by Tammy Taylor
It’s no secret to those that know me that I love denim, I’ve always been a blue jean girl. It’s basically all I wore in high school and when I was working in the corporate world my heart sang a little song when we implemented “dress-down Fridays” where we were allowed to wear jeans once a week. When my employer deemed every day casual dress (unless a board member was scheduled to visit) I was almost catatonic with joy! Now that I live and work full time on the ranch, well, my life is complete. The only time you’ll see me in anything but denim is on Sunday morning in the church pew. We go through lots of denim since it’s our grungy chute-side work clothes, our meeting-customers work clothes and even our play clothes. I hate to throw away that beautiful dungaree cloth, it’s so beautiful & heavy and it begs for another purpose.
I’ve seen many denim repurposing ideas and I really like some of them, but here’s my secret confession: I don’t sew. I can reattach a button but I’m not gonna lie – it’s not pretty. Hemming pants is well beyond my skill level. Now I don’t mean I don’t like to sew fancy things, or my sewing ability is novice, I mean
Recently I was cleaning the windows in my kitchen and I noticed the pineapple top that I rooted and potted into a cracked wine glass made of pottery was leaving something on the window ledge when I watered it. “hummm…” I thought” I should put something under it. Maybe a paper doily? It would be pretty but it’d get grody quickly and then look horrible. How about a piece of cloth? Maybe, but wouldn’t that look kinda tacky? Hey, what about DENIM cloth? What about the pocket from one of those torn pair of jeans that I put back awaiting inspiration? What about…???” OK I think I hyperventilated at that point so I’m not sure what following thoughts I had after that but with the speed of light I ran to the guest-room dresser and pulled out an old pair of jeans. I clipped around the pocket of those jeans and voila!
Then I wondered what else I could use those no-sew jeans pockets for. The first thing that came to mind is drink coasters. We enjoy iced tea and the condensation on the glass always creates a mess. So I cut another pocket off, leaving a small flap on top. Then I cut a piece of plastic from an empty chip bag (not sure who’s eating those chips. ahem.) and slid it into the pocket so any moisture would stop after that first layer of cloth.
I tucked the top flap back in and gave it a little ironing to crease it and I’ve got a brand new coaster. IN DENIM!
I love it. And I didn’t sew anything. Not one stitch. And you’ve gotta know how happy that makes me! Of course you can embellish if you desire but I love it the way it is.
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