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31 Ideas For What To Make With Old Jeans



Don't throw out your old jeans! They might not fit anymore, but that doesn't mean you can't create something new from them. If you're like me, you've got at least a few pairs that have seen better days. Now it's time to deconstruct with these jean refashioning projects. All of these sewing projects are useful and durable so set aside a little time and bring your denim back to life. The great thing about refashioning with denim? Anything is possible. You'll find that denim is a great material to work with. You might be tempted to just toss out your jeans once they don't fit. Instead, try these old jean craft projects. If you're wondering what to make with old jeans, you've found the right collection. Crafting with old jeans is thrifty too! You can simply take some of the scraps from your stash and get creative. When you're in search of what to make with old jeans, turn to any of these old jean craft projects and you'll be instantly inspired.


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27 Ideas for What to Make with Old Jeans
Table of Contents

Make Your Own Clothes
Denim Crafts


Make Your Own Clothes

Flirty Denim Skirt   

  1. DIY Denim Skirt: This gorgeous maxi skirt pattern is the perfect way to upcycle a pair of old jeans. The pattern is so trendy and chic.
  2. Flirty Denim Skirt: This Flirty Denim Skirt is great for a night out or a day in the office. Work with what you own -no need to waste money on new clothes!
  3. Old Jeans Free Skirt Pattern: Learn how to make a brand new skirt with just a few pairs of old pants.
  4. Scrappy Upcycled Apron: Everyone needs a good apron to wear around the kitchen. Why not make one with material you already have? The Scrappy Upcycled Apron is a free sewing idea for anyone looking for what to make with old jeans.
  5. Clean Cut-Off Shorts for Boys: Don't let your child's growth spurt cost you a fortune in new clothes for him! Learn how to make these clean cut-off shorts and save their jeans that might be too short otherwise.


Ruffly Denim Skirt 

  1. Ruffly Upcycled Denim Shorts: If your daughter grows too tall for a pair of her jeans, turn them into an adorable pair of shorts with cute ruffles.
  2. How to Make Slippers From Jeans: Learn How to Make Slippers From Jeans with this helpful tutorial. Once you learn how to make homemade slippers, make them for family and friends.
  3. DIY Cut-Off Jean Shorts: The only tutorial you will ever need to learn how to make denim cut-offs!
  4. Ruffly Denim Skirt: Learn how to recycle old jeans with this easy sewing project. Add a cute ruffly hem to the bottom of the skirt to spice up the old denim.
  5. How to Make a Jean Apron: Say "time for tea" with this adorable denim apron. The appliques on this upcycled apron are too cute.


How to Make a Jean Apron  


  1. Recycled Denim Oven Mitt: Want something crafty and trendy to use in your kitchen? If you're looking for what to make with jeans, turn to this crafty oven mitt.
  2. Fast Easy Baby Bib: If you've never thought to make a baby bib from denim, explore this idea. The Fast Easy Baby Bib is made from old jeans. You probably already have everything you need to make this cute and simple sewing project.
  3. Upcycling Blue Jeans Into a Skirt: Wondering what to make with old jeans? Here's an idea. Upcycling Blue Jeans Into a Skirt is a great way to reuse material and create a thrifty sewing project.
  4. Easy Maternity Jeans: Turn an old pair of jeans into a new pair of maternity pants with this idea.


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Denim Crafts

Denim Placemats 


  1. Denim Placemats:  It's easy to make these placemats by sewing the denim into crazy quilt squares.
  2. Recycled Denim Initial Keychain: This easy to sew keychain is perfect for labeling your kid's lunchboxes and water bottles.
  3. Denim Christmas Stockings: Make mini stockings from old jeans with this upcycling tutorial. These mini stockings are fabulous mantel decorations, and they can even be used for gift card holders or small gifts.
  4. Denim Fabric Basket Tutorial: Upcycle those outgrown jeans and create a beautiful and handy basket to organize almost anything!

Recycled Denim Initial Keychain  

  1. Jean Pocket Pot Holder: One can never have too many potholders. Don't spend a fortune on this handy kitchen supply. Instead, take the pocket off a pair of old jeans and make this potholder.
  2. Upcycled Jean Bag: If you have an old pair of jeans and you could use a new bag, look no further than the Upcycled Jean Bag. Crafting with old jeans is easy and fun!
  3. Denim Gadget Case: Teens love gadgets, and what better way to protect them from scratches than with a denim gadget case? Make one for your teen's MP3 player or cell phone out of an old pair of jeans with this free, easy sewing pattern.
  4. How to Make Jean Purses: Next time you're roaming a thrift store, grab the cheapest pair of jeans you can find. With them, you can make these cute jean bags. They're inexpensive and easy to make! Learn How to Make Jean Purses with this simple old jean craft project.


Upcycled Jean Bag  

  1. Apple Printed Lunch Sack From Old Jeans: From a pair of old jeans you can make something new that your kids can use every day! Talk about a refashion.
  2. Weaved Jean Yarn Coasters: Complete a simple weaving project and make a practical set of coasters that are also thrifty and cute!
  3. Two Pocket Messenger Bag: The best messenger bags have plenty of pockets. Make this gorgeous bag from a pair of old jeans and you will have a practical and cute tote for all of the things that you carry.
  4. Denim Flower Corsage: Make the perfect accessory to any outfit with this lovely little flower. You can pin it onto a jacket, shirt, or even a pearl necklace.


The Awesome Denim Clutch 


  1. Upcycled Denim Armrest Bag: Clean out your craft room and organize with this denim craft. This armrest bag is perfect for crafting on the couch! Store your knitting projects or sewing supplies in this easy denim bag.
  2. The Awesome Denim Clutch: Make a patch-happy project by upcycling old jeans with different washes! This clutch is adorable and great for recycling multiple pairs of jeans.
  3. Upcycled Denim Tote: This is quite possibly the cutest jean purse you will ever see. Recycle a pair of jeans to make this tote and add various adorable embellishments to make this purse extra girly.
  4. James Dean Blue Jean Coffee Cozy: Make a coffee accessory that is as cool as Mr. Dean himself that keeps your morning drink piping hot.
  5. Denim Organizer: Sew and embellish a denim organizer for your teen's locker or bedroom. Use the pant legs of old jeans for this cute, recycling sewing project to keep your teen neat and organized.


Blue Jean Dorm Seating 

  1. Denim Decor Wonder: Make an adorable piece of DIY home decor that is blue jean sturdy with this upcycling idea.
  2. Blue Jean Dorm Seating: Learn how to decorate your space with denim with this piece of smart seating. Love it!
  3. Goodby Jeans, Hello Messenger Bag: Learn how to make a bag out of old jeans with this free bag pattern.
  4. How to Make a Bag From Jeans: Learn how to sew a bag out of old pants when you check out this surprisingly easy idea.
  5. Doll Blanket from Recycled Jeans: Make a blanket for your child's favorite doll with this recycled idea.




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Jul 24, 2014

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Feb 22, 2014

I take old jeans and make crib blankets. Make the blanket size you choose, receiving, crib or even a twin bedspread. Cut 4" squares and serge all edges as it tends to unravel easily. Sew squares together to size you want. You can add batting cotton, poly or even an old shabby blanket that needs a new face. Use an old top sheet for the back. Cut the batting the same size at the top. The bottom sheets always wear out before the top one so you get left with a sheet that doesn't match anything. Cut backing 1 1/2 inch bigger than the top all the way around. Turn edges to backing up over the top to form a border turning 1/2 " under leaving an inch border on the top of the blanket. The are many way to fold corners so pick your own. Sew through the layers all the was around on the inside edge of the 'binding'. Tack all of the corners of the jeans with yarn. many colors to choose from if you crochet. Pull it through all layers tie on the jean side or the other side if you want it to look like 'x' to jean side. You can decorate the jean squares with liquid embroidery or iron on decals. You don't need to do all the squares just create a pattern with the added designs. I chose zoo animals for mine and arranged the in an oval pattern because it was an oblong blanket. I painted them on with fabric paint, let it dry then went over them with liquid embroider pens to add detail.


Dec 13, 2013

i am right in the middle of making a jean quilt to much fun and easy


Sep 1, 2012

Looking for pattern to make a vest from my deceased husband's jeans. Would appreciate any help. Thanks!!!! reba


Jul 20, 2012

Right up my alley! Thanks!


Jun 10, 2012

Love the ideas. Been saving jeans now for a while. It helps that I have a daughter, son-in-law, and two teenage grandchildren who live in jeans and wear them out or out grow then quickly. I even have an idea or two that you do not have listed. Now with this list I have even more. Thank you.


May 30, 2012

Love the ideas but you missed one. the country rug. cut jeans into equal strips braid and sew in the size you need. It's very durable and can be created in a round or oval shape to fit the area you want to cover.


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