Old jeans are sooo versatile, and the fabric is so resilient, not to mention all those great pockets…!
So here goes, a round up of (more than) ten great ways to re-use jeans:
- I saw these at the Great Home Hack at the weekend, and the lovely Ellen from Sprigasaurus told there was atutorial on their blog. I love the fact that you can use the pockets to keep your remotes under control!
- This cushion from HubPages is a slightly different shape but still makes use of the pocket:
- I love the way that this cushion from Ashbee Designs takes advantage of the frayed adges that you get with denim
- There’s a tutorial here from Buzzing and Bumbling for this bag:
- This stripy tote from Christy Chase looks lovely and roomy!
- This one from Love to Sew Studio uses the whole of the top of the jeans:
3. Skirts and Dresses
- Short Skirts like this one from Aillidh Daisy:
- Long skirts like this one from Pinterest:
- Or a dress, like this one from Lilebebek:
- Rag Rugs like this one from All Free Crafts:
- And crocheted rugs using ‘denim yarn’, as shown here on Just Stringing Along (there’s a tutorial on how to make denim yarn too!):
- This quilt from Sew in Peace looks fab:
- I LOVE these kid’s aprons from Happy Hooligans!
- And the binding around these ‘grown-up’ versions from A Girl With a Glue Gun are fab:
8. Using the Pockets
- Pocket bunting! From Hostess with the Mostess:
- Phone charger holder, as seen on Pinterest-what a great idea!
- Pocket bulletin board-I want one of these! (From Pinterest)
- Fridge magnets! From Zibbet
9. Storage boxes and bags
- Any gardner would love this great storage caddy bucket, found on Instructables:
- Upcycled Jeans Toy Storage from Handmade by Meg K
- Jeans box/bag things! By Betz White on Make:
10. Random things!
- These notebook covers from Life Made Creations are fab, especially with the handy pocket on the front!
- Denim Oven Mitt from My Recycled Bags:
- Coasters-this is a great way of using the strips of hem from the bottoms. From My Recycled Bags:
And if you’re wondering about the most efficient way to ‘deconstruct’ your jeans, then check out this post from Instructables:
Phew! That’s actually a whole TWENTY SEVEN ideas!
If you need any more (could you possibly need anymore?!) ideas, I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to all things Jeans!
Do share your favourite jean upcycles-leave a comment, or post your project on Facebook, or Twitter!