Denim is such a versatile fabric. It not only makes a great pair of jeans, but it is a fabric that actually gets better with age and many washings. So when those denim jeans are worn out for wearing, don't forget to upcycle them into useful household items that can sell.
Creating raggedy denim pillows is just one great project you can make from a small amount of denim. I got my supply of old denim jeans from my local thrift store. They get many donations and sometimes the jeans are simply to far gone with rips in the knees to resell so they gave me a bag of them. I gave them a wash and then proceeded to cut off the bits I found useful.
You can create the front and back of the pillow out of total denim or you can add a soft flannel side as I did in the top picture for some added interest. These are easy to make, and you just need to make sure your have a "denim" needle on your sewing machine which allows for thicker fabrics and a sharp pair of scissors and either a pillow form or stuffing.
How to Make:
Create a template from heavy cardboard that measures exactly 7 x 7 inches. You will be allowing 1/2 inch for seam allowance and will end up with a finished 6 x 6 inch square making your pillows one foot by one foot.
Cut out 8 squares of denim (if making the entire pillow from denim squares, otherwise 4 squares of denim and 4 squares of flannel).
Allowing a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew two squares together putting wrong sides together, remember the raw seam is on the good side with this project.
Sew the next two squares together the same way and then sew both sections together to create a square, remember to keep raw edges on good side. Create the back square the same way.
Sew both front and back together (wrong sides to keep raw edges on good side) allowing space for either stuffing or a pillow form.
With sharp scissors clip the seams at a right angle, as you would to make fringe. Do this with all the raw edges even the opening you have left for the stuffing or form.
Now throw your clipped pillow into the washing machine and then the dryer. If you clip the seams close then you will end up with fuzzy seams, which is what I prefer. If you don't clip close enough you will end up with curly qs, which some people prefer, but I like the fuzzy seams.
Remember to empty the filter on your washing machine and dryer as there will be denim fuzzies in the filter when done.
Once you have either filled your pillow with stuffing or a pillow form, then you need to sew the opening closed or use Velcro so that the pillow can be washed and the form removed. You can get affordable pillow forms online as above, just click the picture to find out more or the title link.
Pillows I made with different backing fabrics below! The lady bug with green background was a big seller at my craft show!
You can have a lot of fun with these raggedy denim pillows. You could decorate them with fabric paints and beads or anything you want. You can use black jeans or other colours. As you can see in the pictures above I used many different backing fabrics and I made them in pairs. I sold a lot of these at craft shows.
So, don't throw away those denim jeans. There are so many uses. You could put one of the jeans pockets on this pillow for fun too.
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