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

Potholder square red and white candy cane fabric with frayed edges

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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.

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December 12, 2016 Flag

Denim Hats

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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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December 12, 2016 Flag

Fluffed and finished flower.

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

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October 28, 2016 Flag

Denim Scrubbers

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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.

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October 20, 2016 Flag

Blue denim crocheted purse.

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This is a guide about making a crocheted denim purse. Recycle denim material as strips to crochet a unique bag.

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January 17, 2013 Flag

Crocheted Blue Jeans Rug

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

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January 17, 2013 Flag

Blue Jeans Quilt Ideas

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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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February 20, 2012 Flag

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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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November 19, 2011 Flag

Jeans purse with ribbons and other decorations.

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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.

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September 27, 2012 Flag

Denim pocket attached to a notebook.

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

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April 17, 2012 Flag

Recycled Jeans Flower Pot

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

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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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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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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.

By MooseMom from Elk Grove, CA

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Love your idea! :-)

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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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February 16, 20130 found this helpful

Way to reuse! A little thinking and you have come up with some great ways to put these things to good use instead of sending them to the landfill. I salute you. Every little bit helps!

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September 29, 2006 Flag

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

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

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June 27, 2012 Flag

Jeans tennis racket cover.

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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.

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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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June 18, 2010 Flag

What can be made with old jeans?

By Jenn from Alberta

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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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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! :)

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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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.

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April 11, 2010 Flag

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

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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)

By MCW

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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