Jeans can be one of the most versatile of fabrics and craft supplies. Every part of a pair of jeans can be reused for a multitude of different uses. Back pockets of jeans have a uniqueness all their own. They are already shaped and sewn like a bag and have the characteristics for many projects with minimal work. Cutting through the back of the jeans around the jean pocket, you will create the bag to work with. It is what you do with that bag that has so many possibilities.
Purse-Attach a handle on the side of each pocket. This can be done with ribbon or even the seams from the jeans themselves. Be creative and use an old necklace or even an outdated belt. Give the bag personality by embellishing with silk flowers, fabric shapes backed with fusible web, buttons, charms or maybe old jewelry.
Wall Organizer-Attach hooks or rings to the back of a place mat so that the place mat is positioned with the narrow sides at the top and the bottom. Sew or glue four jean pockets to the place mat. Embellish with a variety of trinkets and use fabric paint to label each pocket. If four pockets are not enough, attach more place mats together and add more pockets.
Fridge Magnet or Locker Pocket-Cut pockets out as before to form a presewn bag. Glue magnet strips to the backs of the pockets and decorate however you would like. Use the refrigerator magnet for a notepad and pencil or a catchall for all those little things that seem to accumulate. Use the locker pocket for notes, pencils, lip gloss or whatever else a teenager can’t live with out.
Pillow Pocket-Glue a pocket to a throw pillow and decorate. Add silk flowers, old earrings or rhinestones. Write “dream” on the pocket using fabric paint.
Apron Pocket-I use a lot of aprons and I make a lot of aprons and nothing is cuter than sewing jean pockets on an apron instead of the normal ones for a cute barbecue apron.
Favor Bags-I’ve used this idea for school holiday parties. Fuse fabric holiday shapes to the pockets and write each child’s name with fabric paint. When dry, fill them with your party goodies.
Seasonal Decoration-Add a handle using what ever you have (ribbon, jean seams, rick rack, jute or wire). Stuff pocket 3/4 of the way full with polyfil. Fill the rest of the way up with Spanish moss or if you are making a Christmas or winter decoration, fill all the way up with polyfil to emulate snow. Finish with doo-dad embellishments for your desired season. This is a great project for an after school program or a kid’s club.
Utensil Holder-Fill individual pockets with a napkin and plastic silverware for a picnic or summer barbecue.
Bulletin Board Pockets-Simply thumb tack pockets to a bulletin board to corral pencils, pens, business cards or coupons.
Have fun, be creative and reuse!