Confession: My boys go through blue jeans like most people go through Kleenex.
Before I was a mom, I thought denim was one of the more durable fabrics. I am rethinking this.
I’m considering starting a new trend: patches on knees. I’m not sure it would go over well, but it would be worth a try.
We buy our sons’ jeans secondhand, which makes them affordable, but I always groan when it’s time to hit the Salvation Army again already, time to start praying my standard prayer: “Lord, you know what my family needs. Please prepare it for us…” Decent jeans in the right sizes are a precious commodity. When I ask Jesus to get them ready for us, three things happen:
a) I stop worrying, realizing He knows our sizes
b) I stop grasping, realizing He may intend that ‘perfect’ pair for another of His children, and
c) He really does it.
That’s one redeeming factor for worn-out jeans. The other is this: a something-from-nothing purse.
I learned the trick from a local sewing wizard, Joanna Schlabach.
- Cut off a pair of old jeans below the seat.
- Invert, and sew a straight seam across the bottom. Turn right side out.
- Add a strap as desired. Mine is simply strips of denim, braided. You could use wide ribbon instead, making the tote as boyish or girlish as you wish.
- If desired, add a velcro or hook fastening to keep it closed.
- Front and back pockets are already in place!
The only problem I see is that around our house, supply exceeds demand. I could outfit my entire church with blue jean purses, but… … … you know… you can only make so many.
Any other ideas for worn out jeans?