recycle jeans - denim craft ideas to make and sell
Used denim jeans can be turned into all kinds of projects for the house, to wear or for arts and crafts. The best jeans are the ones you are done with and are no longer suitable to wear. These become soft and easier to handle and can then become something else.
Denim Jeans are at the top of the list when it comes to reduce, reuse, recycle as many people simply throw them out when done. But even if they have holes in the knees or the pockets have torn off they can be cut down and make into a place mat, purses, totes, braided rugs, raggedy dog bed and more. Check out the below ideas for some brilliant crafts and start looking at those old jeans in a new light! They could line your pocket with dollars if you have a craft business.
These cute little pouch pockets can be used for all kinds of things in a kids room or skip the fringe and use for arts and craft supplies, or even office supplies. They can be hung on a peg board, or on the wall to house some stuffies (as shown). They are easy to make and you can show off your creativity with a unique design on the face of the pocket in paints, beads or applique.
This is a quick and yet cute crafts. Take a couple of squares cut out of old jeans and then sew a tiny jean pocket on the front and then stuff the pillow.
You can make it raggedy as shown and then embellish it to make it unique. You could use fabric paint and paint a name on the pocket, or applique. There are so many ways to make this a fun craft to make and sell or to give as a gift to anyone losing their baby teeth!
These make excellent throw pillows if you use well worn jeans. You can mix of the hues of blue by using different pairs of jeans. Simply make yourself a cardboard template 7 x 7 inches and open the seams of the jeans with sharp scissors and you can cut out the squares needed for this raggedly pillow denim project. You could stuff them or use a pillow form if you want more of a wash and wear type throw pillow. Make a few! You can also use different fabric on the other side to add some variety.
For this project you need a pile of used worn out jeans which you can find by cleaning out your closet the kids closets, friends closets and then head to the thrift store and ask them for the jeans they simply cannot resell but were found in the donation bags. I always got a super good deal this way as they would just throw them out. Make sure they are clean and then using strips of denim sewn together you can create this rug.
I created this raggedy denim quilt using black jeans and a red flannel lining for something a little different as I had received a huge bag of worn out black jeans when I went to the thrift store. The colored denim works well too. I also once created a pink, purple and white raggedy quilt. There is not batting in this quilt as the denim is quite heavy and therefore warm to use as a blanket. It is lined with flannel in a color of your choice. You will need a lot of squares to make a template out of cardboard and get cutting!
If you have a dog or wish to create products for dogs, then you will love this idea. Denim is so tough yet soft that it makes a great pet or dog bed. Simply cut out the denim squares from your old jeans, and then line it with faux fur to give them some cushion. The best part about this dog bed is that it can roll up and travel or be thrown in the washer and dryer and only gets better and better. Compared to commercial dog beds that don't seem to wash as well and therefor harbor odors. Fun way to recycle jeans.
This is another cool way to use up old jeans and give that rustic look. Simply cut open jeans and lay them flat and the using a stuffed animal pattern, cut out your bear. For this bear I put wrong sides together so that I would have the seams on the wrong side (or the right side depending on how you look at it) and then I clipped the seams as if making fringe, threw it in the washer and dryer and it created the raggedly fluffy seams. I then stuffed it as per normal. I think he looks great and you could use any small animal pattern to do this.
Yes the picture does not show denim, but you could use soft worn denim in place of the cotton fabric they suggest. I think it would make a soft and yet tough heating bag that can still be formed around any joint or place on your body and would keep the heat and not be so flimsy as with cotton, so I included this page here. There is a tutorial Youtube video that hopefully will get you inspired to give it a try.
If you love the look of denim for your household decor, then you will love this simple craft. Create denim place mats from your leftover jeans. For this size I used 6 squares of denim (7 x 7 inches with a 1/2 inch seam allowance). Sewed them together and then top stitched the seams to keep it flat. I then added a complimentary piece on the back to make these reversible and to add some color. I clipped the edges as if making fringe and then threw in the washer and dryer for a soft fringe edge. These are perfect for outdoors too!
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