Saturday, February 6, 2010

Denim Flowers Barrette

Upcycle an old pair of jeans scraps into a flowerly barrette. 

Items used:
  • Jeans scraps (5 12 x 12 inches square pieces)
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Cardboard
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot Glue Gun 
  • Barrette blank

The scraps were taken from one of the legs of this pair of scraggly old jean.

The principal for making the flowers here is the same as the rolled paper flowers here:

For the two outer flowers, I cut 2 12 inch x 12 inch squares from one of the legs and stacked them on top of  each other, right sides up, flipped them over and on the wrong side of the fabric drew a spiral like the one below on where the spirals were about an inch wide.   For the center flower, I only used one layer of fabric.

I then cut out the spirals and rolled them starting with the inner spiral outward and would stitch the layers loosely with a needle and thread. Here is the bottom view of the rolled flowers.

I put the barrette blank on a piece of cardboard and drew around it with a pen, making it slightly larger than the barrette and then cut it out.

I put the flowers with the 2 layers on each end and the one with 1 layer in the center, scrunched them together then glued the bottom of the flowers to the cardboard.

I then glued the cardboard to the barrette blank.


  1. I found your blog through the international linking party. This is so cute. I would have never thought to use jeans to make a fabulous barrette.

  2. That is so cool! My sister rides in rodeo's and it looks like a great hair accessory to make her to wear with her western wear. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Fun idea! Thanks for sharing! Stop by Thursdays and link up at my new carnival Make it, Wear it!

    Andrea @

  4. What a great barrette! I love that you used that trashed pair of jeans to make something really pretty! Thanks for sharing and for linking back!

  5. Jeans and flowers - what a cute idea :)

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"