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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December 19, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about making coasters and pot holders from jeans. Denim fabric is so durable that recycling old jeans into new items is a popular craft. Try making pot holders or coasters for yourself and to give as gifts.

Potholder square red and white candy cane fabric with frayed edges

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December 12, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about making children's hats from scrap denim. Leftover denim from jeans can be made into these cute kids' hats.

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Denim Hats

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December 12, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about making a recycled jean flower. Save scraps of denim from mending or hemming jeans to make these pretty flowers.

Fluffed and finished flower.

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October 28, 2016 Flag

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

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Denim Scrubbers

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October 20, 2016 Flag

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 17, 2013 Flag

This is a guide about blue jeans quilt ideas. Recycling blue jeans into craft projects is a great way to reuse this sturdy fabric.

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Blue Jeans Quilt Ideas

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November 19, 2011 Flag

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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January 17, 2013 Flag

This guide is about crocheted blue jeans rug. Those worn out denim pants can be reused to create a rug.

Crocheted Blue Jeans Rug

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September 27, 2012 Flag

This is a guide about jean pocket crafts. Almost all the parts of a pair of jeans can be used in recycled crafts.

Denim pocket attached to a notebook.

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April 17, 2012 Flag

This is a guide about recycled jeans planters. Recycling jeans sets the stage for many craft projects.

Recycled Jeans Flower Pot

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February 20, 2012 Flag

This is a guide about making a jeans apron. Take those old or wrong sized jeans and, rather than throw them away, make a cute apron.

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January 29, 2009 Flag

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.

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

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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

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January 11, 2011 Flag

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.

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February 12, 2013 Flag

Not to long ago my grand daughter went through a growth spurt and she asked me to turn her skinny jeans into shorts. After cutting above the knees and hemming, I was left with some good material.

After thinking about it, I pulled them up my arms as sleeves. Since the jeans are stretchy, I didn't have to do anything to them. They can be used when trimming shrubs, trees, working in the garden, etc. We live in Florida and I'll wear them in the house when it gets cool, but not cold enough to turn the heat on.

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September 29, 2006 Flag

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. I use the leftover pants legs to make cute little bags to keep things in.

You just take a leftover pants leg, turn it inside out and upside down, hand stitch (or machine) the cut end together, and turn the leg inside out. Then take two colored shoelaces or pieces of string and run them through the top of the open end so you can pull it tight to close, and use for a handle.

My daughter and niece make and decorate them, and they turn out great! (Their ages are 9 and 8).

By Valerie from Huntington, WV

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September 14, 2005 Flag

Save up and ask friends and family for old jeans. Make a throw or bed blanket!

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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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August 18, 2009 Flag

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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June 18, 2010 Flag

What can be made with old jeans?

By Jenn from Alberta

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

Pat

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October 1, 2004 Flag

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! :)

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

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April 11, 2010 Flag

What can I do with denim scraps?

By Tina from Paola, KS

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Make a quilt. You can leave the pockets on for an interesting look.

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November 14, 2010 Flag

I am looking for how to make fringe out of old blue jeans.

By sewin granny from NE

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If it were me I would cut the jean leg the length & width I wanted it & fold it over lengthwise to make cutting faster & cut strips from the bottom up to a pre-marked line on the backside.Use a yardstick to make the line in ink at the top.When you cut,that's where you should stop.

Then cut with sharp scissors up to the line only. Folded you will cut at least 2 thicknesses or possibly 3 or 4 depending on how you fold it or cut every piece singly which could take a while. You could even mark the cut lines on the back if you wanted to. I would cut the fringe 1/2 an inch thick at least but that's up to you.

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May 15, 2012 Flag

What can be made with old jeans?

By Dorothy from Durban, KZN

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Many!

They can be cut into strips, sewing the ends together to make long strips, and braided or crocheted into 'rag' rugs.

They can be cut into squares and sewn together to make either quilts or unlined, unpadded throws.

You can make pillows for the couch, or thinner chair pads, for the kitchen chairs.

You could make a shower curtain with the jeans, just be sure to get a plastic liner.

There are lots of things that can be made out of jeans.

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June 18, 2010 Flag

I am looking for ideas for using old jeans, something besides using them for quilts and pot holders. Thanks.

By June A from Chilhowee, MO

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Recycled Jeans Crafts

Purses are very cute and also removing the pocket with the back on, I use these in my Sunday school class. I use puff paint writing on it and tack it to the wall with markers or post it notes in it. Very cute! (02/14/2010)

By peachynptc

Recycled Jeans Crafts

I made really nice work aprons with a pocket band across the bottom. I can stuff a lot of "stuff" in them. I am going to make backpacks to give our local school for homeless and disadvantaged children. You can get a pattern online. You can also make shopping bags.

Pat (02/14/2010)

By desertgal

Recycled Jeans Crafts

You can also use them to make strong dog plushies or even for ruff kids! The back pockets make cute little bags for little girls with the addition of some beads or even rhinestones. (02/14/2010)

By ReineJ

Recycled Jeans Crafts

I have seen rag rugs made of denim. They are adorable and last forever. I have no idea how to make them, but am sure someone here could get you a pattern. (02/15/2010)

By lostinthe

Recycled Jeans Crafts

I make jeans purses and sell them. I get used jeans at the thrift store for a couple of dollars. Get a women's size 8 or 10 unless you want a huge bag. When I get them home the first thing I do is lay them flat and cut the legs off right at the crotch. I cut the french seams off to use as handles (some people prefer I make a standard handle).

Turn the jean top wrong side out. If you want to use a fringe across the bottom baste it between the layers, then sew across the bottom. I line my purses by freehand drawing on my lining fabric leaving enough to turn over at the top. Next I sew the handles on, then the lining. You may have to do a little adjusting to make the lining lay smoothly, but it looks really nice. The last thing I do is make a scarf to go through the belt loops and tie in front. You could even use rope. I hope this has been of help to you.

I tried to upload a picture, but don't know how. I could email it to you if you like.

Judy in Alabama (02/15/2010)

By bjptl

Recycled Jeans Crafts

I made seat covers for several of our cars. Just sew together enough pieces to cover the top with about 4 - 6" plus hem for all the sides. Thread a piece of heavy string in the hem. Easier if you round the corners. Put the piece on the seat, tuck around sides and back, draw up string tight, tie in large bow, tuck in excess string. Later it will be possible to get string untied again more easily than if you had tied a knot. (02/20/2010)

By DeBushe

Recycled Jeans Crafts

Make grocery shopping bags. Use a paper bag for a pattern and add handles. Or use one of the reusable bags that the stores are all selling for about a dollar for a pattern. If you need a stiffener for the bottom, cut a piece from the side of a large bleach bottle. (02/20/2010)

By DeBushe

Recycled Jeans Crafts

One year I made vests for all the guys in my family. Cut strips about 2-3" wide and sew together end to end with light and dark contrasting. Sew strips together side by side so it looks like a brick wall then cut out the vest pattern from this "fabric." Cut a lightweight lining. Bind armholes and other edges. Or you could just sew the strips on to the lining then bind. You can also place the strips on the diagonal. I get jeans from the dumpster nearby or you can ask your friends for donations. (02/20/2010)

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April 11, 2010 Flag

Does anyone have any crafting ideas for old, holey jeans?

By Pattie

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Craft Uses for Old Jeans

There are lots of things you can made from old blue jeans. I recently made two blue jean potholders for my army son.
Use the "Ask" link at the top of the TF website then use the search box and you'll find pages of crafts you can make from of old jeans. (12/28/2009)

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Craft Uses for Old Jeans

Cut the jeans up into squares and make a quilt out of them. Very warm and durable blanket. (12/28/2009)

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December 27, 2009 Flag

Craft Uses for Old Jeans. I am looking for craft projects using old denim jeans. When jeans are past their prime and not suitable for wearing, you can recycle the fabric to use in craft projects.

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