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Recycle Your Old Blue Jeans

Updated on March 16, 2012

Recycle your Old Blue Jeans.

I wouldn't consider myself a hoarder at all, in fact, I dislike clutter and un-organization. When things begin to get tight, I donate items that I don't need and are in usable condition, and I re purpose others. There is really only one item category that I can't seem to let go of though; fabric. Old denim jeans in particular are extremely hard for me to part with. I believe it is my love for blue jeans and my incessant inventive drive. I figure some day I will carefully take them down from atop the cases of fabric that I have for my Lamp Shade business (Shadez of Michelle), and create something wonderful. While we are waiting for me to do just that, here are many ways in which you can re purpose your beloved old blue jean fabric.

Many of the items pictured have tutorials. Some are for sale by the creator. Copy and paste the URL shown under each picture in the galleries to the address bar to visit the artist's site or corresponding tutorial.

BE SURE TO VISIT MY PINTEREST BOARD ON THINGS TO MAKE WITH BLUE JEAN MATERIAL. The pictues all link directly to the original creator.

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Refer to the galleries for a web link to each photo.

Refer to the galleries for a web link to each photo.

Refer to the galleries for a web link to each photo.

Things you can make out of recycled blue jean material Gallery #1 - Many of the items pictured have tutorials. Some are for sale by the creator. Copy and paste

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http://www.kaboodle.com/store/daisydenims.comhttp://secondhand4less.ecrater.com/p/13050478/handmade-hancrafted-seed-bead-denimhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/67829623/fancy-denim-lacely-eye-maskhttp://poetesswug-thewugsbackyardblogspot.blogspot.com/2011/11/rain-rest-and-recycled-yarn.htmlhttp://craftsbyamanda.com/2010/05/denim-fabric-flowers-denim-fabric.htmlhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/67482337/blue-jean-denim-and-lace-cuff-bracelethttp://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/sooboo/2877392/blue_jean_denim_fabric_wreath/handmade/housewares/home_decor/wreathhttp://www.ecouterre.com/7-unexpected-ways-to-recycle-old-denim-jeans/noyes-recycled-denim-stools/http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/denim-drawstring-rag-tote-bag-purse-patchwork-catshttp://ekospot.net/2010/11/02/miranda-chance-recycled-jeans-bags/
http://www.kaboodle.com/store/daisydenims.com
http://www.kaboodle.com/store/daisydenims.com
http://secondhand4less.ecrater.com/p/13050478/handmade-hancrafted-seed-bead-denim
http://secondhand4less.ecrater.com/p/13050478/handmade-hancrafted-seed-bead-denim
http://www.etsy.com/listing/67829623/fancy-denim-lacely-eye-mask
http://www.etsy.com/listing/67829623/fancy-denim-lacely-eye-mask
http://poetesswug-thewugsbackyardblogspot.blogspot.com/2011/11/rain-rest-and-recycled-yarn.html
http://poetesswug-thewugsbackyardblogspot.blogspot.com/2011/11/rain-rest-and-recycled-yarn.html
http://craftsbyamanda.com/2010/05/denim-fabric-flowers-denim-fabric.html
http://craftsbyamanda.com/2010/05/denim-fabric-flowers-denim-fabric.html
http://www.etsy.com/listing/67482337/blue-jean-denim-and-lace-cuff-bracelet
http://www.etsy.com/listing/67482337/blue-jean-denim-and-lace-cuff-bracelet
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/sooboo/2877392/blue_jean_denim_fabric_wreath/handmade/housewares/home_decor/wreath
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/sooboo/2877392/blue_jean_denim_fabric_wreath/handmade/housewares/home_decor/wreath
http://www.ecouterre.com/7-unexpected-ways-to-recycle-old-denim-jeans/noyes-recycled-denim-stools/
http://www.ecouterre.com/7-unexpected-ways-to-recycle-old-denim-jeans/noyes-recycled-denim-stools/
http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/denim-drawstring-rag-tote-bag-purse-patchwork-cats
http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/denim-drawstring-rag-tote-bag-purse-patchwork-cats
http://ekospot.net/2010/11/02/miranda-chance-recycled-jeans-bags/
http://ekospot.net/2010/11/02/miranda-chance-recycled-jeans-bags/

Things you can make out of recycled blue jean material Gallery #2 - Many of the items pictured have tutorials. Some are for sale by the creator. Copy and paste

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http://mysticwynd.blogspot.com/2011/04/forever-in-blue-jeans.htmlhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/indigo_dream/sets/72157626629443564/detail/http://missparty.net/2011/06/01/denim-blue-jeans-inspiration-part-2-take-a-beloved-classic-and-give-it-a-twist/http://peggyoberlininteriors.com/blog/2011/07/12/old-jeans-never-die-they-recycle-into-your-home/http://www.etsy.com/listing/69001857/recycled-blue-jeans-guitar-straphttp://www.flickr.com/photos/indigo_dream/5637954268/http://www.fancypocket.sg/blue-jeans-cool-cap.htmlhttp://jvwhome.blogspot.com/2011/07/liberty-love-mix.htmlhttp://www.myrecycledbags.com/2010/06/05/recycled-denim-oven-mitt/http://www.dipity.com/tickr/Flickr_blue_jeans/
http://mysticwynd.blogspot.com/2011/04/forever-in-blue-jeans.html
http://mysticwynd.blogspot.com/2011/04/forever-in-blue-jeans.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/indigo_dream/sets/72157626629443564/detail/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/indigo_dream/sets/72157626629443564/detail/
http://missparty.net/2011/06/01/denim-blue-jeans-inspiration-part-2-take-a-beloved-classic-and-give-it-a-twist/
http://missparty.net/2011/06/01/denim-blue-jeans-inspiration-part-2-take-a-beloved-classic-and-give-it-a-twist/
http://peggyoberlininteriors.com/blog/2011/07/12/old-jeans-never-die-they-recycle-into-your-home/
http://peggyoberlininteriors.com/blog/2011/07/12/old-jeans-never-die-they-recycle-into-your-home/
http://www.etsy.com/listing/69001857/recycled-blue-jeans-guitar-strap
http://www.etsy.com/listing/69001857/recycled-blue-jeans-guitar-strap
http://www.flickr.com/photos/indigo_dream/5637954268/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/indigo_dream/5637954268/
http://www.fancypocket.sg/blue-jeans-cool-cap.html
http://www.fancypocket.sg/blue-jeans-cool-cap.html
http://jvwhome.blogspot.com/2011/07/liberty-love-mix.html
http://jvwhome.blogspot.com/2011/07/liberty-love-mix.html
http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2010/06/05/recycled-denim-oven-mitt/
http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2010/06/05/recycled-denim-oven-mitt/
http://www.dipity.com/tickr/Flickr_blue_jeans/
http://www.dipity.com/tickr/Flickr_blue_jeans/

Things you can make out of recycled blue jean material Gallery #3 - Many of the items pictured have tutorials. Some are for sale by the creator. Copy and paste

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http://www.beadinggem.com/2011/10/recycled-denim-jeans-bracelet-tutorials.htmlhttp://www.ecouterre.com/recycleddenimchallenge/blue-jean-corset/http://www.brooklynartproject.com/photo/recycled-blue-jean-rag-rug?context=userhttp://quiltlifedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/05/blue-jeans-quilt.htmlhttp://www.denimdesignsjewelry.com/store/index.phphttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsginther/4898902238/http://www.instructables.com/id/Cool-amp-Comfy-Recycled-Blue-Jean-Car-Cushion/http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/denimlover56/1030326/recycled_blue_jean_denim_flip_flop_sandal_womens_size_8___the_amy/handmade/clothing/shoes/flip_flopshttp://www.etsy.com/listing/76290901/bracelet-cuff-pearl-statement-piece-ooak
http://www.beadinggem.com/2011/10/recycled-denim-jeans-bracelet-tutorials.html
http://www.beadinggem.com/2011/10/recycled-denim-jeans-bracelet-tutorials.html
http://www.ecouterre.com/recycleddenimchallenge/blue-jean-corset/
http://www.ecouterre.com/recycleddenimchallenge/blue-jean-corset/
http://www.brooklynartproject.com/photo/recycled-blue-jean-rag-rug?context=user
http://www.brooklynartproject.com/photo/recycled-blue-jean-rag-rug?context=user
http://quiltlifedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/05/blue-jeans-quilt.html
http://quiltlifedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/05/blue-jeans-quilt.html
http://www.denimdesignsjewelry.com/store/index.php
http://www.denimdesignsjewelry.com/store/index.php
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsginther/4898902238/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsginther/4898902238/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Cool-amp-Comfy-Recycled-Blue-Jean-Car-Cushion/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Cool-amp-Comfy-Recycled-Blue-Jean-Car-Cushion/
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/denimlover56/1030326/recycled_blue_jean_denim_flip_flop_sandal_womens_size_8___the_amy/handmade/clothing/shoes/flip_flops
http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/denimlover56/1030326/recycled_blue_jean_denim_flip_flop_sandal_womens_size_8___the_amy/handmade/clothing/shoes/flip_flops
http://www.etsy.com/listing/76290901/bracelet-cuff-pearl-statement-piece-ooak
http://www.etsy.com/listing/76290901/bracelet-cuff-pearl-statement-piece-ooak

Things you can make out of recycled blue jean material Gallery #4 - Many of the items pictured have tutorials. Some are for sale by the creator. Copy and paste

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http://www.etsy.com/listing/91923170/denim-chains-cuffhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/88856281/ralph-the-bunny-handmade-up-cycledhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/91545667/quilt-pattern-denim-circle-rag-quilthttp://www.etsy.com/listing/64347978/re-tread-decorated-girls-jean-jackethttp://www.etsy.com/listing/92563395/laced-denim-cuffhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/88523812/blue-jean-paper-bead-set-2-stretchhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/76476294/womans-hat-upcycled-denim-cap-ecohttp://www.etsy.com/listing/75014616/bib-necklace-pearls-statement-piece-ofhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/85823884/earrings-hand-beaded-recycled-denimhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/92008464/earring-heart-shaped-recycled-denim-hand
http://www.etsy.com/listing/91923170/denim-chains-cuff
http://www.etsy.com/listing/91923170/denim-chains-cuff
http://www.etsy.com/listing/88856281/ralph-the-bunny-handmade-up-cycled
http://www.etsy.com/listing/88856281/ralph-the-bunny-handmade-up-cycled
http://www.etsy.com/listing/91545667/quilt-pattern-denim-circle-rag-quilt
http://www.etsy.com/listing/91545667/quilt-pattern-denim-circle-rag-quilt
http://www.etsy.com/listing/64347978/re-tread-decorated-girls-jean-jacket
http://www.etsy.com/listing/64347978/re-tread-decorated-girls-jean-jacket
http://www.etsy.com/listing/92563395/laced-denim-cuff
http://www.etsy.com/listing/92563395/laced-denim-cuff
http://www.etsy.com/listing/88523812/blue-jean-paper-bead-set-2-stretch
http://www.etsy.com/listing/88523812/blue-jean-paper-bead-set-2-stretch
http://www.etsy.com/listing/76476294/womans-hat-upcycled-denim-cap-eco
http://www.etsy.com/listing/76476294/womans-hat-upcycled-denim-cap-eco
http://www.etsy.com/listing/75014616/bib-necklace-pearls-statement-piece-of
http://www.etsy.com/listing/75014616/bib-necklace-pearls-statement-piece-of
http://www.etsy.com/listing/85823884/earrings-hand-beaded-recycled-denim
http://www.etsy.com/listing/85823884/earrings-hand-beaded-recycled-denim
http://www.etsy.com/listing/92008464/earring-heart-shaped-recycled-denim-hand
http://www.etsy.com/listing/92008464/earring-heart-shaped-recycled-denim-hand

Things you can create using recyeled blue jean material

It seems as if you could create almost any thing with just a little ingenuity.

  1. Coasters
  2. Quilt
  3. Flag
  4. Fabric flowers
  5. Hat
  6. Bracelet
  7. Book cover
  8. Chair cover
  9. Appliance cover
  10. Bathroom accessories
  11. Hand bag
  12. Wallet
  13. Stuffed animal
  14. Paper (hand made)
  15. Beaded pendant
  16. Beaded pendant
  17. Shopping or recycle bag
  18. Door or window draft stopper
  19. Cup cozy
  20. Fabric beads
  21. Wrist cuff
  22. Earrings
  23. Jacket
  24. Vest
  25. Seat cushions
  26. Flip flops
  27. Ring
  28. Sun visor
  29. Accent pillow
  30. Throw rug
  31. Pet bed
  32. Wreath
  33. Guitar strap
  34. Oven mitt
  35. Ottoman
  36. Sleep mask
  37. Children's clothing
  38. Sneakers
  39. Book bag
  40. Hanging organizer
  41. Place mats
  42. Purse organizer
  43. Tissue box cover
  44. Pot holders

Crafting books and patterns on Amazon - Links are with photos below.

Crafting books and patterns on Amazon

Amazon Search Clothing Recycling Books - Links are with pictures below or enter a search in the box for more books.

Amazon Search Clothing Recycling Books

These books show wonderful projects you can create by recycling your old clothing.

Amazon Search Craft Patterns - Links are with pictures below or enter a search in the box for more books.

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Amazon Search Craft Supplies - Enter your search for any Craft Supplies needed for your project.

Amazon Search Blue Jean - Enter your search here for anything Blue Jean on Amazon.

I am only just getting started with adding pictures, videos and links, so please check back often.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Love all these super ideas using jeans! Great job on this article and kudos on making the upcycled monsterboard!

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      Pugcentric 5 years ago

      inspirational lens with so many great resources! thanks for putting all this together!