When I craft I hate to throw away even the tiniest scrap, just in case there may be a use for it. That means I have quite a supply of bits and pieces to spark my creativity. This jean seam wreath made quite a dent in my saved jean scraps. Since the seams are harder and thicker than the fabric of the jeans, using them in sewing projects is next to impossible. A jean seam wreath is the perfect project for utilizing their usefulness into something beautiful. No sewing is required. The jean seams are attached to the wreath using a hot glue gun.
Things You Will Need:
12-inch foam wreath form with a 2-inch thickness
Several old jeans
Hot glue gun
Cut the flat-fell seams and the hems off of the stash of jeans you have saved for recycled crafting. The flat-fell seams are usually the inseam of jeans. They are the easily identified seam that has two parallel top stitching lines. This project uses a lot of seams, and is a great way to use up even more of the scraps left over from jeans used for other projects.
Cut the seams and hems into 6-inch lengths. This length is the circumference around the thickness of the wreath ring. If your wreath has a different thickness, adjust the length of your cut seams.
Wrap each seam side by side around the thickness of the wreath with all the ends of the seams on the back. Mix the colors and denim shades for more interesting and random coverage. Slightly overlap the long edges of the seams if gaps start appearing between them.
Tip: To prevent burned or blistered fingers, keep a bowl of ice water nearby to dip your fingers in if they get hot glue on them.
Cut seven 6-inch lengths from the cut hems.
Lay one hem on your work surface. Apply a line of hot glue along the cut edge of the hem. Beginning at one end, tightly roll the hem to the other end. The result is a denim rose. Glue and roll each of the remaining cut hems.
Lay the wrapped wreath form on your work surface with the front facing up. Arrange the denim roses in a cluster on the wreath with their cut edges facing down. Lifting one rose at a time, apply hot glue to the bottoms and replace them on the wreath. Allow the glue to cool.
A variation of this project can be achieved with fewer jeans or their scraps. Cut the denim in 1/2-inch-wide by 6-inch-long strips. Attach them in the same way as the seams and the hems.