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35 Clever Projects from OLD DENIM JEANS


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One of the hardest things to throw out (or donate) for me….are jeans.  Denim is such a thick and sturdy fabric that can be used for so many things, that I just can’t toss it.  I think all this denim collecting started when I was in high school.  I collected all the jeans I could get my hands on, so that I could piece together a nice heavy denim quilt.  I loved that thing! (Now that I think about it…..what ever happened to that quilt?!?!  Dang.)  But after the quilt was complete….the denim collecting never ended.  Ahhhh, that’s where it all began.  Thanks for talking me through my therapy session — I think I figured out why I’m a denim hoarder! ;)

Anyway, I was browsing around online and started collecting so many great ideas for using denim.  And not just outdated lame denim projects…….these ideas are SUPER COOL!!!!  And HIP!  And look like so much fun to make!

35 Clever Projects from OLD DENIM JEANS

Party at my place this weekend…….just bring your old jeans! :)

DIY Denim Whale via Valaan Villapaita

DIY Old Denim Pillow via BRIT + CO

DIY Bag from Old Jeans via BRIT + CO

DIY Recycled Woven Denim Basket via Oh Oh Blog

DIY Denim Buckets from Jeans (video tutorial)

DIY Old Denim Flower Corsage via Tea Rose Home

DIY Denim Lunch Bags via The Purl Bee

DIY Reversible Denim Tote via Snip Snap Happy

DIY Recycled Denim Poof via Michele Made Me

DIY Jeans Pocket Pot Holder via Aarnilintu

DIY Denim Jeans UK Flag Patch via Make It and Love It

DIY Denim Baby Bibs via Becca’s Paper Cutz

DIY Old Denim Ampersand Pillow via Ashbee Design

DIY Denim Heart Bookmark via The Cheese Thief

DIY Old Denim Bucket via Curly Made

Upcycled Pot Holder with Pocket via Alisa Burke

DIY Ruffled Denim Pillow via Make It and Love It

Upcycled Denim North America Map via Etsy

DIY Denim Tote Bag via Denim Do Over

DIY Knotted Denim Rug via Eclectic Me

DIY Recycled Denim Placemats via Today’s Nest

DIY Denim Rosette Headband via Creations by Kara

DIY Denim Snack Bag via Between The Lines

DIY Old Denim Chair Cushions via Michelle Made Me

DIY Jeans Pocket Garland via Dukes & Duchesses

DIY Upcycled Denim Sunburst Art via Belrossa

DIY Old Jeans Drink Cozy via Fiskars

DIY Zippered Denim Bag via All Day Chic

DIY Denim Baby Bibs via Thimbly Things

Denim Upholstered Chair via Legend Blues

DIY Recycled Jeans Rug via Instructables

DIY Denim Canvas Art via A Beautiful Mess

DIY Old Denim Baby Bibs via A Maidenhair Fern

DIY Denim Chevron Pieced Pillow via Denim Do Over

DIY Child’s Apron from Old Jeans via

Just in case your little tyke still wants to get some wear out of those old jeans, check out this adorable way to refashion those well-worn jeans with a cute UK flag design!

Or maybe you’ve got a little princess who would be amazed at her old jeans transforming to a Twirly Jean Skirt!

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Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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