O is for Original

Link up to the ABC's

Note: this post for the ABCs of Home Schooling is brought to you by my daughter. She’s an original… and so is her latest craft/fashion/art project. Enjoy!

Jeans. Everyone has them: they are a wardrobe staple across the world. And everyone has a favorite pair. They’re soft, they fit better than any other pair ever, and they have the best right-out-of-the-dryer smell. And they rip, right across the knee, as soon as you admit they’re your favorite. And so, sigh, here come the scissors, they get turned into cutoffs. Or…not.

How to make Most Awesome Jeans 

  • Assemble your weapons! Sharpies in as many colors as you can find, those scraps of embroidery floss that are left over from friendship bracelets, art pens, a drawing  compass, safety pins, a needle, scrap denim, a fully loaded iPod, and plastic bags. And jeans. We mustn’t forget the jeans.

supplies by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

    • Take your piece of scrap denim and make a color chart. Scribble with each Sharpie and label the scribbles. This way you don’t end up using Mild Chartreuse when what you really want is Vapid Scarlet. Or Eggplant Purple.

color names by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

  • Using a whip stitch, sew around the hole on the knee so that your jeans don’t unravel any more. Use the Awesome Colors that are left over from the really cool bracelet you made three years ago. Or use purple. I like purple.
  • Pin closed the bottom of one leg. Stuff the leg with plastic bags up to the knee, or thereabouts. Make sure the jeans are taut; you want it to look like someone is wearing them.

pinned by selcmom, on Pix-O-Spherestuffed by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

  • This is where the instructions get HIGHLY TECHNICAL: Start coloring.

fish by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

  • When you’re done coloring the bottom of the leg, take out the pins and bags. Pin the leg where you left off coloring and stuff it again.

violin by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

  • Keep coloring.

big red cat by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

  • When the jeans are completely covered in marker, throw them into the dryer for 30 minutes to set the ink. Make sure all the pins/bags/whatevers are out of your jeans.

smiley face pocket by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

  • Wear your Most Awesome Jeans. Go stand in an art gallery and become a chameleon….


About Heidi

I'm a pastor's wife, striving to live generously. I'm also a homeschooling, gardening, knitting, cooking, reading mom.
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4 Responses to O is for Original

  1. amyleebell says:

    Great idea! Ian will have to try this one. He usually hates wearing jeans, but maybe he’d like them better if they were of his own design…

    • Heidi says:

      Let me know if you try it… I’d love to see pictures!

      One caveat: we haven’t washed them yet, so I don’t know what will happen. We’re going to use vinegar in a cold water wash the first time… again, to set the ink. I’ll be sure to update the post when I know more!

  2. Ann says:

    What a fun and creative idea! Enjoyed your daughter’s style of writing also. You can hear her voice as she writes…she sounds like she has a great sense of humor.

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