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.
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.
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.
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.
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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