If you have ever used one of those over-the-door hanging shoe organizers, then you already know how handy they can be to keep your shoes organized. Elena from ‘A Casarella suggested in her travel tips, that you bring one with when you travel. Isn’t that a clever idea? You hang it over the door in your hotel bathroom to hold the various accoutrements a family would use while on vacation. There’s never enough counter space in a hotel room, as it it!
I decided to make myself a similar hanging travel organizer out of blue jeans that I no longer wear. I could have left it plain, indeed, but when I made the copper and green bottles a few weeks back at the Michaels craft party, there also happened to be a diy subway art project from Sharon at Mrs. Hines Class that I fell in love with!
- Deco Art bon voyage stencil
- Painter’s tape
- Old pair of blue jeans
- 2 door hanging hooks
- washi tape (optional)
- Sewing needle for denim (or use sewing machine)
- Thread (thick enough for denim)
- Craft paint (I used Spa Blue, Indian Turquoise, Raw Umber, White, Butter Cream, Metallic Copper, Christmas Red and True Red)
- Fabric paint medium
- Pouncing sponges (I used a large foam sponge cut into pieces)
- Trays of for the paint(any kind will do)
- Card board pieces to sample your colors (optional)
Hand dart the legs of the blue jeans together in a few places, so it looks kind of like a skirt.
Decide where you want you storage pockets to be, mark with sewing chalk, and then stitch all the way across the pant legs. You can do this by using a sewing machine, or hand stitching, just make sure you use thread thick enough for denim.
I cheated on this part as my very talented friend Joyce from ReJoyce Renew did the sewing part for me. Thank you, Joyce!
Sample, practice, test, test test!! You can go with any color scheme, I only suggest that you stick with 3-4 colors in various shades and that you sample these colors together on card board to make sure that you like the combination. Sample the stencils on card board, also. I had another pair of old jeans, as well, so I also practiced stenciling on that pair first, to make sure I had the hang of it.
Tip: Once you have picked your colors, determine which color you want to use on which word/ wording and then stick with that color for that word/wording through the project.
Use pouncing sponges, or you can cut up pieces from a foam sponge, since you will be need a lot due to the variety of colors.
Set up your paint trays and add fabric medium to each color at a ratio of 2:1, craft paint: fabric medium.
I don’t suggest skipping this step. I tried without the fabric medium first, and it worked so much better with the medium mixed in (less blotching, for sure).
Being conscious of where your stitched seams are at, lay your stencil down, near the center point of the jeans,either to one side or the other, and then tape it down. Dip your sponge in a chosen color, dab some off on a piece of paper towel, and then apply the paint by pouncing straight down onto the lettering. Keep the sponge on the drier side and keep going until the letters are filled in.
While the stencil is in that position, do all the lettering that will have that color on the stencil at once, and then move on to the next color. Double check to make sure you have painted each word (unless you are purposely leaving off some words).
Move the stencil to the next position on the jeans and repeat the same steps as above.
Consider using only part of the stencil to fill in some areas. Don’t lay the stencil straight on against the previous application, but rather, try to move the stencil around unevenly to avoid a boxy look.
Let paint dry over night.
Cut slits in the front section ONLY of the blue jeans for the storage pockets.
Cut seam out of pockets for more storage space in the blue jean pocket area.
Poke hole through front and back of jeans just under the stitched section near the top of the blue jeans for the over-the-door hooks.
Cover over-the-door hooks with washi tape.
Not big on traveling? Make one for a teenage bedroom, a craft room, or tool room. I made one of these for my paint brushes (without the subway art) a few years back, and I still use it.
Thank you for stopping by ~ Amy