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Uses for Old Overalls


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February 8, 2011

Old OverallsI have found a great way to recycle the denim overalls my husband wears out, with no waste. Cut the top bib portion off around the waist area and triple stitch it shut using a heavy duty coat thread. Next, go up to where the bibs "clip" on. Triple stitch that down as well, and you now have secure handles. You have just created a washable shopping bag!

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For a clothespin holder, do the same as above, but don't stitch the straps down - you will need to unbuckle them to hang it on your clothes line.

Now, for the legs, cut them into squares, of either 4, 5, or 6 inches (depending on the size of the legs). Save your squares until you have enough to make a lap quilt, or even a bed quilt out of. It can be all denim, or alternate with another fabric, such as cotton or flannel. I made one several years ago and backed it with a brand new thrift store flannel sheet that I bought for 50 cents.

My husband usually wears out 3 pairs a year. I try to mend the rears and patch the knees, but after awhile it is just time to recycle them. The "softer" the legs, the softer your quilt will be. Children love to get a blanket or purse made from Grandpa or their favorite uncle's old overalls!

By mom-from-missouri from NW MO

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January 18, 2008

I have several pairs of my husbands old overalls. The legs are worn thin and ripped, but the top bib part is still good fabric. Any ideas what craft I could use these for? I had been saving them to replace the bib clips on a good pair that break, but I have a good supply of those now.

April from NW MO

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By Lisa from Lena, WI. (Guest Post)
January 19, 20080 found this helpful

Add a skirt and wear them yourself :)

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January 19, 20080 found this helpful

Hi there.
Just a thought. Try cutting the overalls just below the bib. Turn inside out and stitch across. Turn right way out and fill with pegs. Hang from the line by placing the straps over the line and clipping together.

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Goodluck :)

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March 1, 20140 found this helpful

If you still have the bibs from the overalls I would be interested it buying them.

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Anonymous
November 10, 20150 found this helpful

I have 3 or 4 pairs if u are still interested. I am looking for ideas on things I can make from them.

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Anonymous
April 15, 20160 found this helpful

add material to the bib and make an apron

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April 17, 20160 found this helpful

You can make aprons out of the top part. Cut jeans down side leaving the pockets on. Cut on the back off down to the crotch then cut from one side to the other and hem the sides then the bottom. Then take a piece of jean that is good then make a stripe to go around you head to cover the top.

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Then make a stripes to tie a round you. That way you have a bib apron to wear. I do not have a picture to show how it looks but good luck.

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Anonymous
April 20, 20160 found this helpful

Make denim purses or carry bags & use the bib part as the flap. Claudia from AZ

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January 7, 2019

My father-in-law passed away and he had a bunch of overalls and red bandanas. Do you have any ideas for using overalls and the bandanas to make a Christmas tree skirt?


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January 7, 20190 found this helpful

Check out this video. I think you could cut out his items into these shapes and sew them together nicely:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA-f2a3icIo

What a wonderful way to commemorate him. Good luck on your project.

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January 7, 20190 found this helpful

As long as you piece the fabric into a circular shape, you will be fine. Here is a tutorial. www.diynetwork.com/.../how-to-make-a-christmas-tree-skirt...

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November 5, 20200 found this helpful

Just off the top of my head, I'm thinking a full skirt for a pattern and lay it open and place one piece of clothing to cover over an area and snip with scissors to match the skirt allowing enough to sew another piece of measured clothing to it. Face down over the other face up and pin in place and trim with scissors and use glue gun or sew together raw edges. Open all the way and add another piece of clothing face down to the face up cut clothing.

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Continue until enough clothing is used to create the same measurements as the full skirt. Add some trim work to raw edges with glue gun or hem the edge and decorate. Leave last piece of cut raw edge fabric open, so it's easily removed from around the tree base. Just add sticky back velcro to close it up.

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January 6, 2017

This is a page about making two aprons from jean overalls. One pair of jeans overalls provides what you need to make two different aprons.

Jean Apron 2

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