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19 Things to Do with Old Jeans

Don't throw away your worn-out jeans!  Recycle them into bags, toys, and other items.  With these fun and easy projects, you'll be able to put those well-loved jeans to use in ways you couldn't imagine.  From totes and bags to embellishments and home decor, these denim crafts will help you work through that stash of old jeans and transform them into functional and fabulous works of art!

Here's a fun project to help kick things off.  Made with various denim scraps, these Shabby Chic Denim Flowers are great for accessorizing your hair, clothes, purse, and more!

A few suggestions to help you get started:

  • To reduce your paper consumption AND protect your hands, make a coffee cup cozy from two layers of denim. Just measure, cut and sew. Use rick rack or contrasting fabric at the edge for a cute touch.
  • Cover a bulletin board with the denim if you can't stand the sight of cork anymore.
  • Glue a magnet onto the back of jean pockets for a handy place to stash coupons on your fridge.
  • Turn each pant leg into a handy lunch sack.
  • Make a pocket organizer. Cut off the ends of pant legs and stitch the cut side closed to make a pocket. Arrange six of these pockets on a sturdy piece of poster board and hang from a door for a handy organizer. Or, attach loops of demin to the pockets and hang from a bar.
  • Make a bucket for your yarn skeins or other craft supplies with a pair of jeans.
  • Denim makes a great, sturdy material for pet toys.
  • Create a water-bottle holder with shoulder strap and cute pockets for drink mix with Chica and Jo's brilliant tutorial (such as Crystal Light packets).
  • Use the leg of a pair of jeans to sew up a draft stopper.
  • Strips of old jeans can be crocheted into a bag or even a rug.

19 Things to Do with Old Jeans

Now let's get to the good stuff.  Here are a few denim crafts that are sure to inspire you.  We have tons of things to make with old jeans here, and you'll never wonder what to do with old jeans again!  Here are a few of our favorite things to do with old jeans and denim:

  1. Denim and Lace Flip Flops
  2. Funky Jeans Bag
  3. Denim Back to School Chalkboard
  4. Multicolored Denim Wreath
  5. Denim Circle Tree
  6. Cupcake Jean Purse
  7. Denim Drink Cozy
  8. Denim Apron and Basket for Mom
  9. Denim Flower Brooch
  10. Old Jeans Bracelet
  11. Denim Pocket Purse
  12. Rainbow Jeans Ring
  13. Shabby Chic Denim Flowers
  14. Denim Needle Case
  15. Denim Pocket Pincushion
  16. Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
  17. Denim Country Pumpkins
  18. Denim Art Can
  19. Handy Dandy Lamp Shade

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