Author: Nancy Flynn
Photographer: Peter Honig
Illustrator: Roxy Baer-Block
Publisher: Zest Books
ISBN: 978-1-9772660-3-6

Whether you’re a sewing whiz or an amateur whose last project involved popsicle sticks and finger paint, the projects in Jeaneology will have you falling in love with your old blues all over again,” Nancy Flynn writes in the introduction of her book, Jeaneology: Crafty Ways to Reinvent Your Old Jeans.

This one hundred and twenty page over-sized spiral-bound paperback targets ages twelve years old and older looking for ways to repurpose faded jeans. Geared toward the seventh grader or above, it contains twenty-five crafts to make from denim material.

After the table of contents and introduction, the book is divided into three sections, with an index and the author’s biography in the end. From seven to eleven topics per section, each is covered in two to six pages with numbered instructions. Small clock and spool icons cover the pages, alerting the reader to time involved and difficulty of the project.

Beginning with a chapter on necessary tools and materials, items used and sewing terms are discussed. The first section of seven patterns relates to clothing to wear like skirts, shorts, pants, and ties. The second section contains eleven accessory items such as hair bands, cellphone holders, handbags, wallets, pencil pouches, belt, slippers, earrings, bracelets, and chokers. The last seven-item part is for items around the house: laundry bag, placemat, coasters, pot holder, cushions, book covers, and key fobs. With photographs by Honig and corresponding color illustrations by Baer-Block, the directions seem understandable and informative.

This would make an ideal gift for a young person who loves denim and cannot part with a pair of tattered, loved jeans by making them into something they can enjoy. Although rudimentary in style, its point-by-point instructions are easy to follow for the beginner seamstress, and there are plenty ideas for the experienced sewer.

Thanks to Zest Books and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.