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53 Incredible Old Jeans Craft Ideas

Updated on October 20, 2016
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denim crafts old jeans crafts ideas
denim crafts old jeans crafts ideas

Stop! For heaven's sakes, don't throw those old jeans away. I've spent the last couple of days searching to find as many craft projects using jeans, that also included instructions or patterns for making the projects, and I found some great ones. These denim jeans crafts are awesome and easily made.

Crafts using jeans include aprons, purses, flowers and pom-poms and many more denim crafts. In this article you'll find pictures of the jeans crafts, plus directions on how to make them.

To make the beautiful apron shown above, go to Mommy Knows for the instructions.

1. Jean Seams Basket

Probably the last part of the jeans that you'd use would be the seams, and this is a beautiful way to use them. When you go to the eHow site you'll see how easy it is to make this outstanding denim bowl.

2. Denim Candy Wrappers

These very attractive candy wrappers are so appropriate for favors for a birthday party, or for any other occasion. Find the tutorial for making these denim candy wrappers at Just Destiny. A really fun and unique way to present party favors.

3. Kids Chair Covers

I love these little chair covers. They are not only useful, but also washable, which is an important criteria when making something for the kids. You'll find the instructions for making the chair covers at Paging Fun Mums. These would be so cute for a classroom.

4. Denim Wine Bags

If you want to have a unique way to gift a bottle of wine, check this project out. This would be a perfect gift for a housewarming or any holiday home gift. CATHIE FILIAN is the place to go for the tutorial to make these denim wine bags.

5. Silhouette Art

I can't think of anyone who wouldn't appreciate this silhouette art. It is an outstanding idea for a baby's room, a teenagers room or for any age between. The easy to follow instructions can be found at LITTLE BLUE BOO.

6. Denim Shirt Pillow

You can use your denim shirt to cover a pillow without cutting it. Then if you decide to wear the shirt again, just remove the pins and press. You'll find the tutorial for making this shirt pillow at The Country Farm Home. A very attractive decorator pillow idea.

7. Shabby Chic Apron

I'd say this look is definitely more chic than shabby. A pretty and useful way to use worn out or too small jeans. You'll find the tutorial for making this shabby chic apron at The Country Farm Home.

8. Snack Bag

No matter where you go and carry snacks with you, this fashionable denim snack bag makes an attractive carrier. Instructions to make this very impressive snack bag is found at Between the lines.

9. Creative Denim Placemat

Use denim placemats with your country theme décor, or use them for picnic or patio parties. You'll find the tutorial for making these creative denim placemats at TODAY'S NEST. So beautiful and so useful.

10. Handbag

You'll get lots more use out of those old jeans when you make an attractive handbag like the one shown above. Easy enough to make, and a very nice purse to accessorize your casual look. Find the tutorial at All Day Chic.

11. Lunch Bags

I really love it when a recycled item is made into something not only useful, but also attractive. That can easily be said about this denim lunch bag. You'll find the tutorial at the EVERYDAY DISHES site. This would be a great craft show item for selling.

12. Gingerbread Ornaments

You can make these super cute gingerbread man ornaments by following the tutorial given at CraftElf.

13. Farm Girl Apron

The cute calico ruffle really dresses this apron up. You can make an apron, like this one using an old pair of jeans, by following the tutorial at Creative GREEN Living. This would be a nice gift idea.

14. Christmas Stockings

This project from embroidery Library Pojects includes a stocking pattern. Imagine making a variety of stockings using buttons, beads, lace, calico prints, burlap, etc.

15. Make a Garden Apron

16. Beaded Ring

This would be one of a few great activities for a group of girls at a scout meeting or slumber party. Not too difficult and almost immediate results. CRAFTS BY Amanda is where to find the instructions.

17. No-Sew Fringed Purse

Very cute and easy to make denim purse. Find the directions to make this cute purse at desert willow lane.

18. Denim Scarf

A perfect accessory to jeans and a tee. THINK CRAFTS has the crocheting instructions for making this scarf. I wonder if a person could use the same instructions to make a denim rag rug.

19. Scrappy Denim Bracelets

Be the first of your group of friends to make and wear these denim bracelets. Very nice!! Go to Dragonflys and Stars for the directions.

20. Stylish Denim Slippers

How stylish is this? What a great idea for those worn out jeans. Go to theguardian for the instructions for this project.

21. Denim Bins


You'll be able to think of plenty of uses for these eye catching containers. You'll find the instructions at Up Craft.

22. Bean Bag Toss Game

This is exactly the type of outdoor game I was looking for to give to the camping kids. Check this great game out at CHICA AND JO

23. Denim Winebag

Make a winebag like this to give as a wedding shower gift. Something the new couple will find both useful and fun. The directions for the winebag are at Design Sponge.

24. Denim Raggedy Bear

Use whatever bear pattern you want, easy or more advanced, and make a raggedy bear. You'll get the directions by going to Info Barrel.

25. Bulletin Board and Pencil Cube

This would be a great gift to make for a high school graduate to take along to college. So pretty and useful. The instructions for these projects are found at Crafts 'n Coffee.

26. Denim Organizer

Organize your sewing or craft supplies and have them close at hand. You'll be able to think of many more uses for this nice organizer. The directions are found at

27. Denim Tree Ornaments

I really love the looks of these denim trees. Imagine your Christmas tree filled with these shabby chic style ornaments. Find the instructions for making them at One Crafty Mumma!

28. Denim Apron

Make a nice no nonsense apron to wear cleaning or grilling. Simple and practical. Find the directions at My Byrd House.

29. Teen Jean Purse

This is one of the cutest denim purses for teens that I've seen. Make this great project by going to girl mogul for the instructions.

30. Denim Coasters

The only thing left of the jeans is the hems? Use them to make these coaster. You'll find the directions at Craftster.

31. Denim Wreath

Making a wreath from old denim jeans is remarkably simple. Go to the A Fish Who Likes Flowers and follow the instructions there to make this rags to wreath project.

32. Rag Quilt

I love the looks of this quilt and I think it would make a great gift for a graduate or newly wed. Learn how it is made by going to this crazy, blessed life.

33. Denim Organizer for Small Items

This is a great use for not only the denim, but also for an oatmeal box. This really useful storage idea has instructions at the ART IDEAS CRAFTS site.

34. Denim Jeans Binder Cover

Make a ho-hum school necessity into something you can be proud to tote around. Go to Better Homes and Gardens and see how it is made.

35. Pocket Magnets

Easy and practical magnets that will keep your note paper and pencils right where you can find them. AllFreeCrafts has the instructions for how to make them.

36. Country Pumpkin

Make this attractive denim country pumpkin by following the tutorial given at favecrafts. This is one of the crafts that I think make a nice piece of décor any time of the year, especially if displayed in the kitchen.

37. Denim Rag Rug

This is a great way to recycle old denim jeans or shirts. It would be a nice gift for a teenager or college student. Go to for the instructions.

38. Rosette Headband

It never fails to amaze me, what dedicated crafters can come up with in the way of new uses for recyclables. This rosette headband is no exception, as it is using old denim jeans into a beautiful wearable. Find the instructions for this rosette headband at Creations by Kara.

39. Denim Pom Poms

You'll find many uses for these darling pom poms. Easy to follow directions are found at The Real Thing Coake Family.

40. Kids Aprons

You'll be able to get two aprons made using just one pair of jeans. Find the instructions for making this kids apron aat Happy Hooligans. I think this would be an outstanding items to sell at craft shows.

41. Halloween Mask

Imagine all the ways you could decorate this denim mask to make it one-of-a-kind. For the mask pattern and tutorial, go to the Make: site. Imagine using fabric paints with the jewels and lace.

42. Flowers by Amanda

Amanda always shows us cute items to make and these flowers are no exception. Check these beauties out at crafts by Amanda.

43. Denim Corsage

Make this beautiful corsage following the directions given at Tea Rose Home.

44. Make a Denim Backpack

45. Jeans Baskets

PYSSELBOLAGET gives instructions on how to make these useful baskets using the legs of jeans.

46. Denim Cutlery Pouch

If you like to set an attractive table to serve a lunch on the patio, I can't imagine a nicer touch than this cutlery pouch. You can find out how to make this pouch by visiting the site.

47. Pom Pom Bib Necklace

This would be so cute worn with a tee shirt and jeans. I really love this look. Go to Little Miss momma and see how she made this beauty.

48. Reusable Lunch Set

Are you tired of buying of hunting for sacks to send lunches in? This is just worn looking enough that the kids will be happy to carry it to school. You'll find out how to make this project at make and takes.

49. Denim Flower Necklace

The instructions for making this denim flower necklace can be found at Tea Rose Home. Who would have thought that denim could be made into such an attractive accessory.

50. Gadget Protector

A cool place to carry and protect your electronic gadgets. Go to instructables for directions on how to make it.

51. Denim Camera Bag

Cameras are expensive and need to be carefully cared for. Make your camera safer by making a camera bag like this to protect it. The directions for making this bag can be found at Evil Mad Scientist.

52. Bucket Caddy

This is another of my favorite jeans projects. Covering a plastic bucket, how ingenious. So many ways to use this and to think if it gets dirty it's easy to clean. For the directions, go to diy Inspiration.

53. Make Fashion Shorts

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      Lynsey Harte 3 months ago from Glasgow

      I've had to pin this so that I can come back to it later. I keep loads of old jeans that my thighs have ate through, as I knew they could come in handy. I didn't know there were so many cute things I could make with them! I can't wait to do try these

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      Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      The bracelets really are attractive. Who would have guessed that so many nice items could be made using worn out jeans. Crafters are amazing.

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      Al villi 2 years ago

      Love the tiny flower bracelet

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      Besthappyauthor 2 years ago

      I've never seen so many denim ideas. I love how it can also be used as a bib.

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      KyraB 2 years ago

      I love the denim wreath! I think that I might be trying that one... :)

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      tcaldy 3 years ago

      A few that I haven't seen before. Love the bear!

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      These are such great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      Wow . Some excellent ideas. Just showed it to my wife & she's going to make use of some old jeans. Cheers . Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      Carol Brooks 3 years ago from Florida

      There are some ingenious ideas in this lens. Bravo!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I have so many pair of jeans that are waiting to become a craft. I started saving them when I was making blue jean purses. These other jean crafts here would be great to make also. So glad I found your page.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I love blue jean crats, but you found some ideas I've never thought of.

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      belinhafernandes 3 years ago

      I loved your suggestions! I would like to make myself a pair of slippers!

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      Aquablocks 4 years ago

      This is one of the most innovative ideas i have seen in 2012. keep it up.

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