For Mothers Day, my daughter bought me a gorgeous denim tote bag - repurposed from a pair of jeans. This got me thinking about my own stash of pre-loved denim jeans. Some time ago I culled the ever-growing pile, giving over half to an Op Shop. However, I still have a whole tub full left.
And so I headed to the Denim Refashioning link party, here at Threading My Way for ideas as to what to do with them. Here are 39 of my favourite denim jeans refashioning, repurposing and upcycling ideas and tutorials.
Before you head off to look at these ever so creative ideas, check out the following resources for sewing with denim. It's a thick and sturdy fabric - not always the easiest to sew - and as such, requires special consideration when putting denim through your machine...
- ALWAYS use a denim or jeans needle
- Reduce bulk where possible
- Go slowly
More detailed tips and hints...
- Tips for Sewing Successfully with Denim
- Resources for Sewing with Denim Jeans
- Refashioning and Repurposing Denim Jeans
IKEA Hack - Upcycled Denim Chair ~ Tutorial by Claire, from Pillar Box Blue
Sashiko Denim Tote Bag ~ Tutorial by Vicky, from Vicky Myers Creations
Denim Overalls to Twirl Dress ~Tutorial by Denise, from DIY Crush
Denim Peg Bag ~ Tutorial by Libby, from Libby's Lifestyle
Lined Denim Jeans Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Upcycle Jeans to Twirly Skirt ~ Tutorial by Shelley, from Shelley Made
Denim DIY Storage Box ~ Tutorial by Claire, from Pillar Box Blue
How to Turn Jeans into a Summer Skirt ~ Tutorial by Linda, from Sewing Bee Fabrics
Denim Toddler Play Bag ~ Tutorial by Vicky, from Vicky Myers Creations
Denim Jeans Fabric Baskets ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Denim Patchwork Skirt ~ Tutorial by Jill, from Creating My Way to Success
Super Simple Coasters from Jeans ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Joy's Jots, Shots & Whatnots
Woven Denim Jeans Basket ~ Tutorial by Amaryllis, from Ohoh Deco
Upcycled Denim Chevron Rug ~ Tutorial by Claire, from Pillar Box Blue
Jeans Doorstop with Handle ~ Tutorial by Vicky, from Vicky Myer's Creations
Jeans Pocket Cushion ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Jean Yarn to Coasters ~ Tutorial by Agy, from Agy Textile Artist
Scandinavian Woven Hearts Garland ~ Tutorial by Claire, from Pillar Box Blue
Jeans Pocket Potholders ~ Tutorial by Jill, from Creating My Way to Success
Denim Peg Bag ~ Tutorial by Vicky, from Vicky Myers Creations
Textile Cuff using Denim Jeans ~ Tutorial by Marisa, from Passion et Couture
Denim Gift Tags ~ Tutorial by Claire, from Pillar Box Blue
Denim Wine Bottle Gift Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Upcycled Denim Jeans Triangle Bag ~ Tutorial by Jill, from Creating My Way to Success
Denim Prairie Apron ~ Tutorial by Kathy, from Kataline Jewelry
Denim Shibori Dyed Pencil Cases ~ Tutorial by Vicky, from Vicky Myers Creations
Denim Jeans Pocket Tote Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way
Upcycled Denim Jeans Dog Toys ~ Tutorial by Claire, from Pillar Box Blue
Twenty eight different things to make with pre-loved denim jeans - such a wide variety of items, and all with tutorials to step you through the process.
You'll notice a few tutorials linked above from Pillar Box Blue and Vicky Myers Creations. I couldn't possibly include all their denim jeans tutorials - there's way too many. Put both blogs on your must read list if you are thinking about re-using denim jeans.
Another good site is Denim Do Over. Although new ideas are no longer added, Susan has curated links to many, many creative jeans upcycling how to's.
If that's not enough inspiration for upcycling and repurposing your old jeans, here are some more ideas - pictures and links for inspiration. No tutorials, but great as starting points...
Denim Jeans Sun Hat by Lina, from Sew Historically
Denim Jeans Tote Bag by Klaudia, from Klaudia's Kreativ World
Denim Craft Notebook by Alёnushka, from Alёnushka Art Studio
Embroidered Denim Jeans Placemats by Klaudia, from Klaudia's Kreativ World
Dresden Rag Table Topper by Gina, from Sew Much and More
Embellished Denim Jeans Skirt by Thendral, from KK Arts and Crafts
Denim Jeans Shirt Quilt by Klaudia, from Klaudia's Kreativ World
Embellished Denim Box by Alёnushka, from Alёnushka Art Studio
Denim Jeans Picnic Blanket by Casey, from Simple Joy Crafting
Jeans Pocket Cushion with Frog Appliqué by Klaudia, from Klaudia's Kreativ World
Pinterest is a treasure trove when it comes to jeans recycling...
Don't forget to check out the Denim Refashioning link party, here at Threading My Way. Add your own projects to the collection.
Do you have a stash of denim jeans? Everyone in my family wears jeans, so I have a ready supply. Time is what I don't have enough of.
Wow, some gorgeous denim refashions! My favorite thing when my girls were little was to take jeans and cut off the legs to add cotton skirts. They loved it too. I need to save some of these for later craft projects.ReplyDelete
I'm rarely drawn to jeans re-do projects (don't really know why, unless it's the inherent obviousness of where the material came from) but some of the ideas you've featured here are beyond the usual.ReplyDelete
I still do prefer it when — like your jeans pocket tote bag and your fabric basket — the projects are paired with other fabric.
Plenty of inspiration there Pam, I love both of the Shibori makes and the Bits and Bobs boxes would be perfect for my OH's new shed :)ReplyDelete
Great work out of jeans... and such great ideas! I am always enthusiastic about jeans and what you can sew out of them. Thanks for showing also my works...ReplyDelete
Greetings from Germany, Klaudia
What a wonderful variety of denim upcycles! Thank you for all this inspiration :)ReplyDelete
I'm probably doomed because love all of them!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!
Thank you so much for featuring my basket!ReplyDelete