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Thursday, June 4, 2015

DIY Dyed Denim Planters - eHow's #ProjectThrowdown: Denim Do Over

eHow's #ProjectThrowdown: Denim Do Over
eHow has chosen 6 talented creators to make one Crafts project using their imagination and four specific materials. For this #ProjectThrowdown challenge, creators were asked to use:
1. Jeans
2. Feathers
3. Lace
4. Key Ring(s)
The creator with the most pins/regrams will be the winner (and will be featured on our homepage and in a dedicated newsletter). So vote! http://www.ehow.com/how_12340628_projectthrowdown-denim-over.html

This beauty of a project came from a challenge! eHow asked me to be part of their Project Throwdown, where they provided me and 5 other crafters the same list of supplies and asked us to create something amazing. And, since I do love a challenge, I was completely on board. I am so happy with my end product! The grace my window seal with some succulent love.

The rules were we could do anything with these materials as long as we included them in our supply list. One of my more successful blog posts was how to make canvas containers. So, I used the same idea to make denim planters.

Here is the complete supply list: 

  • Old pair of Jeans- Light colored or white
  • 10-12 Old key rings- in two different sizes
  • Lace- 12 inches of polyester lace
  • 8-10 Feathers
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • 1 1/2" Painters tape
  • Pencil
  • 4 1/2- inch round saucer 
  • Spray adhesive
  • Wax paper
  • Fabric dye- navy and turquoise
  • Spray Bottle- for dye
  • Spray bottle- for water
  • Small disposable container
  • Disposable gloves
  • Eye dropper 
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • 4-inch plastic plant saucer

Step 1: Remove the Bottom Seam from Jeans

Just cut the bottom seam off of the jeans with scissors. Done! 

Step 2: Measure and Cut the Denim 

The planters I made are for size 9CM succulents, which means their pot size is 3 1/4-by-3 1/4 inches. Measure and cut three strips from the leg of the jeans 5 1/4 inches in length.

Step 3: Remove the Inside Seam

Use scissors to remove the inside seam, open and lie (or is it lay?) the jeans flat. 

Step 4: Arrange Items on the Denim Strips 

Before you start arranging, cover an outside work surface with freezer paper, shiny side down. Don't be stingy now, because you are going to spray the pants off of the denim with dye. Freezer paper works great because one side is coated with a plastic like film and keeps liquid from seeping through. If you just can't do this outside, then cover the floor (not carpet) with newspaper and then with freezer paper, shiny side down. Then cover the kids and dog in plastic wrap just to be safe. Don't actually do that last step. ;)

Next, cover the top one inch of each denim strip with painters tape. Then tape the strips down to the freezer paper to keep them from moving.

Now, arrange your items so they look nice on the denim strips. Make a pattern with the key rings or feathers, keeping about 1/4 to 1/2 inch free at the bottom of the denim strips. 

Step 5: Spray the Items with Spray Glue

If you are super happy with your design and you don't want to forget the layout, snap a picture to remember the placements of your items. Then, remove the items to apply spray glue. An empty cardboard box makes an excellent spray container. Give the bottoms a thick blast of spray glue, then  return them to the denim strips and press them firmly into place. When using feathers, spray the tops of the feathers rather than the ribbed side. This will help keep them flat once they are on the denim.

Step 6: Mix the Dye

In a large spray bottle, mix one part navy dye and one part hot tap water. Add 2t of salt and shake for a couple of minutes until thoroughly mixed. In a small disposable container, mix 1T turquoise dye (you can guess) and 1T hot tap water.

Step 7: Spray the Denim Strips

Hold the spray bottle about 6-inches from the denim strips and spray with dye. Be smarter then I was and wear disposable gloves for this step or your fingers will be blue for quite a while. Especially if you have a fancy party to go to that night. Duh. 

Step 8: Cover with Navy Dye

Keep spraying until the denim is completely saturated with navy dye. Then, wearing gloves for goodness sake, carefully remove the painters tape from the strips and set them on a clean pice of freezer paper or newspaper to dry. 

Step 9: Remove the Items

Carefully remove the items from the denim and check out your awesome patterns! 

Step 10: Add Some Turquoise

Now for the fun part! Take a clean spray bottle (the little ones from the craft store work well) and fill with water. Give the denim patterns a light misting. Go easy now, you don't want to add so much water the colors bleed. Just a couple of spritzes will work. 

With an eyedropper drop just a few drops of turquoise blue onto the designs in random places. Refrain from going crazy with the turquoise. Less is more in this case. Give each design about 5-8 drops. Now set aside to dry completely.

Once dry, you can continue with the next step. I just want to mention I did not wash or set the dye. I just let them dry as is because I didn't want to risk having my colors bleed or fade. If you want to try to color set these, go for it! But don't do it unless you really know what you are doing. I do not. With that said, remember these containers hold plants. If you don't color set these, then make sure to put a plastic saucer in the pots so the dye does't leak when watered. 

Step 11: Trace Circles 

Use a 4 1/2 inch saucer, a compass, tape roll, or whatever you have to trace three circles onto the other leg of the jeans. Don't worry about being exact on the size as long as it is at least a 1/2 inch bigger than the plant pot.

Step 12: Cut the Circles Out and Notch Them 

Cut the circles out 1/4 of an inch bigger than the traced circle. Then, use scissors to notch a "v" every 1/2 inch or so around the circles. These will be the bottoms of the planters. 

Step 13: Line Up Denim Strip and Circle Bases in the Sewing Machine

Set your sewing machine for a straight stitch and use white all purpose thread. Load one of the the denim strips face up into the machine with a circle on top. The edges should be together, and the needle directly above the pencil mark on the circle.  

Step 14: Sew The Bases to the Strips

Begin sewing the base and the denim strip together. This was actually easier than it looks, and I'm a novice sewer. The idea is to keep the bottom edge of the denim strip straight, and pull the circle base into the stitch as you sew. Keep the two bottom edges flush and sew on the pencil mark. The pouch will form at the back of the machine. Continue around until you reach full circle. 

Step 15: Sew Sides

Once you make it around the entire base, you can simply sew the side up with a straight stitch and trim any extra material. You may have a lot or a little excess material depending on how wide the jeans were.

Step 16: Turn Rightside Out and Iron Seam

Turn the pouch right-side-out. Fold the top of the pouch about a quarter of an inch down and iron it flat. Then, Fold again another 1 inch, and there you have it! 

Finished! Stick a Plant in Them 

Don't forget to add a saucer. Enjoy! 

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