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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

6 Old Jeans Purse Patterns
Do you have stacks of old jeans that no longer fit?  Clean out that closet and transform your jeans into adorable purses!  With these 6 Old Jeans Purse Patterns, you can not only make room for new clothes, but organize your accessories and must-haves with a brand new bag!  These patterns are easy to make and fun to decorate!  Make one for yourself and one for all your girlfriends!  Check out all the denim purse patterns today!


  1. Old Jeans Bracelet
  2. Denim Pocket Purse
  3. Rainbow Jeans Ring
  4. Shabby Chic Denim Flowers
  5. Denim Needle Case
  6. Denim Pocket Pincushion
  7. Upcycled Denim Flower Embellishments
  8. Denim Country Pumpkins
  9. Denim Art Can
  10. Handy Dandy Lamp Shade

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Sep 9, 2013

i just reupholstered an old oak rocking chair i bought at a flea market with old blue jeans. it turned out great. i have been making blue jean quilts for years. i like using a double fat bat and tying them. the make great comforter type quilts and they are thick enough for the kids to lay on when camping on the floor (slumber parties/sleepovers). i've made bags, purses, potholders and oven mitts, placemats, etc. i've also used old blue jean pieces doubled up sewn onto the bottom of crocheted slippers for a firmer sole.


Sep 5, 2013

Thank you for all the ideas. Now i have to dig out my old jeans and get to work. Ruth


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Apr 22, 2013

These are wonderful ideas of things to do with denim jeans. I plan to make the apron out of the back side of a pair of jeans. Thanks for the instructions/photos.


Jan 7, 2013

Great ideas


Dec 1, 2012

Has anybody ever made a quilt using jeans with spandex? I have several pairs I could use, but I'm not certain if this will work out. Anybody?


Nov 9, 2012

I collect old jeans and corduroy pants. I buy them at thrift stores and garage sales. Cut them up into five inch squares and make twin size quilts out of them.


Sep 8, 2012

i would always cut off my sons jeans when they had hole in the knees and use the bottom half and make quilt squares he has a good blanket one side denim other side t-shirt matterial


Feb 27, 2012

I could never say enough about favecrafts...because they are my very favorite...I look forward every day to it coming...I love it! God Bless You for sharing it with all of us! Dee, Pittsburgh, Pa.


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