We all start out somewhere, and these humble $2 thrift store rejects were nothing special, but they were a perfect start for this distressing experiment.
I like the idea of taking an ugly duckling, and at least turning out an owl or bluejay. These were not badly worn, and not expensive enough that I was worried about messing the whole thing up. It was very freeing! I have been wanting to try my hand at denim distressing for quite some time- this was a perfect starter project for me.
I used several different 'tools' on my project. I liked using a cheese grater the best, I could rub away the most fiber the fastest- however I also rubbed off a little of my knuckles as well! I used some 180 grit sandpaper to age the edges along the pockets and bib, and my handy seam ripper was great for adding tears.
I have been saving and cutting up my families old jeans to make a rag quilt, and I used some of the 'saved' pockets to add dimension to these bibs. The patches on the knee and vestback are from an antique 'cutter' quilt I have been looking to use on something- I love the worn out look of the quilt pieces with the distressed denim! On both the front and back quilt patches I set them from behind, so the ragged edges of the denim would add to the look.
I made the Ticklish Moose applique patch out of some leftover creme-colored flannel, and added it after I bleached the denim and distressed the pocket. The neat thing is that I know these will continue to wear and age and just keep getting better with time.
I decided to try adding a few more elements. This pocket stamp is from http://www.paperartsy.com/. I tried some regular stamp ink I had, and even tried heat setting it, but to no avail. I did a little more research and found a special ink just for fabric stamping
I couldn't find any at my local hobby stores, so I ordered from a supplier online- there are several to pick from. This ink performed perfectly, was easily heat set, and I look forward to trying it on many other fabrics and projects.
I would just like to finish by saying this- sometimes you just have to jump in and let the project take you where it wants to go. I may add a few more elements as time goes on- I have a few more ideas, but for now these bib overalls from humble beginings are complete, and I can't wait to wear them!