Tuesday

It ain't easy...

... being a "green" knitter.
Correction.... it is easy!


Since cutting up my silk skirt and turning it into Paris Recycled for Ann Budd's book, Knitting Green, I have never looked at my closet quite the same way!
Some of you might remember me cutting up jeans for a project a while back.... quite a while back!

My original idea was not working so my knit strips of denim were frogged and my giant ball of "yarn" was shelved.


Well, one thing led to another and I soon forgot about my recycled jeans project. That was until a few weeks back....
I happened upon a grand yard sale find.... four good, solid, wooden chairs in need of a hard scrubbing and a little TLC. The thrill was they were only 5 dollars each!

Then... I had the reduce-reuse-recycle- green- and funky- stylish light bulb moment!!!!
I dusted off my big, denim "yarn" ball...


reached for those huge, honkin' orange needles and started knitting...



... tada!!!


A wee bit of "toosh cush" for those spending time on my porch this summer!

Basic Sittin' Purty Toosh Cush Pattern


  • about 8 oz of jeans legs cut in a long continuous strip about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide. Sometimes I knotted the ends together. Sometimes I hand-stitched the ends together with red embroidery cotton. I liked mixin' it up.
  • 12-19 mm needles-- whatever you need to make you happy with your project.
Cast on 20 sts (or whatever you need) using the backward loop method.
Work in Stocking Stitch for desired length.
Shape, if necessary, by decreasing or increasing 1 st at each edge as needed.
Cast off.
Cut 2 strips to about 20" in length. Use to secure the "cush" to the chair with a nice knotted bow onto a leg or the chair back .

Please forgive me... but I must hurry off now ! I have three more chairs to tart up before Friday....

Oh... and don't forget the Knitting Green Blog Tour continues on June 9th with a peek into Cecily Glowik MacDonald's beautiful and creative world!
Before you ask... yes, the dottie heart is a pumped-up version of the cover pattern found in Gifted.... I found the red, white and blue colour theme perfect for my south of the border buddies upcoming fete!

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karin said...

I LOVE this! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Village Books said...

I'm gonna try it! Pile of old jeans upstairs just dying to be sliced!

Jean said...

Love it! gonna store the idea. Cannot figure out where to use the cushions at the moment....Thanks!

Sharon said...

This is such a great idea! I have piles of jeans, too.

tanya cobra said...

You have done such a beautiful design. The jeans are so cool!

Anonymous said...

I like it! I usually make shorts and slippers out of my old ones. But now, thanks to your project, I want to try a jean rug.

Linda said...

Mags, when you're cutting up things to reuse, which direction do you cut: up-and-down, or round-and-round? I have an impressive collection of boys' sweatpants that could use a second life, and you've offered a brilliant option!

Mags said...

Linda... I just cut a leg off at the crotch and started cutting around and around and around and around....
I am certain someone out there is far more clever, but this was my method. Oh, of course, do not use your *good* scissors! I pulled out the trusty pair of kitchen snippers. Have fun!