One of the great things about recycled jeans is that the material from the used garment can be used to create all sorts of functional and fun items. While some of the new creations from blue jeans require needle and thread, other items can be created using nothing more than fabric glue and a pair of scissors. If you have a pair of jeans that you want to recycle, here are some ideas on how to reuse denim material to great advantage.
While many people are familiar with the denim purses that were made from recycled jeans in the 1970’s and 1980’s, there is a modern twist on this old favorite that has gained attention in the last few years. Using the same basic principles, recycled jeans can be reworked into functional laptop bags. The pockets on the jeans can be sewn into the interior area of the bag, creating pouches to house spare batteries, electrical cords, or a WiFi card. Material gathered from the legs of the jeans can be used to create more compartments if necessary, as well as to sew sections that can house padding to protect the laptop during transit.
Recycled jeans can also be used to create casual accents for the dinner table. By cutting longer sections of the material and adding some heat resistant batting, it is possible to create oversized pot holders that are perfect for use under a hot casserole dish. The potholder protects the finish of the table from the heat, while also providing an absorbent surface that prevents spills from marring the tabletop.
Many people choose to make their own decorative gift boxes rather than buy new ones. Using a little fabric glue, it is possible to cut sections of the recycle jeans to fit the body and lid of the boxes. The material can be secured in place using fabric glue, effectively giving a plain box an eye-pleasing look. If desired, the denim can be dressed up with rhinestones or rickrack material to further personalize the look.
In a similar application, recycled jeans can be used to create interesting picture frames. Using cheap frames purchased at a discount store, remove the backing and glass. Cut the denim into the shape of the frame, making sure to leave enough to secure all the way around the front and sides of the frame. As with the gift boxes, the facing of the frame can be embellished with other elements if desired. The end result are unique frames that add more texture and visual appeal to casual dens or children’s bedrooms.
Don’t overlook the potential of creating new fashion accessories with those recycled jeans. Often, the material is ideal for making a simple vest, caps, or even interesting collars to go over a tee shirt or blouse. There is also the option of simply cutting off the legs and turning the jeans into a pair of comfortable shorts.
Using recycled clothing such as denim jeans is a great way to make use of what you have without spending a lot of money. If you need more old denim to create additional treasures for the house or your wardrobe, thrift shops are a great source of recycled clothes that will cost very little. Once you have the recycled jeans in hand, let your imagination run wild; chances are you can think of many more ways to put the old clothing to great use.