Patching with Upholstery Samples

Thursday, May 26, 2011

How did an American fine furnishing sample book find its way to a recycle centre, in a small Australian suburban town? Last year I picked up a pack of upholstery fabric samples by Robert Allen, for $1, at the Outlook Recycle Centre in Mornington; its journey remains unknown.

It is almost as if each fabric square has it's own story, for each piece consists of different material, and made in countries as far and wide as Taiwan, India, The Philippines, Japan, and the USA. There are silks, cottons, linens and synthetics.

Up until now, my upholstery samples have been left untouched in my rather large suitcase of thrifted fabric, waiting patiently for a project. Whilst I am scheming up a suitable project to reuse all of these pretty fabric squares, I have in the meantime found a use for some.

My favourite pair of Diesel jeans, that I've had for close to ten years, have finally given at the knee. Now, I shouldn't be too bothered about this, for ripped jeans have a certain character, but during Melbourne's winter, it is just not practical to wear holey jeans. What better opportunity than to patch with fine furnishing samples?

To sew on my patches, I had to unpick the side seam of my jeans, then machine stitched what I could, hand stitched the rest, and machine stitched the open seam back together again.

Never too old for patched jeans!


Slow Fashioned said...

Very cute!!!

Nelly said...

A great job in make do and mend.Very cute.If only those samples could talk lol

Yelena's Nest said...

I love the patches! Great job!

Aisling said...


Yolanda @ Miss Refashionista said...

I always buy these and make hair thingies for my daughter.

Your idea is so much more innovative!


Unknown said...

Hi! Love your blog! I'm a new follower, I found you on the Thrifty Thursday blog hop. I'm looking forward to seeing more from you. I'd love a follow too! :)

Christy Franklin said...

What a great idea! I would probably be tempted to do patches even if there wasn't a tear!!

Carolyn said...

These jeans are gorgeous, I can see why you love them so much... and the new patch looks very stylish!

my thrifty closet said...

cute! The patchwork is so clever! Sample fabrics are great for craft, especially you bought for them for only a dollar


Michelle Walker said...

I joined all mine together and covered chair cushions with them...except you have to mind the holes and stickers left on them hee hee

Tracy said...

hi there just tried to come over and read your post "wish list"..blogger said its not there.?

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