FFf Eclectic Red Barn: How to use old jeans as Valentine decor

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

How to use old jeans as Valentine decor

Do you have an old pair of jeans or a jean shirt that you are getting rid of? I have a jean shirt that I was going to get rid of. As I was holding it, I had an idea - why not make something for Valentine's Day using it.

Eclectic Red Barn: Jean shirt turned into jean Valentine heart garland

I decided to use jean material to make a Valentine garland.  I used a shirt but you could use old jeans as well.

Here's how I made the Valentine garland from an old jean shirt:
1. Get an old shirt or pair of jeans. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Old Jean shirt

2. I used a cookie cutter as a pattern for my heart shape.
Eclectic Red Barn: Cookie cutter used to cut out heart shapes

3. I cut out lots of hearts. You can cut out as many as you want.

4. I decided to create two kinds of hearts - one with buttons and one with an arrow.
Eclectic Red Barn: Jean shirt Valentine hearts with arrows and buttons
 
a. Heart with buttons 
For this heart, I used red embroidery thread, but you can use regular thread. I outlined the edge of the heart with a chain stitch.

Eclectic Red Barn: Valentine hearts with chain stitch and buttons

I sewed on vintage buttons. In some cases I used two buttons while on others I used just one.

 b. Heart with arrow
For this heart, I used a back stitch to make a line. Then I used the back stitch to make the top and bottom parts of the arrow.

Eclectic Red Barn: Valentine hearts with arrow

5. Once I had created all of my hearts, I felt that they needed some additional stiffness. I had some card stock, so I used my heart to cut out the heart shapes. One for each jean heart.
Eclectic Red Barn: Valentine heart cut from card stock


6. You may have to trim the card stock so it is slightly smaller than the jean heart. I added glue to the outside edges of the card stock heart.
Eclectic Red Barn: Glued Valentine card stock

Place the jean heart on top and smooth it out.
Eclectic Red Barn: Glued jean Valentine onto card stock

Back of jean heart with card stock attached.
Eclectic Red Barn: Back of jean Valentine with card stock

7. Once all of the hearts had been glued, I used a hole punch to make holes in the top of each heart. It was a little tough to get the whole punch throw the material and card stock, but I was able to get the holes punched.



8. Once all of the holes had been punched, I threaded them onto some twine. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Jean shirt turned into jean Valentine heart garland
 
I was thrilled that instead of discarding my old jean shirt, I was able to create this cute Valentine's Day garland. I love to reuse and recycle. 



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