This week's tutorial comes from beloved RNESTer, Michelle, of The Quilted House. She is our resident sewing/quilting expert and is sharing a project that reuses your old jeans. Enjoy!
Boy, did I have fun making these this weekend! These earth-friendly marvels are for MayDay swag bags - the first fifty attendees at MayDay get a free bag of goodies! They are SO easy to make. If you 1. can't make it to MayDay, 2. don't make it to MayDay soon enough to get a swag bag, or 3. want bunches more for your loved ones, here's how to make your own:
1. Get some used, but clean, denim. Use old jeans, pre-spandex if you can find them so the fabric doesn't stretch a lot. Utility fabric or home decor fabric would work just as well. Your piece of denim should be between 6 and 8 inches in height and 2" by however many bookmarks you want. In other words, if you want five 6" high bookmarks, you need a piece of denim 6" by 10" (2" x 5 bookmarks = 10").
|Step 1: Old jeans|
2. Cut a piece of cotton fabric and a piece of batting the same size as the denim.
|Steps 1 and 2: Denim, cotton, and batting cut to size|
3. Adhere fusible webbing to the wrong side of both the cotton fabric and the denim.
|Step 3: I like to use Heat n Bond fusible webbing, but any kind will work.|
|Step 3: Follow the webbing manufacturer's directions|
to fuse webbing to fabric.
|Step 4: Quilt sandwich|
|Step 6: Random all-over quilting stitches|
|Step 6: Completed quilting|
|Step 7: Cutting individual bookmarks|
|Step 8: Zigzagged edges on finished bookmarks|