If it's time to shed your favorite jeans, don't kiss them goodbye. While jean styles come and go, the denim they're made of is a workhorse fabric that's perfect for repurposing. So why not reimagine your old bottoms?
To inspire you to get making, here are 7 stylish ways to repurpose denim jeans into something cute and useful for your home.
01 of 07
Denim Bench Cushion
Dress up a no-frills bench with a comfy denim box cushion. To DIY, you'll need a sewing machine equipped with a denim needle.
Here's the supply list:
- Multipurpose foam for filling the bench cushion.
- Several pairs of clean old jeans.
- Sharp fabric scissors for easy cutting.
The first order of business is to transform your old jeans into a flat material you can work with. This DIY shares what you need to know.
Next, sew your box cushion. This tutorial breaks down the process into seven easy steps.
02 of 07
Easy to Make Denim Basket
You don't need ninja-like crafting skills to sink your teeth into this basket idea by Ama, the Belgian DIYer behind OhOhblog. While it takes a chunk of time to create, it's a great rainy day project that's easy peasy to weave.
You'll need a few things besides tailor's shears:
- Container to use as a template for your basket. Ama used a small utility bucket.
- One or more pairs of jeans depending on your basket's size. You'll cut the pant legs into long 1-inch wide strips.
- Sewing machine or needle and thread. You'll be sewing the denim pieces end to end before weaving.
For more details get Ama's tutorial.
03 of 07
DIY Denim Placemats
Ruth from Living Well Planner says if you can sew a straight line, you can turn a pair of denim bottoms into a placemat.
Here's what to do:
- Slice off the pant legs.
- Cut the seam that runs across the crotch as if you were making a short skirt.
- Separate the back of the jeans from the front by cutting the side seams.
- Make sure your placement is rectangular by neatening up the three cut sides with scissors.
- Sew a straight line near the edges you just cut to prevent excessive fraying.
- Toss the placemat in the wash to fray the cut edges.
Here are more photos of Ruth's project.
04 of 07
No-Sew Denim Wall Storage
Sewing doesn't have to be a part of your DIY repertoire to make this denim wall organizer by Robin at Redo it Yourself. All you need is glue and a styrofoam board. Here's how to stick it all together.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
No-Sew Denim Coasters
Denim is a versatile and durable fabric that's easy to clean. That's why the folks at Funky Junky Vintage decided to repurpose jean pockets into coasters.
If you plan to do the same, here's a tip. Leave a half inch of material around each pocket when cutting them out. Afterward, wash to create lovely frayed edges.
06 of 07
Denim Bean Bag Chair
Not a DIYer? JeanBag will turn your worn out denims into a bean bag chair for $350 USD.
But if you're an avid sewer with a stack of old jeans, you can make it yourself for $100 or less. These tips will give you a jumpstart:
- Need a sewing pattern? We found a great one on Craftsy. It's available in four different sizes.
- Before getting started, turn your old jeans into flat denim fabric.
- Bean bag chairs need filler material. When it comes to comfort, polystyrene microbeads (they're plastic) are the gold standard. But if you prefer using an eco-friendly material, biodegradable packing peanuts are a very affordable option. FYI, they dissolve in water.
07 of 07
Denim IKEA Hack
Claire, the blogger who pens Pillar Box Blue isn't called the denim whisper for nothing. She has been upcycling discarded jeans for years. Her latest project is an upholstery hack that dresses up a rundown IKEA chair using an electric staple gun. She reveals how here.