Creative DIY Uses for Old Blue Jeans | Recycle Bluejeans
By Natasha Hoover
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.
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!
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 MagnetsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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.
How to Sew
- Three basic hand sewing stitches everyone should know: running stitch, running backstitch and backst
This tutorial shows you how to sew three basic hand sewing stitches; the running stitch, running backstitch and backstitch.