ever attempt at a soft toy.
I then made a crayon roll:-
As you can see, I added a patch of fabric from my scraps stash to give a bit of colour rather then having all blue crayon roll. The inside of the crayon roll, I've used felt as I find this better for crayons and pencils.
Then I moved on to:-
A zipped cosmetic purse, with flower applique for a bit of extra colour. I also lined the cosmetic purse in the fabric I cut the flowers from. Alas my flash was not strong enough in the evening light to pick this out.
I then made:-
A little pocket money purse, using the zip from the jeans and freehand machine embroidered the words on.
A little girls tote bag made from the bottom part of one leg of the jeans. Which I embellished with a little cotton flower I made and the cotton tape I had in my cupboard.
In the end I managed to make five items from one pair of jeans, which I think is not to bad considering I was using my own jeans and I am only five foot tall.