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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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 20, 2006 Flag
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You can use recycled jeans to make a fabulous quilt! The entire background of this Eagle Quilt was made from recycled blue jeans. Bleach, acrylic paints, and different colored jeans make up the landscape and the whole thing was quilted by free motion.

By Busybee1952 from White Cloud, MI

Quilt made from recycled jeans.

May 20, 20080 found this helpful

I'm looking for something unique to make for someone who enjoys eagles. The quilt is perfectly stunning and used of recycled material to boot! Any chance you would consider please sharing the pattern? Thanks so much.

V Walters

v swalters 1 (at) A O L (dot) com

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November 17, 2009 Flag
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Mat sewn from denim jean scraps and colorful scraps of cotton.



  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

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 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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June 27, 2011 Flag
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If you have small pieces of scrap denim, you can construct a simple hat for children in no time at all! This pattern shape can also be modified to create a skull cap!


  1. Cut six pieces in denim and six in contrast fabric for each hat desired. Join the pieces two by two, then connect the six pieces together. You hat will be reversible.
  2. Pin the sewn contrast fabric lining inside the sewn denim hat, making sure the right side of the fabric lining is facing you looking inside the hat.
  3. After pinning the lining inside the denim, sew in place. Pin double width bias tape to cover raw edges.
  4. Sew in place.
    You're finished!

These simple hats take very little time to complete. Embellish as desired. Small buttons or lace can be used to embellish if you wish. Don't forget to 'press and sew' as you go! Things look nicer if you remember to press as you go along.

By Monica from Cortez, CO

January 17, 20130 found this helpful

Can you give aprox. dimensions of hat sections and what size it would be for? I've made these before for myself, but not for children. Thanks! Love the use of scrap fabric!

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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.

Denim Door Mat

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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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February 11, 2012 Flag
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Here is an easy and fun way to use old and worn out jeans.

Fluffed and finished flower.

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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.


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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.

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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