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Recycle: from a jeans to a children’s toy, a marble labyrinth

I had a jeans, begging to be recycled. At first I made a bag of it. Watch the blogpost ‘From a jeans to a bag‘. After the bag was made, half of the jeans fabricwas left. Today I start an embroidery project on the embroiderymachine BERNINA 700.

 

What do I need?

Redesign jeans to a children’s toy.

Let’s start:

From the legs of the jeans I cut 2 rectangles of 29 x 21 cm.

I use leftover stabiliser to stitch together. This is an ideal project to do this. How you do this is described in the blogpost ‘Save on stabiliser for embroidery‘.

Use cut away stabiliser, or use leftover stripes.

Start with the red thread and use it till you embroider the labyrinth.

At first you embroider a rectangle, it helps you to position the jeans scrap. Temporary adhesive spray is very helpful to fix it.

The next rectangle fixes the fabric to the project. The circles are stitched as well.

Cut away the fabric within the circles, leave the stabilliser for now.

Next is the satin stitch around the openings, and you will find the 2 hearts as well. They help the child with the orientation of the toy. It is now easy to find out if they continue in the right direction.

And to finish:

If you’d like a more firm finish, you can take an extra layer of light weight cotton as stabiliser. Fix it with temporary adhesive spray to the back of your work (if it has a different front and back, than place the right side towards the stabiliser). Do the same for the second jeans fabric at the back of your work.

Take the 2nd embroidery color to continue.

Take bobbin thread in the color of your embroidery thread and continue with the 2nd embroidery colour. In my project, it’s green. You will now stitch the labyrinth.

Cut away the fabric around the rectangle of the labyrinth. Cut as close as you can, without cutting the stitched lines. Application scissors can be useful.

Cut as close as you can around the labyrinth.

Take your third color embroidery thread, mine is orange. Don’t forget the bobbin 🙂 You will stitch a satin stitch over the edge.

You are ready with the labyrinth. You can take your work out of the hoop and tear away the stabiliser. 

Recycle quickly: from a jeans to a toy.

Don’t you think it’s a nice one?

Do you have other projects in mind to recycle? I’m curious!

Free sewing instructions: Jeans Upcycling - Marble labyrinth

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: cut away stabiliser, Jeans, Mettler Poly Sheen embroidery thread
Used Products:
BERNINA 700
BERNINA 700
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
Embroidery foot # 26 (drop-shaped)
Embroidery foot # 26 (drop-shaped)
Maxi Hoop
Maxi Hoop

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