Archive for September 2014

Tutorial 30 – Upcycled Denim Mug Rug


Step 1 -You need the pocket(s) of an old pair of denim pants, felt, picker and a pair of scissors


Step 2 – Embroider a design on the felt. We used the Tea and Coffee Monograms from


Step 3 – After you embroidered the design, place the felt on top of the pocket (you unpicked/removed from the pair of denim pants). Place right side together or back to back. This will ensure a perfect mirror image. Cut the felt to match the denim pocket. We used zigzag scissors for a decorative edge, but normal scissors are fine.


Step 4 – This is what your 2 panels looks like at this stage.


Step 5 – Pin the embroidered felt to the pocket (back to back). Insert a ribbon. We used a piece of ribbon (5″ long and 0.6″ wide) folded in half.


Step 6 – With a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, stitch the 2 panels to each other. We matched the thread color to the felt.


Step 7 – Your mug rug is complete. What a great gift to your best friend! and while you have your cup of coffee or tea drop us an email at to share how you plan to use your old pair of denims.

Tutorial 29 – Frugal Tablet Cover – Trendy in Denim


Step1 – Use any old pair of denim pants (I used my Hubby`s…hope he likes his upcycled denim)


Step 2 -You can make a few covers from 1 pair of pants. Use your TABLET to measure the desired width. Allow 1″ extra on either side.


Step 3 – For a soft lining we used a piece of felt. Use any soft fabric eg. fleece, felt etc. Cut the lining approx. 1/2″ smaller than the denim fabric (all around). This way it will fit snugly on the inside of the denim sleeve.


Step 4 – Unpick the seam in your denim fabric to allow easy hooping for embroidery.


Step 5 – Hoop and stitch the design directly onto the denim. Remember to use a stabilizer for best results.


Step 6 – We used “take care Polar Bear” from Choose from our cute range of Quotes and Rhymes.


Step 7 – Denim turned inside out. Close the side seam (the one you unpicked) after embroidery and close one of the 2 remaining seams. This will be the bottom of the Cover.


Step 8 – Do the same with your lining. Closing all seams except where you will insert your tablet (once complete)


Step 9 – Insert the lining inside your denim “pocket”. Ensure the lining goes all the way to the bottom.


Step 10 – If the lining is still longer than the denim. Simply draw a straight line and cut away the excess lining.


Step 11 – Use a trendy fabric to finish off the top of your TABLET COVER. Cut the fabric to approx a 1/3 of the length of your denim sleeve. Make sure the trendy fabric fits around the top, with a bit extra to allow for a seam.


Step 12 – Stitch the trendy fabric on the line where you measured.


Step 13 – Insert the denim in the trendy fabric to align at the top. Pin all around.


Step 14 – Once you secured the trendy fabric to your denim sleeve (with a straight stitch on your sewing machine) you are nearly done!


Step 15 – Fold the trendy fabric to the inside and pin. From the outside stitch all along the “ditch” (the area between the denim and trend fabric) using a straight stitch on your sewing machine.


Step 16 – Add a button to the outside and elastic to the inside and your FRUGAL TABLET COVER is complete! Send us photos of your Beautiful creations to