Thursday, 29 March 2012

Recycle, Reuse ...

As I was saying yesterday, I've been hard at work on my latest project, a 'Scrap Heap' bear for the Guild of Master Bearcrafters' latest challenge.  I remember buying my pair of Levi jeans years ago, then loving them into a faded, shabby looking 'me' shape.  Eventually, as is the way of most old clothing, those jeans lay forgotten in the bottom of my wardrobe, waiting in vain for me to shed a few pounds. Despite a little nostalgic reluctance, earlier this week I made that first vital snip along the leg seams, sacrificing my worn out, too-snug-around-the-waistband Levi's, in the name of creativity.

'Red Levi' 

'Red Levi' has vintage buttons for eyes and I have tried to incorporate the most 'interesting' elements of my jeans, such as the famous 'Red Tab', pocket, Levi Strauss button and printed pocket linings, into his design. I was interested to read that the Levi Strauss Company, founded in 1853, actively supports a sustainability and recycling ethos within their business today, so now it seems all the more appropriate to have sacrificed my comfy old jeans for the 'Scrap Heap Challenge'!


  1. Paula, he's wonderful as your bears usually are... Last time I tried using denim it came out lumpy when it was stuffed, he is a great shape and a very good advertisment for recycling your old clothes. He's also a great idea as a keepsake for those hard to part with items fromn the bottom drawer :)

  2. Paula,
    He is ADORABLE! Great use of the important parts. Especially love the paw pads. I hope you are keeping him as your special keepsake.

    My Mom is feeling inspired to make that bear she's been procrastinating about.

  3. He's truly wonderful Paula!!! It's amazing that he looks just like one of your bears despite not being furry! You have done a fantastic job recycling your jeans and I can't think of a better end to them! Well done in the task of using every ornate part of them that you could to superb effect. Very inspiring stuff :0)

  4. Dear Paula, he is wonderful :)I like these details from jeans and a pocket :)

    I also make a bear from jeans, but unfortunately I will'not make a bear till deadline :(

  5. I LOVE him, Paula! Great job! I hope mine turns out...I'll be working hard the next few days!

  6. Scrap heap. .....Looks more like a designer bear to me. I adore him...

  7. Oh he is lovely - very nicely done Paula:o))
    Take care and have a good weekend.
    Hugs Lyn x

  8. Paula, it's just wonderful! I really love details with the red label and.... Have a nice week-end with sun and flowers and thank you so much for all the work you do for The Guild of Masterbearcrafters!

  9. Thank you all for your kind comments!

  10. Red Levi is fabulous! Very nostalgic! You did a wonderful job of placement of all things special to show your Levi jeans in the best way possible!


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