31 Days: Beads and Patchwork

The first of Wednesday’s fun and unusual projects was a mending spree. Three pair of holey jeans got turned into shorts, a pair of jeans got elastic added to the waistband (like so), and another pair of jeans got a cool spotty patch (more fun patches here).  I think I’d kinda forgotten just how satisfying it can be to give new (cute) life to something old.  While my sewing machine’s still out on the dining room table, I may just prowl around for a few more things that need fixing.

Next on the agenda was craft time with the little girls.  We’ve done ironing beads off and on for years, so we had plenty of them lurking around the house.  But this time, instead of putting them carefully onto the little pegboards, we just picked our favorite colors and poured them into metal cookie cutters on cookie sheets. How easy is that?

Bake in a 250 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the beads puff up and start sticking together.  Good fun was had by all.  We’re thinking these guys would be fun gift toppers at Christmas time.

Next time, I think we’ll line our cookie sheets with foil.  The shapes peeled off the pan, no trouble.  But some of the shapes ended up with dark bits of cookie-sheet residue adhered to them, something we could avoid with a sheet of foil.   (Or a cleaner cookie sheet!)









Did you do anything unusual or fun this week so far?  We invite you to our linky page to see what the other Focus and Refresh participants have been doing with their time, and to add your own project or focus goals as well.

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  1. Ahhh..a new way to shine the cookie sheets! Sounds like this will work better than baking soda/peroxide tip from Pintrest.

  2. Love the patch on the jeans…really cute!

  3. Heather Ratliff says:

    I’d love to know the instructions for adding elastic to jeans. It appears that the pinned link no longer works.