I love jeans! I love wearing them of course, but I also love seeing all the cool things you can make with denim. Before you throw out your old jeans, consider making one or all of these upcycled jeans ideas!
Upcycled Jeans Ideas
Grab a paint brush and flex some artistic style with this easy upstyle. Practice on an older pair to get a feel for how the paint applies to denim. Experiment with colours and paint effects. Puff paints add a cool dimension!
Fabric paints can get expensive so for the budget conscious, make your own! You can easily make fabric paint by adding a small amount of acrylic medium to regular acrylic craft paint. Acrylic paint on its own will work fine but it will dry stiff and be prone to cracking.
Organiser Wall Hanger
This is a great way to salvage the pockets from old jeans and make them usful again.
I’ve wanted to make these denim roses ever since I first saw the photo on Pinterest. Find the tutorial at Pillar Box Blue
Denim Rag Rug
Rag rugs are easy to make and look great! The best part of all is when you use recycled materials like old jeans, the cost is next to nothing.
Find a tutorial at Homeguides
Denim Stuffed Toys
Toys are something you can really have some fun with. You can be creative with shapes and make them as whimsical or realistic as you like. For those who don’t have kids, create toys that can add texture to your decor just like these beautiful fish from Vintage with Laces.
Denim is a great sturdy material that means its great for functional items such as aprons. There’s some beautiful styles on Pinterest that you can check out for inspiration.
I love how fun the fabric edging is on this apron from Erratic Project Junkie
Necklaces, bracelets, and earrings can all be created using denim from old jeans. Once again this is a great way to save money by making your own accessories.
Or why not do as Etsy seller, daringmisslassiter, did and sell your creations online.
Denim Dog Toys
After you’ve finished enjoying your favourite pair of jeans let your furry friend enjoy them too.
Old Becomes New Denim Inspired Fashion
Redesign your wardrobe using a pair of jeans as the base. Pair your denim piece with some gorgeous fabric and have fun being creative.
Cushions are a beautiful addition to home décor. For beginners in sewing, basic square cushions are an easy project to tackle. Or for those who know how, patchwork denim looks incredible, especially when your pattern is pieced together with different shades of denim.
I love the sleekness of the below cushion from TUFUdesign on Etsy.
Have you made anything using upcycled jeans? I’d love to hear about it! Please drop a comment below and tell me about your own upcycled denim projects, or which one of the above ten is your favourite…
If you love upcycling, check out my upcycled bedhead made transformed with paint and fabric. Click HERE