Blue jean baby Upcycle old denim into a coiled pot
Forget consigning your old denim clothes to the ragbag – get creative and recycle them into a sculptural work of art. You’ll start to look at your jeans in a whole new way!
HOW TO COIL A DENIM POT Gather your supplies
Old denim clothing; scissors; cotton sash cord (or similar); sewing machine with denim needle (see Maker’s tips); thread; zipper foot; large embroidery needle; stranded embroidery cotton; binder clips
STEP 1 Cut denim clothing into long strips, 5-7cm wide.
STEP 2 Fold a denim strip around sash cord and machine stitch as close as possible to the cord, using the zipper foot on your machine. When you add another strip, simply overlap at end of previous one. Add variation by using both sides of denim, as desired. Proceed in this way until you have a good length of covered cord. STEP 3 Thread embroidery needle with a length of stranded cotton (use all 6 strands) and, beginning at one end of covered cord, work about 12cm blanket stitch (see diagram, below right) around the cord.
STEP 4 Start coiling into a tight circle by catching 2 rows of cord together with your blanket stitching.
STEP 5 Secure coiled fabric with a binder clip, then blanket stitch outer coil to inner coil by catching the ‘bar’ of the blanket stitch in the previous round as you make the next round of stitching.
STEP 6 Continue working blanket stitch around the coils in this way until you have a flat circle that is the desired base size for your pot.
STEP 7 To make sides of pot, coil and work blanket stitch in the same manner, but tighten coils slightly as you go so they sit on top of each other, rather than side by side. By varying the tightness of coils, you can vary the pot shape.
STEP 8 To finish top of pot, work blanket stitch more closely around final coil. This allows you to taper and secure the end of the cord so it sits flat.