How to Reuse or Recycle Denim Jeans
Fun Ways to Reuse Denim
Do you have old denim lying around? You can make it into something useful. Here are fun ways to reuse your old denim. Potholders, rugs, quilts, and roses are just a few of the things you'll find here. Don't throw it out, reuse your old denim by making something that you can use!
Reuse Denim for a Rug
This denim throw rug is made by sewing small squares of denim to a backing. The finished product is a fun rug with lots of cushion, perfect for a teenager's bedroom, or lounge area.
Recycle Denim Jeans into an Organizer
This adorable wall organizer is made from the cuff and leg of denim jeans. With a dowel rod, a sewing machine and a little creativity you can make this yourself at home. The contrasting stitching adds a lot of pizazz to the reused and useful denim art. Use it to store sewing and craft supplies, or organize just about anything in style with this cute and functional denim organizer.
Denim Braided Rug
Because denim is heavy, it makes a great rug. I also like that denim is a purely natural fiber, being made from cotton.
Frugal Veggie Mama gives a step by step tutorial of how to make these denim braids from old jeans and then shape them into a rug. I like the way she combined the various shades of denim. Read on to find out more about how you can reuse your favorite worn jeans to make a rug for you home!
Denim Book Cover
This adorable denim book cover is sure to be a big hit with teenage girls. It is made by reusing old jeans. It would be a great craft for personalizing a diary, photo album, calendar, bible, journal, or agenda before giving as a gift. The pocket was cut out keeping the backing in tact, so when it was glued to the cover, the pocket still opened, making a perfect hidden stash.
Make a Handbag from Children's Overalls
#6 Way to Reuse Denim
Here is an idea for a tote bag made from used children's overalls. On a smaller scale, the same instructions can be used with a pair of baby overalls to make a purse. Cut the legs off the overalls and serge them or zig zag stitch them closed. For more instructions, check out this tutorial:
Denim Rose from a Hem
Denim crafts can grow on you quickly, because there are so many adorable ways to reuse it. This denim rose is one more example of a way to reuse denim in crafts. This flower is a great way to embellish an otherwise plain denim project.
There seems to be an endless number of ways to reuse pockets of old jeans around the home. Denim is very thick and makes a great potholder. For more information on how RecycleCindy made hers, visit her blog at:
Reuse Your Old Blue Jeans to Make this Beautiful Denim Quilt - #9 Way to Reuse Denim
Denim is such a wonderful material because it's made of natural fibers (cotton), yet it is heavy and warm. It's durability, warmth, and natural construction make it my all time favorite materials for constructing quilts from recycled fabric. You can make a quilt for your bed from your old jeans. Not only is it eco-friendly, it's amazingly beautiful, creative and warm. Here are several sets of instructions for making a quilt from recycled denim.
Recycled Denim Quilt Number 3 (Instructions above)
Denim Pots for Plants
These are not only adorable, they have so many possibilities. Upon first glance, you would think it's only a denim flower pot, but you can work this style into many other projects. How about decorating an Easter basket from a plastic bucket? Jazz up that flower you give mom on mother's day. Create red, white and blue jeans Forth of July décor, or make a blue jeans gift basket for your next graduate.
For more information on making these and other cool denim crafts, see Cindy's blog.
Denim Pocket Organizers
Gail Martin shows us how to use pockets from old blue jeans to make pocket organizers. Hang them on a locker, refrigerator, or anywhere a you could use a little extra organization.
They are perfect for holding pens, pencils and pocket notebooks. Your teenagers will love these. The are also functional refrigerator magnets. You will never lose your pencil again. Thanks Gail!
Reuse Old Jeans to Make a Denim Journal Cover and Pencil Holder
For Christmas this year, I made some pencil holder and journal sets from recycled materials. Everyone loved them, so I thought I'd post a photo of the sets here. I made the journal following the basic instructions for a book cover below. Before I attached the pocket, I ran the ribbon around the cover and glued it. I used matching ribbon to wrap a bow around the pencil holder that is made from a soup can and repurposed old blue jeans.
You can make spiraled circles from the hem of old jeans and use tacky glue to hold the spirals together. If you don't want to set a drink on them, stitch them together many combined would be an adorable rug or wall art.
Reuse Denim to Make Coasters and a Pencil Holder
How to Make a Recycled Bank - #15 Way to Reuse Denim
*old denim jeans
*and a Pringles can
to make this little bank. It stores your coin and your cash with a little pocket embellishment. This is a great way for kids to get involved in creating recycled crafts.
Reuse Old Jeans to Make Denim Pillows - #16 Way to Reuse Denim
Were you wondering about a pillow? I was, so I Googled "how to make a denim pillow," and found these instructions from Sookie at Info Barrel. She has instructions for both the frayed denim pillow and the "tooth fairy" pillow with the pocket on the front. Another great way to reuse your old jeans!
You asked for it, and here it is an oven mitt from reused denim. The denim is thick and heavy enough to keep heat away from the hands. Then its lined with more protective layers. It is a very practical reuse idea. Over at the MyRecycledBags blog, they are always coming up with new ideas to reuse denim, so check it out.
Reuse Denim as an Oven Mitt
Refrigerator Pocket Organizers
Add a magnet to the back of an old jeans pocket and you have a perfect organizer for your refrigerator. It holds pens, pencils and small notepads. They would make a great gift for high school girls to keep in their locker at school. I used magnets that had a self adhesive strips on them for attaching business cards, but you could tacky glue any magnet on to the pocket.
Give Your Old Denim Jeans a Facelift
- Mehndi Henna Design Jean
Mehndi Henna Design Jeans - This project uses a bleach pen to make henna designs on jeans. If you are new to creating henna designs on denim, what better way to start than on used denim that is no longer worn. After create a design you love, you can
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