I like to start at the inseam, and I remove the inseam in one long piece. Then I cut up the side seam, which is the straightest seam on the jeans. My goal is to save as much fabric as I can.
I save the rear of the jeans with the pockets for other projects. The front of the jeans go in another pile.
This really came at a good time for me....I've been weaving some tote bags for the fall sale, and I needed some long inseams to use for the strap. I will join several to get a four yard length--I'll need four of these. Then, the strips will be braided the make the strap.
This is the blue jean tote bag that is in progress. I had cut my strips 1/2" since it needed to be light weight. I'll be adding in the straps tonight. Grey's Anatomy premiers tonight, you know.
Rolling around the cloth beam is the blue tote bag that I finished this weekend. You have to tuck the handles carefully at the sides so that don't interfere with the cloth that is winding on OR the brake system. The white totebag was woven with the strips from my placemat fabric that had the hairy selvedge. I thought more pink would show up on the woven part, which is why the edge is pink. I'm not so sure that was a good idea. We'll see...........
I have plenty to do in the next few days, but I love seeing fabric get a new life.