See Suzy Sew?

denim coasters

I’ve had a stack of jeans that I have either outgrown (lengthwise, obvi), or they have developed holes.  I’ve toted this stack of jeans around with me, and added to it, since 1999.  I just knew that someday I’d come up with a project for these castaways.  And I finally do!  Coasters!  Today I pulled out the old fabric shears (I don’t know if they have a fancier or more proper name?), and some thread I bought at the local yarn shop, and I sewed.  I’m not even going to get into the technical bits of sewing, because I’m not qualified, not even a little.  In fact, I used whatever setting Steve had the sewing machine on last (he’ll do anything for his robots), and I also used whatever thread he had in the machine (one less thing for me to have to set up!).

I cut the legs of my jeans into squares (which turned out to be more like rectangles) put two squares together, and sewed them.  Then, I took my shears and trimmed up the edges.  Seriously, that’s all I did.  No rulers, no pins, no tape.  I’m sure you’ll be able to see that from the outcome, but that’s the look I wanted.  Let’s put it this way, if I’m going to be using old jeans for coasters in my living room, do you think I’m picky about having square edges?

measuring tools

At first I tried getting technical with it…that was too much work.

finished product

The finished product.  Just like people, some are more square than others.

denim coasters

And here is the finished product with a bow on the set to make them look like they’d make a good gift.

As I’m writing this post, I can’t help but think about the book by Amy Sedaris, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.  There are projects in that book that I’m like, “Well, actually, I like that…what does that say about me?”  This is kind of one of those projects…
Amy Sedaris book

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