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    Zippers & back pockets from jeans

    Is there any use/need to keep zippers and back pockets
    from old jeans?

    I just posted in the "main" section about cutting up old
    jeans, but now I am left with a zipper & pockets, and don't
    really have a use/plan for them.
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    The zippers can be used for bags, purses, other projects. The back patch pockets can be used for quilts, rugs, all kinds of craft, sewing projects. ( About.com) has a tutorial to make a Denim pocket quilt. Search Google images or Pinterest for inspiration, ideas for pockets and zipper projects
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    People often incorporate the pocket into their quilts.

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    Back pocket are great for Potholders, or at least my dh and ds pants were used.
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    If you can cut around the pocket to make a nice size square, they make a nice backing for hot pads. You can slip your hand in the pocket for a good grip on a hot pan. Squares seen together with the pockets and attached to a hanger make a nice spot to keep boys Hot Wheels or girls hair clips.

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    I've seen the pockets made into small bags. Also saw a hanging organizer made using various size and color of jeans pockets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggersmom View Post
    Back pocket are great for Potholders, or at least my dh and ds pants were used.
    And I saw one of those two-handed oven mitts made with jeans pickets connected with a longer piece of denim. Lined with heat resistant ant batting of course.

    Check out Pinterest. There are lots of ideas there. I think I saw a hair bow made with zippers.
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    pocket zipper

    Quote Originally Posted by Quilty-Louise View Post
    Is there any use/need to keep zippers and back pockets
    from old jeans?

    I just posted in the "main" section about cutting up old
    jeans, but now I am left with a zipper & pockets, and don't
    really have a use/plan for them.
    I just thought when I read this jean material with the zipper attached, I could use this on a jean pocketbook.
    Thinking I could put it on the outside of pocketbook. I would use it for cell phone ( instead of my pants pocket)
    There I would have my cell quickly instead digging in my purse. I would rather have a zipper instead of Velcro.

    Idea no. 2 my kitchen apron - a zippered pocket. no.3 Use your zipper pocket to put a key, money, gum etc.
    Now put in your pocket or attach a strap. Take a walk, jog,
    or drive to WAWA and get some coffee.

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    I am always begging for back pockets and the belt loops from jeans. I sew the pockets to the front of a sweatshirt and put the belt loops around the neckline, then run a bandanna through it. I can't seem to make enough of these in the winter time!

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    I sewed a pocket on a sweat shirt, too. My husband loved it. I had to do the rest of his sweatshirts. No bandana though. Then my son in law saw it and wanted some, too. Then I sewed a huge jeans pocket on my grand son's sweatshirt. He loved it very much. He loaded it up with toys. Then it got passed down to his brother. He loaded it up with cereal. My daughter unloaded that shirt to the trash.
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    I sewed a jeans pocket onto a walker bag for mom. It covered an otherwise bare place.
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    I take all the thread out of pockets. I sew the pocket to piece of denim so I can fray it. Also sew it with bright colored thread. Use the side seam for purse strap what ever length you want. I have made so many but never taken a picture. I also so buttons on like hearts, beach stuff, etc.

    When I use the pockets on jean quilts I also take all the thread out and match the color thread to the flannel on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewready View Post
    I am always begging for back pockets and the belt loops from jeans. I sew the pockets to the front of a sweatshirt and put the belt loops around the neckline, then run a bandanna through it. I can't seem to make enough of these in the winter time!
    Would love to see a picture of the bandanna through the belt loops. I do a lot of patching of jeans, so have these things around all the time.
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    I made a great purse for my sister a few years ago using jean pockets. Google it and you will find dozens of patterns to try.

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    If you can't find a use for them, offer them on the section here and just ask for postage costs. Someone can use them.
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    Great ideas here!! What incredible women are on this board!!!!! Thank you so much!
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    I used the seam ripper and carefully removed the zipper.
    For some reason I thought the zipper would be longer, but
    seeing it removed from the jeans.

    MAYBE it is 5-6" long (didn't measure it).

    I cut the denim as close around the pockets as I could.
    In fact the only thing really left of the one pair I cut up
    are the waist, inner & outer seams, front pockets, back
    pockets, and the "carpenter" pockets oh yeah and the
    belt loops.
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    Yes! I saw the neatest idea the other day where someone had taken back pockets from multiple pairs of jeans and sewed them together (like you would quilt squares). They used the waste bands as borders. I don't know what was done for the backing or if there was one. Hang the finished product. The pockets can be used to store things.

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    You can definitely use the pockets with a denim purse, the kind that teens might like. If you use them in side the purse, they can hold phones, calculators, lipstick, pens and pencils, credit cards.

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    Try googling the junk jeans lady she makes all kinds of things and uses every part of the jeans one amazing lady I have seen her demos at 2 shows all I can say is amazing I hope this info will help you find her

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    Using the side seams for purse straps is a great idea. Never thought of that. Why can't I think of these things myself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DivaDee View Post
    Using the side seams for purse straps is a great idea. Never thought of that. Why can't I think of these things myself?
    I have used 3 and braided them to make a real nice strap.
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    I add the pockets to my jean quilts. the grand kids love them....

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    Sew cute, Sharonann!

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