My husband walked by me with a pair of old jeans recently and said they were done. In a ninja move, I grabbed them as he was tossing them into the trash. Ordinarily that would just be me just saving them for some undetermined future project, but I knew immediately what I would do with these. In spite of the fact that they were mostly stained, holey and falling apart, there was a good section just waiting to be hoop art.
You don't need much for this one, aside from some patience and time. The supplies are only a pair of old jeans and a 10" embroidery hoop. If you intend to add any embroidery you'll also need some floss.
Cut the inseam and up the center of the back. I also removed the tag and a belt loop since it looked like they'd interfere with the hoop. Cut away the remaining jeans, leaving plenty of room to put on the hoop and at least 12" of length below it.
Insert the denim in the hoop, centering the pocket as much as possible. Draw a line from the center of the side of the hoop down about 8-10". Repeat on the other side. Cut the lines to within about 1/4" of the hoop. Find the center about 12" from the bottom. Draw a line from that point to the bottom of each cut. Cut along line.
This is a lot of thread-picking, so if you're like to shorten the length of your project you can reduce the length of the fabric below the hoop.
Starting at the point at the bottom, pull out the horizontal threads, one at a time. This takes a while, and becomes more complicated the higher you go and the longer they get. Use a pin to pull each thread out of the weave before pulling it out to keep them from breaking and tangling.
As you get up to the hoop you'll have to clip some of the threads close to the hoop as you pull them out. Because of that curve, I ended up with crocked fringe. The way your fringe comes out in the end can vary a lot based on what jeans you're using. There are lots of kinds of denim, and they will all behave differently.
That was easy enough to fix with some trimming. Thankfully we're going for a Bohemian look here, so perfect isn't a requirement.
Did you notice the stitching on the pocket? The original threads were coming out, so I finished removing them and restitched with some variegated yellow craft floss. It was tough doing that on a deep pocket, but it worked out.
Trim the remaining denim around the upper portion of the hoop to a couple of inches larger than the hoop and hot glue to the inside. If you want to cover it, you can cut a piece of felt or another piece of denim and glue it onto the back.
Cut three strips of denim from the remaining jeans that are each 15 x 1/2". Stack the three ends and sew together. Braid. Stitch the other end together. Feed the braid through the hole under the screw. Stitch both ends together and pull so the ends are at the back.
Midway through this one I wasn't sure it was going to work out, but I think the breezy summer thing its got going on makes it perfect for July!