Ways to Reuse Old Denim

Jeans are probably the most comfortable item of clothing in the world, and we have all got our favourite pair. That go-to pair one which never lets you down. And no matter how many new pairs you can try and buy, none will come even close to the super comfortable, slightly-worn down (perhaps a lot-worn) jeans that have been your best friend since you set eyes on them.

Perhaps you are one of those who keep those jeans at the back of the wardrobe, even if they don’t fit anymore. And you’re hanging on to them because, you know… memories.

If you are that person and know that you aren’t quite ready to part with them, perhaps reuse your jeans for something else. Denim is one of the few fabrics that looks and feels better as it ages. It’s been in fashion since its creation in the 1870’s and is still going strong today. You don’t have to say a sad goodbye to your favourite jeans; they can be used for a ton of DIY projects. And you don’t need to be the most artistic person to create something.

Here is a selection of our favourite ways to reuse denim:

Coasters

Denim-CoastersDenim coaster can add a cool retro vibe to your decor and you don’t even have to know how to sew to make them. Take the hem of your jeans, roll slightly and apply a line of denim glue, and continue to roll your way along.

Pillow covers

Denim pillows add a nice casual touch to a living room or bedroom and goes with any decor. There are three types of pillow covers you can make:

Pillow covers – Denim pillows add a nice casual touch to a living room or bedroom and goes with any decor. There are three types of pillow covers you can make:

Envelope: Covers that can be easily removed and have an overlapping flat on the back side that is open.

Stitched: Stitched covers cannot be removed as they have been sewn over the pillow form.

Zippered: Zipped covers have a zip on one side which allow for easy removal and washing.

Backpacks and handbags

Making one of these is pretty straightforward and easy. While the pressure may be there to make the bag look absolutely perfect, a bit of slouch will give the bag an effortlessly cool twist. A slim brightly colour belt will really finish off the look.

Gadget case – Our phones and iPads can often get bashed around and sometimes cases can be expensive. All that is required is a piece of fabric large enough to cover your phone with room to spare and a needle and thread.

The possibilities for using denim are endless. You can make toys, rugs, quilts, hair bands, flowers etc. There are tutorial videos available on YouTube if you decided to make something that is a little trickier. Creating gifts for others is another fun project.

Your favourite pair of jeans will no longer sit in your wardrobe feeling lonely, but will be put to good use and last for many years to come.

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