Friday, January 1, 2010

Tutorial ~ Jean Corsage~ (Got Old Jeans?)


It all started when I decided to get rid of this worn pair of jeans...


It was a much darker color when I bought it, but now, some parts are faded( knee, rear...you know how that goes). Then the frugul side of me kicked in and stopped me from throwing the jeans in the trash.

I made a couple of things, but I am doing tutorial for one item today.

I saw a jean corsage at an expensive department store once, if I remember correctly, it was around $38.00. It was pretty, but not $38.00 pretty... I decided to make my own with my old jeans.

I will show you what I did.

1. Cut 5 squares. 2- 3 1/2", 1- 3", 1- 2 3/4", 1- 2 1/2".


2. Cut out flower shapes. It is easier to cut by using the corners as a guide. Remember, it doesn't need to be perfect! That give the corsage charactor.



3. Sew along the edges of the flowers to prevent fraying. (It will fray a little, but not as much, it also gives body to each of the petals.)


4. Stack them together, large flower to small. Make sure that petals don't overlap each other from the top layer down to the bottom layer.


5. Sew a large bead in the middle, then, sew 7-8 pearls around it. I sew at least a couple times for each bead to make sure they are secure. For the color of the beads, I originally wanted to do a cream color, but I ended up picking darker colors. I like that the beads don't stand out too much.


6. Sew the pin to a 1 1/2" felt circle. Using the slip stitch, sew that onto the back of the flower.



7. I didn't won't my flower to lay flat, so I squeezed it and made the shape. It is totally a personal choice.


8. Time to enjoy!



I love this corsage, amazingly, it goes with lots of the outfits. It will be cute on some bags too.

You must be wondering, "Where did the rest (majority) of the fabric go?".
Well, I am going to be a guest blogger over at Someday Craft on Monday, I am going to post another tutorial there. I can't tell you anymore about it, but I am really excited about this tutorial, so be sure to head over there on Monday!

62 comments:

  1. Oh, that is beautiful! How can blue jeans be so elegant? Love it!

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  2. Super awesome and very cute!! My old jeans can find some use for themselves now.. You do come up with lot of wonderful stuff here..thanx a lot!!

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  3. I like how this looks. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us - think I am going to give this a try.

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  4. Totally cute!! I love it! I'll be waiting on baited breath to see what you do on Monday because I have about 4 pairs of jeans I've been avoiding throwing in the trash

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  5. Oh wow! VERY CUTE! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  6. Sashiko!!

    You've done it again! Gorgeous!!!

    Can't wait 'till monday :D

    I am also posting stuff I've been making on Monday here:

    http://birdcrafts.blogspot.com

    if you want to have a peep...

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!!

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  7. Great idea! I'm always on the lookout to find ideas to repurpose old clothes. This is something i will definately try.

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  8. I'll never get rid of a pair of jeans again!! I'll be featuring!

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  9. what an awesome idea, you are just too creative. I love all your ideas.

    Thanks for sharing them with us bloggers

    Denise
    Denton, TX

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  10. LOVE LOVE LOve this! have so much jeans I can recyle..
    Thanx for another beautiful tutorial!

    happy 2010

    Miranda

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  11. Love this idea!! What fun gift ideas too! I can't wait to see the other projects you come up with for denim! :)

    P.S. I won the Thanksgiving giveaway from you with the little girl purse & it is one of my daughter's favorite Christmas gifts..She carries it everywhere now! :)

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  12. This is so very beautiful! Great, great idea, thanks!!!

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  13. This is so lovely!! The pairing of the denim and the pearl beads is so pretty!!

    I featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-corsage-from-old-jeans/2010/01/02/

    --Anne

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  14. Gorgeous Sachiko. I love the look of denim paired with the necklace. Amazing.

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  15. This is great.

    Can you tell me what a 'flip' stitch is? Will need to try this.

    Come on jeans, wear out!! =0))

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  16. Wow, that is so pretty! I saw it on U create and had to click right over. I can't wait to make one! I would love to link to this as well if you didn't mind.

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  17. I made a version of this and pinned it to a hat and I am very happy how it turned out.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  18. I ADORE this tutorial, and your skirt one also.

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  19. I am so going to make this!! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for posting!
    Bethany @ Happy By Design

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  20. So cute! I think I will turn it into a bow for the girls.

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  21. Beautiful! And just coming at the right time as I was looking for a corsage tutorial anyway. Off to check your blog now.
    PS: Came here via One Pretty Thing!

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  22. Thanks for a great tutorial! I must have ago at these!
    Lynsey x

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  23. LOVE it!!! Thank you for sharing your talent! Simply beautiful!

    :-)

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  24. These are sure simple and cute! And I just love crafts that are made from repurposed items. I've posted a link on childmade.com. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. These are wonderful roses. I have linked your site on my inspiration post yesterday! TFS

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  26. This is so sweet! Now I know what to do with all those holy jeans of my boys:) Thanks!

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  27. So pretty! I have a ton old jeans for this!

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  28. Hi Barbara and everyone,

    About your "flip sitich" question; I thought what I was doing was called a flip stitch and I tried to look for a tutorial you could go to. I didn't find such a stitch, then, another person emailed me and told me that the correct term is "hemming stitch", but a slip stitch could be used as well... oops. I am so embarrased.
    So, if you want to know how to do a hemming stitch, you can google it, and there are some tutorials for it.

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  29. I adore your denim flower! Thank you so much for sharing the directions. ♥

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  30. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this project on my blog. It is so cute!!!

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  31. I love it!

    How did you get your petals to stay up? Mine just went flat.

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  32. Thank you for this fabulous tutorial! I found this over on U create and can't wait to try it out for myself. :)

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  33. I just tried the corsage, and it turned out great! I actually attached it to a denim apron that I made for my sister, with the same kind of denim. Loved it! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  34. very cute! I'm in the process of making this, and I thought that I'd share my twist: I used different shades of denim, the lightest on top, to darkest on bottom, on the biggest "petals". I think that makes it even more vintage-looking and highlights the fullness. I used different pairs of jeans that I had previously cut up to get a big difference in shades.

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  35. I posted about your denim flowers and linked to your site. Thanks for the great tutorial. It was fun and easy.

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  36. I FOUND OUT ABOUT YOUR BLOG AND TALENT THROUGH BEANSIE BABBLES WHOM DID A VERSION OF YOUR CORSAGE AND ADDED THEM TO A DESIGN ON HER FLIP FLOPS. SHE HAS LINKS TO YOU AND I AM SO GLAD SHE DID...THIS IS REALLY PRETTY. THANK YOU FOR SHARING HOW TO DO IT.
    IT HAS INSPIRED ME TO TRY AND MAKE ONE.
    BLESSINGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  37. Thanks so much for this tutorial - I just finished making it for my mum for mothers day and pinned it on a beautiful necklace.

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  38. Just found your blog!! it´s great! thanks for sharing! Love this tuto, will make this flower for sure!!

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  39. Love this tutorial! What a great way of recycling old jeans. I will link in a future blog post!

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  40. First-I love your blog!
    Second-I wanted to share an idea I came up with while making your gorgeous denim corsages:

    Instead of cutting out each four-petal shape first and THEN stitching around each one, I traced the four-petal shape onto my denim squares and then stitched ON the pencil line BEFORE cutting them out.

    I felt like I had more control over the shape and didn't have to worry about shifting the delicate petals under the needle by doing it this way. I also didn't have to worry about them fraying before/while I was stitching on them. It was easy to cut them out AND get really close to the stitching at the same time.

    Just wanted to share that with you!

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  41. I like how you stitched around the edges to limit but not prevent fraying. I'm going to have to remember that idea. I might stitch first, then cut out.
    - OneInchWorld.com

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  42. I just whipped one of these up for a co-worker for Christmas and she loved it so much she put it on and wore it all day! Thanks for the idea!!!! Now to make one for myself!

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  43. I love this! I'm going to give it a shot! I'm working on putting together a list of way's to recycle old clothing for my blog, would you mind if I added a link to your tutorial?

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  44. C.R. Urban Homesteader's-

    I am so glad that you liked my corsage! Go ahead and link to the post. All I ask is rightful credit and link back. :)

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  45. Sorry, but I have seen somedaycrafts, but didnt find your tutorial about what to do with remains of jeans. May I ask for link? And really, how do you get your petals to stay up?

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  46. megerich-

    With the rest of the jean fabric, I made a skirt for my little girl.

    Enjoy!

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  47. This turned out awesome. Great job. I have been saving denim for a long time. I use it on projects all the time. It is a classic that always works!

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  48. I love this, and my son is constantly wearing holes in his jeans ... I cut them off and make them into shorts, and I can make this out of the legs. Great, cute, easy idea!! :)

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  49. This is a very cute idea! I just love how you've come up w/an adorable way to re-use denim--since I love denim! I think I'll be trying out this one very soon w/my mom & sister! Thanks a bunch!
    --Shelly

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  50. I love this on the necklace!! How pretty and unique!

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  51. This is so beautifull and original. I hope you don't mind, but i am going to try to make my oun flower using your example. I am going to distroy a pair of geans. Yuppy!!

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  52. Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial and well done for re-cycling those jeans. Love the corsage! A x

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  53. Found you via Pinterest - excellent tutorial - thanks for the inspiration!!

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  54. Thought this was a great idea and used it for a fundraising project.
    Thanks
    http://elizabethsarahcrafts.wordpress.com/projects/jeans-for-genes-day/

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  55. Would be cute to zigzag around the edges with a contrasting color or match the color of the beads.

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  56. This project was featured some months ago on "Sewing it up AllFreeSewing" and I saved it for later use. Well later is now, my sister asked me to make her a custom handbag from recycled jeans and shirts from her boyfriend's cast off wardrobe. The handbag came out perfect, but I wanted her to have something extra from the material she sent so I followed your tutorial and made the nicest denim flower for her, tucked it away in the handbag for a surprise. It came out really nice, and I know she will be thrilled when she finds it inside the new/recycled handbag. Thank you so much for your beautiful flower.

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  57. Thank you so much for a great embellishment idea. My daughter and I used this flower to add to a skirt that we made together this summer. I mentioned your tutorial on my blog.

    http://re-groovenate.blogspot.ca/2013/10/project-37-skirts-from-jeans-and-shirts.html

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  58. I was also thinking it would be really cute on handbags. It would be awesome if I could cut on the petals with my Cricut!

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