ScrapHappy March 2022 : upcycled jeans

I found this idea somewhere on the interweb recently and there are loads of similar ideas out there. Here is my version:

My apologies for the lousy photos, it wasn’t easy taking a pic of myself in the skirt in the bathroom mirror while balancing on a wonky stool.

I loved the original jeans but they’d gone all baggy on me so, instead of passing them on to someone else, I decided to try this. Next time I’ll cut off more of the denim but I’m happy with my first effort. I still have to take the waist in a bit, but after all the fiddling around I’ve decided it’s worth spending some time on and doing it properly. Going to use this tutorial.

The fabric I’ve used really is scrappy stuff – some are smaller sample pieces from a textile importer that I’ve sewn together first, the zebra is from a top I made about 20 years ago, the groovy blue/purple was in a box of scraps from a neighbour, and the pretty pink blossoms were also left over from a top. The handstitching on the back was just something to keep my hands occupied while I was watching the last episode of Endeavour, Season 8. Devastated to have come to the end of young Morse, I just loved this series.

I’ve been inspired to write this ScrapHappy post by Kate at Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of people often publish a ScrapHappy post: KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Claire, Jan Moira, SandraChrisAlysKerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawnGwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2 , BearNoreenPreetiEdith and Jule

If you fancy joining, contact Kate at Chiconia and she’ll add you to the list. Any use of any type of scrap material is welcome.


22 thoughts on “ScrapHappy March 2022 : upcycled jeans

  1. katechiconi

    What a fun idea, and an even funner result! You’re looking very svelte these days, I must say… My current problem is that all my jeans are now about 5 inches too large around the waist, and I actually had to put yet another hole in my belt. I really should stir myself and make some clothes that fit.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      5 inches is a lot to tackle, especially with denims. I altered a pair recently and they looked awful afterwards, so I’ve just donated all my big clothes to charity. I’ve taken in a couple of favourite tops and dresses but can’t be bothered to do any more so I just belt everything. But I’m not complaining, I worked hard to get here and really am feeling so much better and happier.

  2. Rainbow Junkie

    What a clever idea. Fancy trousers without having to create a waist bands pockets or a zip. I have some old jeans but not much scrap fabric. However I am going to patch the holes one day! Hopefully?

  3. Going Batty in Wales

    What a clever idea! It is a lovely skirt and you look lovely in it – even teetering on a stool trying to take a photo! I have some old jeans which I have been wearing for gardening but which are getting too tatty even for that – though the top bit of them is fine it’s the legs and hems which have taken punishment – so maybe….

  4. cedar51

    Here I am “late to the party” – I have no idea how I’ve got behind with not only your blog but so many others!
    Looks like a very pretty idea…

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I’m running behind with lots of blog posts as well, just the way it goes sometimes.
      I already have my next jeans/skirt planned – and have decided it won’t be for Karen, either, she’ll have to wait in line ;)


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