Upcycled Denim Jeans – Ideas and Tips

Do you have a bin of denim jeans that you have been saving? It’s time to get them out and make something fun with them. There are so many simple things that you can make using Upcycled denim jeans. It is a durable fabric that can add a lot of classic style to quilts, bags and other fun projects.

Here are a few fun upcycled denim jeans projects I found on Pinterest.

This was one of my most favorite projects to make with upcycled jeans. I have made two of these. You can find the tutorial for the patchwork quilt in the link below.

 Denim Jeans Patchwork Quilt




Upcycled Sweater and Denim Christmas StockingThe list of things you can do with a pair of  denim jeans is ENDLESS.

Upcycled Denim : How to deconstruct a pair of jeans for recycling projects


To get the most yardage out of a pair of jeans, I came up with a system on how to cut them open so they are easier to work with.

upcycled jeans cutting out the inside seamLay the pair of  jeans out and cut along the inner leg seam, just on the outside of the seam allowance.

Keep cutting around the crotch and down the other side.

Now cut the front open, along the side of the zipper.

Cut the back open, cutting up along the side of the back center seam.

You will have two separate pieces that lay open and flat.

Now you have better access to cut out whatever it is you are making with your denim pieces.

Upcycled Denim Jeans Reusable Tags

I like saving the cute tags form jeans to embellish other sewing projects.

Simply unpick and top stitch on other projects.

Get yourself a bin and start saving the jeans that no longer fit or have a few stains or holes, and give them another life.

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  • VickyJanuary 7, 2020 - 8:26 pm

    Do you only use 100% denim or can l use jeans that have some spandex/ stretchy material?ReplyCancel

    • JanJanuary 7, 2020 - 9:05 pm

      Hi Vicky,
      You can use a variety of denim. I have even used cordaroy or black denim with good results. I have used denim with a little spandex and it turned out fine.ReplyCancel

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