I was asked to do a demonstration at our fair on recycling jeans into purses along with another lady. She did larger totes patchwork style and I did the smaller purses made mostly from the tops of jeans. I can get two purses from 1 pair of jeans if the tops are in good shape.
I trimmed the jeans purses with other discards; men’s neckties, ladies’ scarves, kerchiefs, and jewelry such as brooch pins and chain necklaces. The straps I made from the flat-felled leg seam of the jeans. Some I made from shorts and I used belts, or chain necklaces for the strap.
One thing leads to another, and since I had a lot of pieces left that were usable, I made crazy patch and log cabin patchwork totes and pillows.
These were a big hit at the fair demo, and many people asked if I would sell them. Since I was having fun with the project I decided to make up some to sell. I took them to a Senior Citizens’ Bazaar. I had a goal to keep the cost down so I could sell them for $10.00 each. I have a lot of stuff left over from a sewing business before I retired and this helped me keep the cost down. Given the economic climate now, that was a good decision as I did better that day than other venders did.