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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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January 29, 2009

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.
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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.

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

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

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By 9 found this helpful
January 11, 2011

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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September 14, 20052 found this helpful

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

Cut every good part you can into the same size squares. Anything from 3 to 4 inch squares. Sew all these together in strips and then sew the strips together. Once you have the desired size for a throw or bed cover. Teens love these. To make it all tattered on the edges wash and dry many times!

By PatriciaL

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By 4 found this helpful
February 12, 2013

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.

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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

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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June 27, 2012

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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February 20, 20122 found this helpful

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 17, 20131 found this helpful

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

Blue Jeans Quilt Ideas

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January 17, 20131 found this helpful

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

Crocheted Blue Jeans Rug

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November 19, 20110 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
August 18, 2009

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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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

Using lightweight denim scraps, lace, and a doily you too can make this toilet seat and tank cover set. This is a guide about how to make denim toilet seat and tank covers.

Denim Toilet Seat and Tank Covers - Toilet seat cover made from denim.

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December 19, 20160 found this helpful

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, 20160 found this helpful

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

Denim Hats

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

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, 20160 found this helpful

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, 20160 found this helpful

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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September 27, 20120 found this helpful

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, 20120 found this helpful

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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June 18, 2010

What can be made with old jeans?

By Jenn from Alberta

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July 1, 20100 found this helpful

Youth purse bag; patches for quilting; and scrap-book material.

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October 1, 20040 found this helpful

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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November 14, 20071 found this helpful

You can make non-sew pot holders.

Use any kind of glue (washable glue if you are going to wash them) and glue 2 squares of any size together. You can cut some cotton batting a little smaller than the jean squares and glue in the middle of the 2 jean squares. OR: glue the jean squares inside out (on only 3 sides), let dry, turn right side out and glue the open end! Hope this helps!

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April 11, 2010

What can I do with denim scraps?

By Tina from Paola, KS

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September 17, 20160 found this helpful

I sew them together in a row and then make a strap or tie for an apron out of it. Or make posies.

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November 14, 2010

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

By sewin granny from NE

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April 14, 20160 found this helpful

Be sure to stay stitch around the top of the fringe.

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May 15, 2012

What can be made with old jeans?

By Dorothy from Durban, KZN

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May 17, 20120 found this helpful

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, 20100 found this helpful

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, 20100 found this helpful

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)

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)

By olive3322

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December 27, 20090 found this helpful

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I am looking for craft projects using old denim jeans.

Randi from Vacaville, CA

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New Uses For Old Denim

Re: Purse made out of denim, add pockets.

To make pockets inside the denim purse, instead of using the denim shorts, use jeans with legs. When you turn the jeans inside out to do the bottom stitch, don't cut the legs off the jeans. Just pin up a leg, the left leg and right leg will be on opposite sides of the inside walls of the purse. These form the two pockets, one on each side (inside).

Cut the legs off a little taller than the top of your purse, because you will want to create a seam with this little extra denim so that the top of the "pocket" doesn't unravel. Just don't make the seam so high that it jams up a zipper. That is, if you want a zipper instead of a Velcro closure. Then you just press the legs flat and stitch up the left and right vertical sides of the legs to secure the "pocket" to the purse wall.

If you want a baggy pocket, kinda pooch and straight pin the leg pocket to the purse side and stitch up the left and right sides of the leg. This way you have pockets to hold bulky items like a cellphone or overstuffed coupon holder or checkbook with IDs/credit cards or big sunglasses, which would otherwise get squished by a skinny, flat pocket.

You will find that each jean leg forms two compartments after the left and right stitches are made. Now you have a total of four pockets in your denim bag, two on each side. If you want narrower pockets, just stitch vertically somewhere in between the left and right stitches to get more pockets (like for those narrow reading glasses, pens and pencils, lipstick or mascara, nail file, extra house keys, a penlight, a hand fan, a comb or narrow hairbrush, pocketknife, etc. You could even save a longer piece than what you saved for the top seam of the pocket and make a little snap closure or two to offer further protection of purse items. Be creative. Now, back to the beach. (08/16/2005)

By Gidget

Craft Uses for Old Jeans

My next door neighbor makes rugs by cutting or ripping the jeans and other fabrics into long strips, sewing the end of the strips to make them longer and braiding them. She makes braided oval rugs, circular ones, placemats, chair pads and pads to put your hot pots on. (09/17/2006)

By Flowergirl51

Craft Uses for Old Jeans

I have seen a short skirt made from jean pants, it was really cute, too. I also have saved denim for quilts. The handiest thing I've seen was when one head nurse of mine sewed together jean pockets with some edging denim and made "mail" slots for the staff. Nowthat is neat and it took only wall room, it hung up. (09/22/2006)

By 2oma

Craft Uses for Old Jeans

You can cut out the pockets and make a new hunting vest. (12/06/2007)

By Alan

Craft Uses for Old Jeans

I love to create junk jewelery from remnants of jeans like fly buttons, zippers, belt loops, and the leather patch behind. This is one of my favourite pendant. (12/19/2007)

By katekhwa

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Craft Uses for Old Jeans

My mother-in-law cuts up old jeans and makes quilts.
The pockets on the jeans are an added bonus. To personalize the quilt, she cuts letters out of the jeans to spell out the name of the recipient, then stitches the name onto the finished quilt top.
Jeans make nice purses; add bead work, or embellish as desired.

Also, you might want to tear the jeans into strips and crochet them into rugs. (12/19/2007)

By Dibbs

Craft Uses for Old Jeans

At one time I had a small purse from old jeans of my son's. I used a chain for the handle. I used pockets off of several pairs on the inside and outside to separate things.
I have also made a purse from placemats and used the jean pockets on the inside. I am not quite sure how I did it now as it has been awhile. I am thinking I need to get the jeans my cousins are growing out of and do it again. (07/27/2008)

By SunshineRose

Craft Uses for Old Jeans

I never made one of these, but I remember reading about it, thinking what a great idea it was. Use the good part of the leg fabric from jeans to make strip blocks, whatever shape you need, whether square, rectangle, but every so often, make sure to use a piece that has the back pocket left on. Piece the pieces together to make a picnic table tablecloth. The back pockets work to hold the silverware and napkins, keeps them from blowing off, and the weight of the tablecloth helps it stay on the table. I thought it was a great idea. Good luck.

Pam (09/15/2008)

By bzladi

Craft Uses for Old Jeans

I found some cool ideas too. If you take the worn-out knees off and patch the knees, you can use the threads of the worn-out part to make a funky fringe. I did it on my cousin's favorite cloth belt and she fell in love with it. I also took the seams, which are really sturdy, and made them into a bracelet that tied off with a small bit of blue embroidery thread. It hasn't broken and I've had it for ten years now.

If you don't want to look like you're carrying around a butt, no offense, you can take about ten inches off of the end of each leg and split it on one side. Then sew together both legs on one side and then the other. Remember to firmly sew the bottom so that nothing falls out. If you want the purse to be made out of denim and nothing else, use the jeans' waistband to make the handle. It works nicely and it's a bit lighter. You can sew on pockets in whatever way you like. There's a lot of really creative ideas on this page alone. (11/17/2008)

By Vera

Craft Uses for Old Jeans

I've used them to make a toilet top cover, window valance, toilet paper holder, bathroom rug, and decorated even the towel all for my bathroom set. (12/28/2008)

By Crimilda

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Craft Uses for Old Jeans

Here's a great idea: Blue Jean Quilt

Cut the jean material into squares all the same size, fray the edges sew them together below the fray line. Make it as big as you want. What a great funky look. (01/24/2009)

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