We sew from jeans cover on the sofa
In our time, jeans wear everything - from grandparents to grandchildren and very little babies. Bought, swore, then the pants were wiped (usually "in step") - we buy new ones. At the same time, the most beautiful part of jeans remains practically new. Relief seams, high-quality stitches, spectacular pockets often with embroidery, cute rivets, strap, labels - the most “cream” of designer and tailor's craftsmanship. Well, it's a pity to throw it away! On the other hand, for handmade jeans - the material is not the easiest. The fabric is quite heavy and dense, requiring both suitable (better than special) thread, and a reliable sewing machine. Ripping up jeans is also “not sugar”: they are lain, as a rule, firmly and conscientiously - even gnawing at your teeth. While you prepare the fabric for further work, you will suffer. Therefore, the most frequent proposal for alteration is to build a skirt by finishing an interesting hem and leaving the upper part unchanged (belt, yoke and how much lower we need).But the fabric is wonderful! Beautiful, strong, well erased and "with age" does not lose showiness. And there is a lot of it, which turned out to be very important for my idea.The fact is that we have a dog - a golden retriever of beauty and tenderness unspeakable. And this dog has its own property: mats and bedding. All this household should be washed and dried regularly, and it dries badly and for a long time, because it is thick (multi-layered). Eureka! - you need to build covers, a pair for each mat. From heavy fabric (so as not to fidge) and durable (to last for a long time). And the jeans for this material are not just suitable, but perfect.All the assembled jeans were washed and spread. The process of ripping has been substantially simplified. Most modern models scribble using the “sliding loop” method, and you just need to find the right edge in order to pull out the entire thread at once. If there is also stitching, then, of course, the old fashioned way - scissors, a blade, etc. For my project, we only unpack the belt, the step seam (the zipper, of course, also) and the inner seam.After that, we spread the halves obtained and carefully look at how the outer (lateral) seam lies on the flat surface. In men's jeans, it is almost flat and does not "excite". So, this part can be taken to work without changes. If the jeans were with a complex cut, then the side seams are also unpicked. Separately, we solve the issue with rivets. Small and flat can be left, and large and relief is better to remove. Holes from them remain small, almost imperceptible. It is more convenient to remove (bite) the bokorezami (kusachkami) or small pliers - also good. The next stage of preparation is to sew up the pockets, i.e. top of the pocket just stitch close to the edge and secure the ends of the seams. Then we proceed to work with holes and strong rubs, especially in the area of the knees. The most reliable way is to apply decorative patches (with or without a fringe), and the fastest way is to put a pocket on this place. Just cut it close to the seam from the unnecessary part of the jeans and sew over the hole. It is more convenient to tune in decorative patches with a dense “zigzag” at a distance of 0.5-0.8 cm from the edge, and then make a fringe by pulling the threads. The form of such patches can be any.Of them, you can even lay out a whole pattern. Another convenience - in the case of a new hole, you can sew the same patch, without violating the general style. A whole collection of the most variegated patches has gathered on my favorite dog pants for walking in the woods. Prepared pieces of jeans can be assembled into a finished piece by pattern or “by eye” - depending on the complexity of the cut. The cover for a sofa cushion or for a small mattress is sewn from the assembled rectangular strip. Dimensions are checked during assembly and taking into account seam allowances. If necessary, the zipper is sewn, but without the buckle, according to the “envelope” principle as on traditional pillowcases. Complicated and large things require more time and effort.The cover for an outdoor sofa, on which my dog spends most of the summer, was a real challenge for me. The frame of the sofa was built from two old seats still of Soviet times. First, they removed all the upholstery from them, then unscrewed two sidewalls (one had the right armchair, the other had the left armchair).They moved the seats with sides without sidewalls and pulled it with their own bolts through the existing factory openings. On the seats and on the back of the furniture stapler stuffed a quilt. They did not have time to carry the tools into the garage and sweep them up, and the dog was already lying on the new platform. So, I liked the sofa and need to hurry with the cover. The pattern for the cover was made only on the sides, because the central part is just a very large rectangle. Jeans for everything about everything took six pairs. Very good detail - belt, sewn on the outer contour. They managed to keep both the strips and even the buttons-rivets. On one of the sides, on the outside, a “working” non-zipped pocket remained for decoration. The letters on the hem of the sofa add up to the name of my dog. They were specially made from different types of fabric to keep the style: all jeans - and all different, there is even a check.The cover safely lives in the courtyard for a year now. The winter is not removed, because the sofa is under a canopy, sheltered from rain and snow.
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