Things Made From Old Blue Jeans

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Instead of throwing them away, use old blue jeans to create other useful items. Recycling blue jeans for craft projects saves money, helps the environment and provides a fun, practical activity. If an old pair of jean isn't available at home, purchase jeans cheaply at yard sales or thrift stores.

Clothes

  • Make more than just cut-off shorts with old jeans. The pieces of fabric may be taken apart to sew into dresses, shirts or jackets. For a simpler option, cut the legs off at the knees, rip out the crotch seams and use the extra leg fabric to create a skirt. Or use the jean fabric to make an apron. A ribbon threaded through the belt loops makes a simple way to tie the apron around the waist. Old jean fabric can also be used for doll clothes.

Bags

  • Small purses, large handbags, small organizers or big duffel bags may all be created with old blue jeans. For something simple, cut out a back pocket and add a strap for a small purse, or cut off the legs, sew the leg holes shut and thread a rope through the belt loops for a cinch and carry strap. Use small scraps of denim jean fabric for pencil cases and iPod pouches. Piece together large fabric scraps for a sturdy duffel bag.

Rugs

  • Scraps from old jeans may be used to create rugs. Hundreds of small strips of material may be sewn closely together to a piece of denim to create a nubby rag rug. Make a braided rug by cutting long strips of denim and braiding them together, adding in new strips when one runs out. Then wrap the braid around itself in a flat spiral and sew it all together to make a flat rug.

Other Stuff

  • Denim provides a sturdy material for potholders, hanging organizers and book covers. Make a denim heat pack and fill it with rice. Jeans may also be used in decorating -- curtains, throw pillows and quilts can all be made from old blue jeans. Or use the denim to decorate other items; add it as a border on towels or blankets, for example For kids, cut strips of denim to be braided into bracelets, anklets, necklaces and key chains.

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