Jeans are a quintessential wardrobe staple. Because of that most people end up with at least a pair or two of denim blue jeans that don’t fit anymore or they don’t wear because they’ve gone out of style or been worn out in places.
We’ve collated a list of great upcycling ideas for your old jeans from useful bags to home decor items. Most any pattern can be used to create a denim quilt, however, the heavier weight of the fabric can make assembly a challenge. They also require some knowledge of sewing.
Ways to Reuse Your Old Jeans
DIY Key Fobs
All you need is the waistband from an old pair of jeans to repurpose into a five-minute key fob that requires no sewing. They can be personalized with a stencil and would make a wonderful fathers day gift.
Denim Cocktail Napkin
Make some funky denim cocktail napkins. You can choose the bleached stamps and decorate stitching along the edges, perfect for a casual get-together.
Recycled Denim Shopping Bag
You may not be able to slip on your favorite pair for a night on the town, but what’s stopping you from slinging it over your shoulder?
Make DIY Hammocks
At least three seasons of the year, a hammock can be your best friend in the garden. Retreat to one of these DIY hammocks that you made, (there are lots of tutorials!). And spend time pondering life or taking a well deserved nap. Better yet, snuggle up with your S.O. and take a nap in a DIY hammock for two!
Denim Case for Wrenches
So as not to lose the tools of your husband, dad or grandfather, sew such wrench cases for them (using their own old jeans).
Home Decor Tassels
Tassels are very popular with home decor at the moment. These denim ones are very easy to make from old scraps of jeans fabric. You can make them in a variety of sizes.
Wall Pocket Organizer
Fantastic wall pocket organizer from old jeans – make this awesome denim pocket organizer from old jeans. It looks fantastic in kids or teenage rooms.
Twisted Denim Headband
No more bad hair days with this cool accessory that’s bound to turn heads.
Braided Denim Rug
Make a braided denim rug. Made of tough fabric, this rug will be able to stand up to any kind of human or animal use. Rag carpets date back to the late 19th century and they continue to be utilitarian way to put a tattered pair of jeans to good use.
Upcycled Denim Placemats
Complete with a pocket for cutlery. You’ll have to save multiple pairs of old jeans to complete a full table setting.
Cell Phone Case
It’s a constant companion throughout your day, doesn’t your phone deserve of a little denim protection?
DIY Jeans Pot Holders
Your denim have protected you from the elements. Now you can put them to use protecting your hands as you prepare a hot meal.
Coffee Cup Holder
Cover up your coffee cup. Regardless of how tattered your favorite pair has become, you no doubt can salvage a few inches to cozy up your morning cup of joe.
Cutlery Holder with Denim Pockets
You don’t even have to cut pockets. They make convenient cells for almost everything in the kitchen: knives, spoons, forks, tin keys and ladles.
Reimagine Your Pillow
This may be the easiest idea what to do with your old blue denim. Go to your wardrobe and find the craziest pair of jeans, the one you ever wanted to throw away. Then find in Google your nearest sewing service and of course have a pillow. You will have amazing cheap cover.