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Recycle Denim Jeans

Updated on August 19, 2012

Old Denim Jeans can be recycled

How many of us have thrown away or given to charity shops our old pair of jeans. Denim is a strong and versatile material and can be transformed into new fashion, house and garden products and many craft projects. You don't have to be crafty to transform a pair of jeans into something new...something for the feet, new clothing, storage items, pet beds and an endless variety of crafts.

What you can do with old pairs of jeans is up to you. Many great crafts can be made with home school children, those with time on their hands, pretty much anyone. There are items and products you can make for every room in your home, yourself and as gifts for family and friends. Recycling old denim jeans is a great craft for women's and men's groups.

Things to make recycling your old denim jeans - bean bags, quilts, mats, book covers, slippers, table settings, bags, name it can be done.....

Each item has a link attached to the creator, seller or instructions on how to make the item.

Added below are ideas to get your imagination stirred and give you some inspiration on creating your next project....enjoy

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Recycled denim jean bag 1
Recycled denim jean bag 1

Denim Jean Bag

Recycle denim jeans into an attractive bag

This is an easy bag to make and looks a treat when completed. The link for this bag has instructions on how to make it. Denim is a versatile material that even old jeans can make look new.

Denim jean bag 2
Denim jean bag 2

Drawstring Bag

Recycled denim jeans into a drawstring bag

Need a drawstring bag for school, the beach or for travelling....well make your own from an old pair of denim jeans. You can make small ones or large ones depending on the size of your old jeans. Ideal for storing items in cupboards, books or toys....

Jean aprons 1
Jean aprons 1

Recycled Denim Jean Apron

Once an old pair of jeans now a new apron

Recycling your old pair of jeans into a gorgeous apron will last you for a very long time. Aprons are washable and wearable for the mum in the kitchen, children that love to cook and an excellent gift for granny, friends and family. Christmas is coming so get out those old pair of jeans and get creative.....

Denim jean pet bed
Denim jean pet bed

Pet Beds

Recycled denim jean for your pets

Now this is a good idea.....sick of your dog or cat wanting to sit on you lap all the time...why not buy or create a lap pet bed for them. This picture is courtesy of Lap of Luxury Pet Beds...the link will take you to their site for more of their great products using recycled jeans for pet beds.

Denim Skirt
Denim Skirt

Denim Jean Skirt

Old Jeans New Fashion

What a great way to turn old jeans into a new skirt. There are more ideas on the link provided for this module.....

Denim slippers
Denim slippers

Denim Slippers

Recycled slippers from old Jeans

Need a pair of slippers for around the a pair of old jeans you don't wear anymore or thinking of sending them to your local thrift shop....stop....why not make a pair of slippers

Denim Jean Cushion
Denim Jean Cushion

Recycled Jean Cushions

Need a Cushion use your jeans

This picture is of a cushion made from recycled jeans. The link will take you to a store that sells them...just to give you an idea of what they cost in the market place.....however could you not make these yourself....hmmmmmm

Jean lampshade
Jean lampshade


Recycled jeans

The durability and strength of denim is useful for making lampshades. It's different, unique, durable and fun. Great for kids, bar and bedrooms

Denim Rug/Mat
Denim Rug/Mat

Denim Jean Floor Mat/Rug

Pet bed, floor mat, kids rug

Don't like carpet....neither do I....need a rug for the kids room, a pet mat or a bed cover....well the old jeans have it. One pair of adult jeans goes a fair way when making this mat/rug. Visit the link attached if you need the instructions on how to make this. An easy project for all the family.....

Recycled denim jean book cover
Recycled denim jean book cover

Book Cover

Great recycled jean cover

Book covers are great to cover important, school, cooking, diary books with pieces of recycled denim jeans. Add a little lace or such to create stunning covers that will last. They won't tear or sag.....what book do you need a recycled jean cover for?

Recycled denim jean necklace
Recycled denim jean necklace

Recycled Denim Jean Necklace

Old jeans new necklace

What a fun necklace to wear. Add beads, crystals, chains or whatever you happen to have in your storage closet to make wonderful jewellery for adults and children...great play group craft, women's craft meetings or those who need a new necklace....check out the link for more information....

Recycled denim jean chair
Recycled denim jean chair

Recycled Denim Jean Chair

Keep sitting on those old pair of jeans

Join denim patches and seat with your carpenter. Try to make your own vintage collection of furniture for your home. Image courtesy:

Grass stands
Grass stands

Grass stand?

An interesting way of using old jeans outside

This if nothing else an interesting certainly is different...not sure I would have it in my yard but there are others that may.....

Dog vest
Dog vest

Dog Vest

Recycled jeans

If you are finished with your jeans why not make your dog a vest....instructions on how to make this are attached......Using your old jeans to make dog and cat vest, beds, lap sitters and floor mats are endless with your imagination and a pair of old denim jeans...

Coaster setting
Coaster setting

Coaster Setting

Recycled denim jeans for the table

This coaster table setting is very versatile for casual out in the garden lunches and parties to everyday use in the home....very clever idea... also great for children at the table due to the fabrics durability and easy wash ability....

Recycled Organiser
Recycled Organiser

Holder Organiser

Recycled denim jeans

Create a holder organiser for the office, kids room or kitchen. The uses for this are endless and you can make them as big or as small as you like to suit your needs....great storage.....

Japanese gown
Japanese gown

Japanese Outfit

Design by Rina Karibe

Very clever Japanese design from old jeans by Rina Karibe... now does it make you think about creating costumes for your kids when they have something to attend......this is to get your idea flowing......

Laptop bag
Laptop bag

Laptop Bag

Recycled denim jean lap top bag

Another great idea to protect your lap top or phone or Ipod or Iphone......and again made from recycling a pair of old jeans

Oven mitts
Oven mitts

Oven Mitts

Recycled denim jeans in the kitchen 2

Great idea from Pat....such a clever lady and a great product....these are better than what you can buy in your store. They are durable and I want some of these.....

Denim jean gowns
Denim jean gowns

Recycled Denim Jeans Gown


This is beautiful....what you can do with old jeans is remarkable

Fish pouch bag
Fish pouch bag

Fish Pouch Tote Bag

Recycled denim jeans for the kids

Does your child need a new tote bag for preschool or kindy....then make one out of your old jeans....these are definitely cute....and they will last, they are washable and strong.....also a great gift for your child to give to their friends.....


Recycled Denim Jeans Sofa

Something to sit on....

Now I don't think this is the prettiest sofa I have ever's very rugged...sort of more apt to a young man's apartment or is however a clever idea and would take quite a bit of punishment.

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      Donna Hamende 

      11 months ago

      Same problem as jgoad727. What good is it to sign up for your site and can't find the pattern.

    • Kiran Sawhney profile image


      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I have some more ideas to recycle old denims. Check here.

      15 DIY ideas to reuse denim to give it new look

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      4 years ago

      I love some of the projects, but there is no link to take me to the instructions. What am I doing wrong?


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