40+ Ideas for What to Make with Old Jeans

Don't throw out your old jeans! Upcycle them into something brand new with these denim refashioning patterns.

By: Kirsten Kwon, Editor,
Updated May 02, 2018
Ideas for What to Make With Old Jeans

Whatever you do, 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 them with these jean refashioning projects. All of these sewing projects are useful and durable, so check out these uses for old jeans and bring your denim back to life.

The great thing about sewing with denim is that 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 do with your old jeans, you've found the right collection. Crafting with old jeans is thrifty, too! Simply take some of scraps from your stash and get creative. If 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.

Upcycling jeans is easy, but if you've never worked with old jeans before, make sure to check out our helpful article: How to Sew: Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Denim.

Making Clothes From Old Jeans

Flirty Denim Skirt

If your favorite pair of jeans is too small, too worn, or just too out of style, then you'll love these easy refashioning projects. Breathe new life into old jeans by creating a new piece of DIY clothing for your wardrobe! Jeans can be expensive, so you'll love not having to just throw your old pair onto the donation pile. Plus you'll get a "brand new" article of clothing out of it without having to spend even more money! We're sure you'll enjoy these fabulous ways to upcycle jeans.

Denim Crafts That Recycle Old Jeans

Adjustable Water Bottle Bag

If you've been in the mood to get crafty, then you'll love this assortment of denim craft ideas. From kitchen accessories to organization ideas and more, you just can't go wrong with these denim sewing projects. You'll never have to resort to throwing away or donating your old pairs of jeans again! Get your money's worth by making one of these denim projects.

Looking for even more craft ideas for old jeans? Check out these 34 recycled crafts with denim over at!

Denim Home Decor Crafts

Denim Placemats

Make some upgrades to your home with these DIY denim projects! These crafts with old jeans will breathe new life into your living room, your bedroom, or even your dining room. You'll be surprised by some of the projects in this collection—who knew you could make furniture out of your old jeans scraps? You're sure upcycling your way to fresh home decor with these easy sewing projects. Find placemats, wall hangings, and more right here!

Denim Accessories and More

Upcycled Denim Tote Bag

If you don't want to simply throw away your worn-out pair of jeans, why not make some of these great denim accessories? We are obsessed with the purses, clutches, and gadget accessories in this collection. Upcycling jeans is the way to go if you want to add to your wardrobe without spending a penny. Scroll through these fabulous upcycling ideas to discover what to sew next with your worn-out jeans.

Speaking of upcycling, there's no reason to limit yourself to denim! Check out our site to discover all the amazing ways you can refashion old clothing into something brand new!

How do you recycle your jeans? Let us know below in the comments!

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This Etsy Seller has TONS of scrap jean legs / denim in lots of colors for cheap https//

Wow! some great ideas on recycling jeans can't wait to try them

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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.

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

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

Right up my alley! Thanks!

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.

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.

Great Idea!! Several years ago I saw a leather outfit in a catalog, but did not like the pants. A great seamstress friend of mine made a "one of a kind" skirt out of 2 pair of trousers. The bottom had a lacey cutwork pattern with a matching 3/4 length jacket. With the left over material she made a matching Tam. Even something new can be recycled into something unique and high fashion.


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