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Creative DIY Uses for Old Blue Jeans | Recycle Bluejeans

Updated on January 8, 2013

By Natasha Hoover

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Ways to Upcycle/Recycle Jeans

If you want to make something a little more creative than a denim purse out of your old pair of bluejeans, why not try creating a couple of magnetic fridge pockets? They are quick and easy to make, and leave you with plenty of fabric for another project, too.

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Materials Needed for a Recycled Jean Project

To make the magnetic fridge pockets, you need sharp scissors, magnets and glue. I used a combination of white glue and super glue. You could also use hot glue, but I don't personally like how thick it is and how it can peel off. You can use whatever magnets you like, but I found a piece of sheet magnet exactly the right size for both pockets. I also used some ribbon, which was shopping bag handles in a previous life, beads, thread and a needle.

Cut off Jean Pockets

First, carefully cut the pockets from the body of the jeans. Cut as close to the end of the pocket as you can without accidentally cutting into the pocket. It may seem obvious, but make sure you leave the back on the pocket or it won't be a pocket!

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Magnetize your Jean Pockets

The following steps are only applicable if are using a sheet magnet. If you are using smaller magnets, just skip ahead.

  • Trace the pockets on to the magnet sheet and cut the pocket shapes out.
  • Spread glue on the face of the magnet. Make sure this glue is on the side you want facing out, not the side that needs to stick to the fridge!
  • Spread glue across the magnet. I used a paint brush to spread the glue out evenly across its surface. Then I slid a piece of plastic inside each pocket, just to make sure the glue did not leak through the denim.
  • Position the pocket backs on the glued magnets.
  • Finally, press the pockets flat against the magnets. I did this by stacking a bunch of text books on top of them!

Using Sheet Magnets

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Finally - a justification for keeping all those text books
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Finally - a justification for keeping all those text books
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Using Small Magnets

If you are using smaller magnets, simply glue them in place on the pocket's backs. I would recommend placing one at each top corner and one on the bottom point.

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How to Decorate Jean Projects

While the glue is drying, work on your decorations. I put some basting stitches in the top of a ribbon and ruched the ribbon to create a little ruffle. You could also use lace, ribbon by itself or anything else. Cloth flowers could also be a cute addition.


After giving the glue some time to dry, attach the ruffle, lace, etc. along the top of each pocket. I just used a quick whip stitch to hold in in place. If you are not comfortable with basic sewing stitches, check out my hub on how to do some easy stitches. Then, I used super glue to attach beads to the pockets. You could easily use fabric paint to label the pockets "coupons," "receipts," or whatever you want, I just liked the stitch pattern on the pockets and wanted to keep it visible.


There you have it! Now you have a pair of cute magnetic pockets to keep your fridge organized. Since you only used the pockets, you should have plenty of material left over for some other project.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      What a great idea. They look cue too..Well illustrated and simple to follow information. well done! voted up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a cute and creative idea! I love it! Fabulous idea!

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I absolutely LOVE this idea. Many of my blog readers are into crafting so I am going to share this link on my Ducks 'n a Row Facebook Fanpage. They'll love it. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks so much to everyone for reading and commenting! I'm glad you like it. After almost two years of owning this pair of jeans I bought on sale even though they were half a foot too long, they have finally found a purpose.

      Thanks Sinea Pies for sharing - I hope your followers enjoy it, too.

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      TiffanyTWeber 5 years ago from Washington D.C.

      Great ideas! I just pinned one of your photos to add to my pinterest board. I'm going to make these too as soon as I finish my denim quilt and placemats!

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Neat idea for fridge magnets. Like that they can be used to hold small items.

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Cool! Who would have thought. I'm making these. Voting up & useful

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks so much, everyone, for reading and commenting. Tiffany and albertsj - let me know if you have any questions about the process and I'll be glad to help out!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      How cute to have denim pockets on the fridge for holding important stuff and such. They would blend nicely with my blueberry themed kitchen. Thanks for sharing this idea! :)

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Glad you like it! They are remarkably easy to make, you just have to be sure to let them sit for a few hours to the glue can dry before using them.

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      Keri Summers 5 years ago from West of England

      This is such a good idea. So cute, and these would make lovely presents too. I love to re-use things, and as it happens have some old jeans currently that I've been putting off taking to our local fabric recycling bin. Now I'll take the pockets off first knowing that I've made full use of them!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      You have a local fabric recycling place? I've never even heard of that! What do they do with it?

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      stessily 5 years ago

      Natashalh, This is such a winsome idea! I recycle, reuse, reduce extensively so I never have garbage for the curb. I'm making a quilt with no longer wearable jeans so I'll set aside the pockets for this project.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Natashalh, I just opened a Pinterest account and pinned this article. So many people will just love it! :)

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Sinea Pies - Hooray! Thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Stessily - I'm glad you can put this idea to use. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Wow!!! Good work... Now I am thinking that how can I spoil my new blue jeans. :D :D

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Well, you could always check a thrift store for an inexpensive pair, instead!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      Christen Roberts Comer 5 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

      Very cool! My husband has a million pairs of jeans he insists on keeping for "painting days." How many pairs do you really need for painting?! I am always looking for ways to use them. This is a great one. Hold your mail, coupons, pictures - the decorating possibilities are endless. Great idea! Voted up and awesome. ;)

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Excellent. I, too, have been guilty of hoarding clothes in the past, but there definitely comes a time when you've got to let go of some things! Glad you found this useful and thanks for the votes.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      A cute way to make use of jeans too worn to be worn! I like the idea of jeans pocket magnets that you can actually put things in, like keys or pens, or other small things that are useful.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Mine have seen lots of good use. It seems fitting, since that was once my favorite pair of jeans! Thanks or stopping by. =)

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