Re-use, re-purpose, recycle—that’s the theme of this class! You’ll start with repurposing a pair of jeans: get your scissors out, cut off the pockets and pant legs, and invent yourself a tote bag! In the process, you’ll get an orientation and learn basic sewing machine skills on BARN’s new sewing machines.
You will see how you can use hand-stitching and other techniques for embellishing your bag. From there we’ll share ideas for other projects you can make out of your old jeans.
You are encouraged to bring old, clean, jeans and other denim to use yourself and share with the class. Any color or weight of denim is great! Ask your family and friends to contribute, too! BARN will provide additional thrift-shop and donated denim, plus materials for embellishment such as rivets, beads, embroidery floss, fabric paint, and more.
Isobel Coney enjoys combining cultural, environmental, and historical studies with art, using techniques spanning painting, quilting, felting, knitting, batik, printmaking, hand-made paper, and woodland crafts. She has experience teaching in schools and running workshops for adults. She is an active member of the Arts Washington Roster of Teaching Artists and passionate about experimenting with new techniques and sharing that journey with students.