From jeans to sleeves


I love denim – its casual and cool attitude, texture and multiple shades of blue… ย I’ve always wanted to work with the material, but I dreaded even the thought of sewing. So invariably I asked my mom to create things like this beautiful pencil holder.

Last week, I teamed up with my mother-in-law to turn a pair of old jeans into a laptop sleeve.* This was the first time that I took up a stitching project and it was quite the ride. Denim isn’t the easiest material to work with, especially if one has never stitched beforeโ€”first with cutting open the jeans, then running it through the machine, and the occasional need to reopen messed up stitches. To complicate things, we attached the zip after stitching all other sidesโ€”bad idea. It should have been the first thing to be done up.

After we stitched everything up, we realised that the zip would rub against the laptop constantly, and it would be necessary to add some piping inside. Again, a lack of planning. With the multiple stitches bunched up at the corners, we extended our simple project by adding a small patch that doubled up as a pen and zip holder. To finish things up, we tidied up by putting in a few stitches by hand, and then trimmed all the loose threads.

For two-and a half days, we stared at the fabric; measured the laptop and fabric multiple times and drew chalk lines; had mini debates and discussions (no, there were no arguments, thank you); threaded needles; pulled the sewing machine apart to remove knots; lost the thread and threaded the needles again; stitched, reopened the stitches and stitched again; turned the bag inside out and then right side back up; and finally packed the laptop in. Phew!

Today, I am proud to introduce you to our new laptop sleeve!

From jeans to sleeves
Click / tap on the image to view them all on Flickr

This one was made using one leg of the pair of jeans. One down, one more to go ๐Ÿ˜‰


* My mom is super happy I decided to give sewing a try. And now I won’t be able to ask her to take up my sewing ideas. Bummer.

Images taken with Motorola Moto G3 and collage created with Befunky.

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11 thoughts on “From jeans to sleeves”

  1. Thanks for the idea. I’ve got three ripped pairs of jeans that I’ve been unwilling to throw out because there must be some use for them and I need a cover for my tablet.

    I won’t be producing anything as elegant as what you and your mum-in-law made but I think I can stitch together something functional.

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    1. Thank you, Akhila for your comment. Since childhood we’ve been encouraged to reuse as much as we could for environmental sustainability. I believe in it strongly, given the consumerist world we’re in. And it’s super fun and creative ๐Ÿ™‚

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