Jeans are a must-have in everyone’s wardrobe, and people have favorite pairs of jeans because they fit just right; so when that favorite pair wears out, rather than get rid of them, people have come up with some creative ways to keep those jeans in use. Below are 13 different do-it-yourself ideas for your worn-out jeans.
First up is a journal. Michelle from Life Made Creations gives the steps to making this journal from recycled papers, the pocket from a pair of jeans, a piece of scrap jeans, chipboard, embellishments and a binding machine. The pocket on the front makes a great pen holder!
This utility belt was made by cutting off the pockets and belt loops from a pair of jeans and reattaching them to a section of denim.
To create this “sunburst” style artwork, Belrossa shares the process. As each piece of fabric is only 1-inch wide, the artist does warn that the project is time consuming, but the end product is well worth the time.
The snack bag from Between the Lines was made from a leg of a pair of jean. The strap was fashioned from a leather belt that was coming apart and couldn’t be repaired.
Ohoh Blog gives instructions for the denim basket. For this project, you will need to cut your jeans into strips 1-inch wide and sew them end-to-end to create ribbons. According to the blog, you will need 20 ribbons to make this basket. Like the art, this project can also be time consuming.
Denim Place Mat
For the place mat, Today’s Nest gives the option of either sewing it or using no-sew fabric adhesive. The pocket for the napkin and silverware is from a pair of kid’s jeans, but the place mat itself is from a pair of adult jeans. Making the place mat a little bigger than a traditional mat is recommended since a pocket for silverware is included.
Picnics are great, but space is usually at a premium on the table. Putting pockets on the tablecloth keeps the utensils together and saves tabletop space. Cut the pockets out of the jeans, including where they are attached to the jeans, and sew them onto a cloth tablecloth.
Bethany, from A Fish Who Likes Flowers, used her old jeans to make a wreath. She cut the jeans into 6-by-2-inch strips, but she said she should have cut them longer. Once she had her strips, she tied them to her metal wreath form and added some embellishments.
The denim whale came about when a little brother wanted a whale just like his sister. His mom gives the process for making the whale on her site Valaan Villapaita. Since she doesn’t make patterns, she apologizes if the instructions are difficult to follow, but the results are worth the effort.
The mini buckets can be made with the legs of recycled jeans, needle and thread, and some embellishments. The Innova Crafts tutorial takes you through the process, but they appear to take very little effort to make.
For this little pouf, the pattern and instructions are included on Michelle’s site. The embroidered stitching is optional, but it adds a nice flair to the piece.
Wine Gift Bags
If you need a bag to give away a bottle of wine as a gift, jeans make a really cute bag with very little work. Kelly recommends using skinny jeans and cut the legs off at 15 inches. She seamed the raw edge with a 1-inch seam and turned the bag right-side out. Once the wine is in the bag, the bag can be tied off with ribbon and embellished with flowers or bows.
Jackie decided to repurpose her old jeans into craft aprons to keep her little ones clean since denim is so sturdy. She gives the pattern and the process for making the aprons on her website.
Finding ways to continue to use jeans that can no longer be worn is really great. Since jeans are really hardy, whatever is made will withstand the use and abuse it’s put through. These ideas don’t have to be limited to jeans, though; they can be done with any favorite pair of pants that can no longer be worn.