13 Ideas to Recycle Old Jeans into Useful Things

DIY Jeans Bucket Bag

Needables:

  • A Pair of Jeans
  • Thread to Match
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape/Ruler
  • Grommets
  • Chalk or other Fabric Marker
  • Lining Fabric (optional)
  • Small piece of pocket for hidden fly pocket


Denim Snack Bag

Needables:

  • An old pair of pants, 
  • An old belt, 
  • Needle 
  • Thread,
  • Sewing machine



Denim Rosette Headband Tutorial

Needables:

  • Plastic headband
  • Old pair of levis
  • Scissor
  • Hot glue


Drop-Dead Denim: One Tough Pouf

Needables:

  • Denim scraps in different shades
  • 18" round template 
  • 5" round template
  • paper templates as drawn out in #2 below
  • Pair of scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler and pencil
  • straight pins
  • needle and thread
  • stuffing
  • Optional: embroidery thread and dimensional fabric paint


Denim Fabric Basket Tutorial

Needables:

  • Old Jeans
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissor
  • Thread and Needle



Camera Cover Using Jeans

Needables:


  • Pair Of Jeans
  • Scissor
  • Sewing Machine
  • Liner cloth
  • Thread
  • Needle


Recycled Denim Beads

Needables:


  • Fabric Paint
  • Old Jeans
  • Iron Box
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Tooth pick


Recycled Denim Coaster

Needables:


  • Old Jeans
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Fabric Glue
  • Scissors



Denim Bulletin Board

Needables:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Old jeans
  • Quilt batting, ½ yd.
  • Grosgrain ribbon, 3/8”, 2-1/2 yds.
  • Embellishments of your choice: Buttons, brads, pins, charms, ribbons, etc.
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun & glue sticks
  • Scissors 
  • Ruler
  • Sharp pencil; 
  • Serrated knife  
  • Bar of soap OR dental floss
  • Straight pins



Denim Pencil Cube

Needables:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 5” cube
  • Old jeans
  • Grommets, ¾” (we used eight)
  • Thick white craft glue or Yes! Paste
  • Embellishments of your choice: Patches, buttons, charms, appliques, etc.
  • Scissors
  • craft pins
  • 1” putty knife
  • craft knife with new blade


DIY Denim Whale

Needables:

  • Old jeans
  • A tiny bit of blue fabric
  • Filling
  • Sewing thread 
  • Sewing machine



Denim Armrest Project Bag

Needables:

  • pair of adult jeans you no longer want
  • scissors
  • pins
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • denim needle for sewing machine 
  • weight such as metal washers or fishing weights 



DIY Denim Tote Bag 

Needables:


  • Old Jeans
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Pin
  • Sewing Machine