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Repurposing old jeans?

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I have about six pairs of old jeans that I've been hanging on to because they aren't wearable (worn hole in the inner thigh, patching doesn't work worth a darn!), but I don't want to just toss them in the trash. Does anyone have any creative ideas? I don't think denim would make very good cleaning rags, but if you've tried it and it worked, I'd like to hear it!
post #2 of 13
This post just sparked something I have been meaning to try. Me and my 12 year old are off to round up the unwanted jeans and make some purses/school bags. I hope I have enough fabric glue, because I don't like to sew.
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I don't know if the hole is in the front or the back, but I've made a cute skirt with used jeans. The design I used makes a straight seam when you sew the front legs together (instead of the inverted V in most designs). This creates a large inverted V in the back which I filled with a heavy-weight material from an old Oxford work shirt. I ruffled this material a bit and created a flippy train for the back. It wasn't a skirt I'd wear everyday but it was fun for a special occasion.

The legs of the jeans make good drawstring bags. Consider making a couple for gift giving. The back pockets make cute magnetic refrigerator pockets for holding pens, misc. Some people make the upper part of the jeans into a tote bag or purse but there are only so many of those you need.

Glean the zipper off the jeans if you use the rest of the material for something else. Those heavy-duty zippers come in handy. Sometimes the jean material is just nice to have around to lengthen a pair of pants for your growing child.

Lots of people make rag quilts out of jeans, but I warn you, they get heavy. Alternately you can search on the internet for directions to make a rag-jean area rug. Those are cool.
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Ten Ways to Recycle Your Old Jeans - Associated Content

I found this article for you. I didn't read it, but it has 10 ideas for old jeans. Hope this helps.
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I have been saving my old jeans and cutting them into like 5" squares I am going to make a quilt and knot each corner for my teenage ds for Christmas. I have also made purses out of them years ago. I have one now that I bought that I get all kinds of comment on. It has a hard shell inside that makes it wonderful. I haven't found the inside to make my own like this one is though. I will post a pic of it in the morning.
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Here is the pic I promised ya. The purse is a little on the dirty side. I really need to take the time to wash it. I think I may change the ribbons out with some fresh ones also. I really like this purse cause it gives me enough room for my to-do list (journal) and the current book that I am reading along with everything else that I need. I use the pockets to carry my store reward cards, drivers lisc, and frequently used credit/debit cards. It makes for easy access.


repurposing jeans

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Swishina made a cute little bag by cutting off a leg and sewing the end shut. I know there is a photo here on the boards somewhere.
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Originally Posted by Ellie Mae View Post

Here is the pic I promised ya. The purse is a little on the dirty side. I really need to take the time to wash it. I think I may change the ribbons out with some fresh ones also. I really like this purse cause it gives me enough room for my to-do list (journal) and the current book that I am reading along with everything else that I need. I use the pockets to carry my store reward cards, drivers lisc, and frequently used credit/debit cards. It makes for easy access.


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That is CUTE.

 

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My niece who is autistic got a weighted quilt from a group that was making them for people that needed them.  The quilt was very heavy and really helps her, plus she loves it!

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