Crafts Using Old Jeans

There are a great number of crafting projects that use recycled jeans. Whether you are thinking of remaking them into other clothing items, decorations, rugs, or something completely different, there is a project just for you. This is a guide about crafts using old jeans.
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November 17, 2009 Flag
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Mat sewn from denim jean scraps and colorful scraps of cotton.

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Instructions:

  1. Center the cardboard template on a print circle and mark the point where each of the four corners touches the outside edge of the circle.

  2. Use these marks as a guide, and stitch the print circle to a denim circle diagonally, wrong sides together.

  3. Repeat for each of the twelve circles.

  4. Fold the edges of the circles over between the diagonal stitching and press to make flaps.

  5. Sew the flaps to each other to assemble the mat. (See diagram)

  6. Stitch the flaps flat to each circle, excluding the very outside edges.

  7. Sew a double line of stitching around the outside edges of the mat.

  8. Snip the edges about every 1/4 inch up to the stitching lines.

  9. Washing and drying the mat will then rag the edges.

By Preserver from Manitoba

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November 23, 20090 found this helpful

I love this recycling idea. I just cut up an old denim skirt last night. Thanks for sharing!

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November 23, 20090 found this helpful

November 28, 2011 Flag
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I cut up old jeans and make coasters and/or pot holders. I make four - 4 1/2 inch squares of the jeans, and one - 4 inch square of any cotton material, then sew around the square and sew from corner to corner so it has a big X through it.

Then I cut small slits on each side and then wet and put in dryer to make the jeans fray. I give as gifts, as a 4 pack of coasters. NFL and college team materials are a great hit! When making pot holders, I cut the squares 8 inches.

By Janelle R. from Waterloo, IA

December 12, 20110 found this helpful

I love this but I don't understand the directions for it! Don't understand 4 blue jean squares and 1 regular square.

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March 24, 20160 found this helpful

October 28, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making denim scrubbers. Old jeans have so many uses after we retire them from our wardrobe.

Denim Scrubbers

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October 20, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making a crocheted denim purse. Recycle denim material as strips to crochet a unique bag.

Blue denim crocheted purse.

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January 29, 2009 Flag
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This is a mat to put near the door. It will catch lots of outdoor dirt before it makes its way all over the house. This mat is made from recycled blue jeans, and makes use of very small scraps. You can make the base whatever size you want your mat to be.

Extra tip: Cut your scraps with a rotary cutter to save time. The picture is of a partially finished mat. Sorry, I have not had time lately to complete one for a photo session.

Supplies:

*Since stitching doesn't show, this is good place to use up those odd colors of thread.

Instructions:

This project has no close tolerances. If measurements are a little off, everything should still work.

  1. Cut your muslin to the desired size. My pictures are of just a small portion. A nice size would be about the size of a small throw rug.
  2. Make a narrow hem around all 4 sides.
  3. Cut your denim strips all the same width. I used 2 inches. Cut them any length that you are able to cut from your scraps. You can piece the short ones together or cut the long ones to fit. Just butt the ends together, and stitch as one.
  4. When cutting the fringe, it doesn't have to be really even slashes. Just be sure you don't cut through the stitches.

By Harlean from Hot Springs, AR

The complete instructions are in a PDF file for which you may need Acrobat Reader to view. Download Acrobat Reader

Click Here to download the Denim Door Mat Instructions in PDF format.

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February 24, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, they are sewed on the sewing machine. And I don't sew either as a rule, just a little like this for a craft or two, but this is pretty easy and they don't have to be perfect as each row will cover any mistake made in the previous row.

Harlean from Arkansas

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November 28, 20100 found this helpful

January 11, 2011 Flag
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Whenever your kids outgrow their denim jeans, save them for making bags from the legs. Cut off the legs at the crotch, turn inside out and hem the unfinished edge. Now you have a nice long tube-bag for tent poles, beach umbrella storage, or anything else that comes with poles or long, skinny pieces. You could label the leg-bag with puffy paint, duct tape, or Sharpie marker so you know what is inside.

If you need a fatter bag, take multiple legs, split them at the inner seam (cut off the multiple-thicknesses of the leg), sew the long edges together for a fatter tube, and now you have a bag for a sleeping bag, beach towels, tent (small one, of course), or perhaps off-season blankets.

By MooseMom from Elk Grove, CA

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

Love your idea! :-)

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February 12, 2013 Flag
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Not to long ago my grand daughter went through a growth spurt and she asked me to turn her skinny jeans into shorts.

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November 27, 2007 Flag
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Here is a denim tote bag made from a pair of old recycled jeans. I have a step-by-step tutorial at this link:

Recycled Denim Tote with pocket

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September 29, 2006 Flag
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Using Cut Off Pant Legs. My 7 year old is a little larger than average around his waist, so I have to buy pants that are to long for him in order to get ones that will fit him around his waist, and end up cutting and hemming them for a better fit. . .

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September 14, 2005 Flag
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Save up and ask friends and family for old jeans. Make a throw or bed blanket!

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June 18, 2010 Flag
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What can be made with old jeans?

By Jenn from Alberta

June 29, 20100 found this helpful

I made great work aprons with pockets across the bottom. Great for yard work, housecleaning, etc.

Pat

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July 1, 20100 found this helpful

June 27, 2012 Flag

When my children were growing up, I cut the legs off their bluejeans and made shorts for the summer months. I saved the legs and made several things from them. I remember one being a cover for the dog bed and another a tennis racket cover.

Jeans tennis racket cover.

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October 1, 2004 Flag
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Last night I cut off my husbands blue jeans and made him some shorts. What can I do with the bottom portions that I have left? It has to be something really easy as I do not sew and don't have a machine and I have no little ones at home, just three little doggies! Thanks in advance! You ladies and gentlmen are the best! :)

Cookiepom

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June 18, 20070 found this helpful

MAKE A RAG QUILT, SIMPLY TAKE SQUARES SEW THEM TOGETHER WITH A ONE INCH SEAM ALLOWANCE

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August 18, 2009 Flag
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I made these for my pre-teen. I took Rice a Roni boxes with the top half cut off. I used old jeans and glued the jean material around the boxes. I used Sharpie markers to write "Live, Laugh, Love."

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November 19, 2011 Flag
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This is a guide about making a jeans purse. Jeans have long been an often used recycled material for a wide variety of crafts. One popular use is to cut and restitch into a durable jeans purse.

Jeans purse with ribbons and other decorations.

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