I'm Shirley Irreelles, 26, first-time homesteader extraordinaire! This is the story of my big move to the country, and all the crazy adventures that have followed.
One thing I’m really interested in is reclamation. I know it sounds super trendy and hipster these days to have re-used, recycled, and repurposed stuff. But I think it’s actually a pretty old fashioned idea.
Growing up in the Great Depression, my grandparents couldn’t afford to just buy a new thing whenever something broke or fell apart. They had to problem solve, and make things work.
With that in mind, I’ve been saving up old pairs of jeans. They sure don’t make them like they used to. I remember my Mom having a few of the same pairs of jeans since she was in college. That’s so not the case for me. However, most of the actual denim on mine is fine. That’s where they’re really falling apart…at the seams! ahaha
So, I’ve been saving up all my old denim, getting ready for my first big project. To get some practice, I resewed one favorite pair–just by turning them inside out and following the seams. For the other pairs that have blown out crotches and such, I’ve decided to make a denim tote bag for shopping and walking into town. I think I have most of it figured out so far:
-a double-layer strap, gonna use the legs for that
-For the tapered bag part, I’m thinking of using the seats of old jeans. Maybe matching pockets? Then I could have other stuff on the outside, like pen pockets or a key slot. My other theory is to use a lot of legs, pleated together, to give it some texture. But I think that might look to busy.
So I'm done fixing up the jeans. But my old sewing machine conked out. So, I’m in the market for a new one. Any advice? I’ve been looking at a few on this website. You can click here to see the same ones I’ve been looking at. Let me know what you think! Thanks, guys!
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