Re-contruction Zone

I’ve just returned from the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan. Do you get motivated to sew when you go to quilt shows or sewing shows? I do! I see so many ideas I want to try when I get home.

Coats & Clark joined with Janome sewing machines and Threadbangers to man the re-construction zone. We had a big wheelbarrow full of old jeans people could use to make bags, backpacks, totes and more. They could embellish their creations with machine embroidery or they could felt yarn into the denim with felting machines.

Machine Embroidery


More Embroidery

It was great to see young sewing enthusiasts sew their bags. Our youngest designer was 8 years old. She and her sister, age 11 both made bags, with a little help from their grandmother (below).

Here are a few projects on our website created from jeans:

Denim Organizer Denim Cuff Zippity Purse

You can see video from the Expo on

2 thoughts on “Re-contruction Zone

  1. ennadoolf Reply

    I love your pattern for wrist cuffs – though I changed it up a bit when I tried it. 😉

    The reconstruction zone sounds like a great activity – wish I could have been there!

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