May 1

Thrifty Things To Do This Week – Make Something New With Old Jeans

Getting Into The Habit Of Being Thrifty

Tartan Thrifty is all about getting into the habit of spending less without living less well. Some habits need to be carried out every day, some every week. Some only need to be carried out once a month – and, surprise, surprise, they are the hardest ones to keep up. To help with that you can find a wall-planner to help you keep on top of this week’s Thrifty Habits – the dailies, the weeklies and the ones that only come round once a month – here. Use it to plan when exactly you are going to carry out the Weekly and Monthly Habits.

Thrifty Things To Do This Week

Thrifty Habits Planner April Week 1 - New PageIt’s the first week of a new month – time to Put Cash In Purses before you start spending, and to Make Something. This month I am planning to make something new with old jeans. Why? Firstly because it will justify the big stack of little pairs of denim trousers I have failed to throw out over 13 years of motherhood. Somehow I managed to discard most of my babies’ clothing, but the jeans… ah, the jeans were too cute not to keep.

A beach-ready tote made from the legs of old jeans from Christie Chase Blogs

I blame my mother. When I was 7 she turned a pair of my outgrown jeans into a cute little duffel bag for me. I was hugely impressed by this transformation and used it with pride for several years. When Tiny Tartan outgrew his first pair of jeans, some forgotten bit of my brain kicked in and decided to turn them into a tiny toddler tote and some matching bean bags. He carried the tote, filled with little toys, crayons and colouring books everywhere we went for three years and was always able to entertain himself with the contents.

Another bit of my brain kicked in too – the thrifty bit. I would have paid for a little backpack in a shop for Tiny Tartan but jeans you are about to bin are FREE! Up-cycling his jeans was not just a satisfying way to hold onto a particularly cute garment, it was a way to save money. What’s not to love about that? And so here I am, 5 years and many saved jeans later and I finally have time to do something with them. Which is, basically an excuse to spend hours on Pinterest. If there’s one thing I love more than actually getting on with making something, it’s trawling through pictures of things I might make. If you want some up-cycling inspiration for your own jeans-stack, have a look at my Make Something board on Pinterest. Enjoy!


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Posted May 1, 2017 by tartanmum in category "Uncategorized

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