Monday, September 13, 2010

jeans that more than pay for themselves (true story)

So I bought this pair of jeans off of the clearance rack at Aeropostale a couple of years ago for about $8. They were really cute and fit me beautifully. I loved them and wore them until some of the seams in important places began to give out, at which point I put them into my pile of to-upcycle clothes.

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to make some custom baby bibs, so I got the denim pieces out of my to-upcyle pile and began cutting out bibs. It turns out that the pair of jeans mentioned above made four bibs. Two of them were the custom bibs which sold for $10, and the two others will bring in either $10 or $12 (depending on if they sell separately or in a set of two). That means that my well-loved $8 jeans will make me $20-$22. I feel so clever and thrifty about now. : )

Since I was already making bibs, I went ahead and used the rest of my denim stash to make still more bibs for selling at farmers' market. Not only are they fun to make, but they also are my best-selling market item this year.

I had a lot of fun using a variety of buttons to decorate the bibs this time in addition to my usual appliqu├ęs.


Debi said...

The bibs are absolutely adorable! I love how you embellished each one individually so that they are one of a kind. I have a few pairs of jeans in my "scrap" basket... hmmmmm.

stitching under oaks said...

good for you...that is very thrifty and crafty of you. i can see why those bibs are big sellers, they are adorable.

Raise Them Up said...

Just caught up a bit on your blog. BOY are your boys getting big! And so cute! :)

Your bibs made me chuckle. I used my husband's old jeans to make a few of them when my oldest was little. Your's are SO much prettier! It's wonderful that you can make money like that!

Sarah said...

I love the bibs! When/if your boys want to be cowboys, let me can make the most adorable "chaps" using their old jeans! And easy, will take the whole project to a new level, I'm sure, if it comes to that :)