Hands up if you have at least one pair of jeans in your wardrobe? We’re gonna go ahead and assume that all of you put your hands up (or at least you did in your mind because you don’t wanna get strange looks on the train). That’s because denim jeans are a staple item of clothing that can be worn for all kinds of occasions, worn by all shapes and sizes, and bought in various different styles.
While jeans are pretty hard wearing, if you’re the kind of person who wears them every single day there’s always going to come a time when they get (unintentional) holes and rips in the fabric, become a little too faded for your liking, or become just old and tattered. Instead of throwing these jeans out and contributing to the huge amount of waste that makes its way onto landfill each year, why not check out one of these crafty ways to recycle old jeans?
Make your own upcycled denim placemats
When searching for the perfect pair of jeans, a pair with pockets will always be the winner, right? We’re not about that faux-pocket lifestyle. While these pockets are normally pretty handy when your jeans are in their heyday, it turns out that you can also use them when you’re ready to recycle old jeans and create something new. That’s because these pockets are perfect when it comes to making your own placemats. You can simply slip your cutlery and a napkin into the pocket and astound your guests with your crafty ways. Living Well Spending Less has a great step-by-step guide on how to make these.
Transform old jeans into denim cushion covers
If your interior design game has been lacking recently, there’s no need to worry. Although you could head to the shop to buy new decorations and new items that will add a little personality to your home, why would you do that when you could save yourself money and save unnecessary waste in the process? If you have some jeans that need to be recycled, you can upgrade your cushions with these awesome upcycled denim cushion covers. Vicky Myers Creations’ cushion covers specifically focus on the waistbands of these old jeans, and we think the finished product is absolutely stunning.
Make some nifty wardrobe organisers
While there are many denim recycling hacks out there, a huge number of them require a few pairs of jeans at a time. However, if you just have the one pair that you can’t bear to send to landfill, you’ll be happy to know that you can definitely make use of them. This nifty hack from Rachel Hollis will allow you to make the most simple – yet also the most stylish – wardrobe organisers that will keep all of your accessories safe and secure. It’s super easy to perfect this hack, as well. All you need are some old jeans, a hole punch, scissors, and shower curtain hooks. What could be better than that?
Create a beautiful denim clutch bag
Paper & Stitch have certainly got you covered if you’re in need of a new clutch bag. Yep, there’s no need to head to the store to buy a new bag for your night on the town, as you fumble through your pile of old jeans instead! It’s super easy to turn your old denim jeans into a bag – because all you need is a spare hour in the day, a zipper, pins, thread, chalk, scissors, and a sewing pin. Of course, the world of recycled denim is your oyster when it comes to this craft project, as you can then adorn your new clutch bag with beads, embellishments, paint, dye, or anything else you fancy.
Update your accessory game with these denim earrings
If you’re a fan of second-hand shopping or crafting your own clothes and accessories, then you’ll love this idea. One of the best things about making your own recycled denim earrings is the fact that there are no rules. Sure, you can follow one of the many guides out there that take you through the process step-by-step, but if you’re more of a creative soul, then you can just let the scissors do the talking. As long as you have the actual earring piece, you can then cut and sew the denim however you please. You could go small and dainty, or you could go big or go home. The choice is yours.
Although it can be hard to part with your old jeans, just think of these denim upcycling projects as a way of showing them love in a different way. After all, jeans can be multifunctional, so why not recycle old jeans instead of throwing them out?