This is a great way to recycle jeans. And the pocket makes a perfect place to tuck in the eating utensils.
- Kid's jeans
- Adult jeans
- Backing fabric
- No-sew fabric adhesive tape
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Sewing machine
- Seam ripper
- Remove the pocket(s) from the kid's jeans with a seam ripper. Set aside.
- Cut out front and back leg panels from adult jeans. Make pieces as big as possible excluding the seams.
- Cut panels again making them rectangles and removing any excess.
- Sew panels together with a 1/2 seam allowance to make one large panel at least 20" wide. Ours took three panels sewn together.
- With the iron, press the seams flat.
- Measure and cut the placemat top 2" bigger than the overall desired measurement (in our case, 20" x 16").
- Press a 1/2" hem on each edge of the denim. Fold over 1/2" again and press.
- Using no-sew tape attach the pocket to the front of the denim in the bottom right hand corner. The top of the pocket should be approximately 7 inches from the top edge.
- Cut your backing fabric to the exact measurement of the overall desired measurement.
- Turn the placemat over and insert the backer. Using the no-sew tape adhere the short sides first. Be sure to keep the heat on long enough for the pieces to stick firmly together.
- Cut away some of the fabric from the corners of the denim to remove some of the bulk. Fold the fabric on each end of the long side to create a diagonal line when folded over. This will create a nice mitered corner.
- Fold over long edges and adhere with no-sew tape.
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Note: I found that even the strongest no-sew tape or liquid did not adhere the denim satisfactorily. I sew the pockets onto my placemats before I stitch the back to the front. Let me know if the no-sew tape works for you, or what you did differently.
~SMSonghurst / Songhurst Farm