How To Use An Old Fabric And Turn It Into Something Fabulous

How To Use An Old Fabric And Turn It Into Something Fabulous

In 1969 a writer for American Fabrics magazine declared, “Denim is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, yet it remains eternally young.”

Now, over 150 years since the invention of denim jeans by Levi Strauss during the Gold Rush of the 1850's, denim continues to be the go-to choice for casual wear. Its hard-wearing and durable construction has stood the test of time, with Levi's original 501's undergoing few changes over the years. Yet, despite being created as work pants for cowboys, denim jeans still attract even the most wealthy of customers – the most expensive pair of jeans was sold for a staggering $1.3 million by a brand called Secret Circus, offering a diamond encrusted pair.

It is this iconic nature of denim jeans that has served as inspiration for Jeanette Holmes' interior design of a trendy teenage girl's bedroom in the show home at our Honeywell Grange development in Barnsley.

Proving a little imagination can go a long way, Jeanette has centred her design around a pair of patchwork Armani jeans bought from a well-known online auction site for £16! This thrifty purchase has been used on the headboard, pillows and cushions to create a one-of-a-kind room.


Easy when you know how

Jeanette created a bespoke headboard using a 120cm x 90cm piece of board and covering this initially in 450g of wadding to provide the cushioning. This was then covered in a dark blue washed denim with the back pocket of the jeans with the Armani emblem used to make a fab mobile phone pocket - an innovative and practical idea any teen will love!

Jeanette utilised all parts of the jeans in her creations, even using the button fly on the front of the jeans to create an interesting detail on a denim pillow. The patchwork legs were used to make scatter cushions, mixing the denim with vintage floral fabric to make the design even more fun and emphasise the vintage style of the jeans.

The denim theme continued with a wall mural to make a striking feature wall depicting a huge denim pocket with tan armchair, riding boots and chest complementing the blue theme perfectly.


Get inspired

If all this talk of upscaling has inspired you, why not have a go at making a bean bags just like ours. They are a fun and comfy spot to hang out and a great way to use up those pairs of jeans that no longer fit or have seen better days that we all seem to own. Follow this simple pattern for a step by step guide, which we found hugely useful.

To further emphasise the nostalgic theme at Honeywell Grange, vintage style furniture was chosen and black and white artworks of Lambrettas and 'girls in slacks' hung on the walls!

This room shows how a simple pair of vintage jeans can form the basis for an entire room. With a bit of imagination and some upcycling a fantastic room scheme that any teen would be proud of has been created. It’s the perfect way to create one-of-a-kind items, tailored to you that are also inexpensive.

Take a look around your home and see what inspires you – have some fun and don’t be afraid to give it a go!