Jeans can be Repurposed: Ideas and Recycled Jean Projects
When you have outgrown a pair of jeans, but they are just too new to be recycled, think repurpose. There are numerous crafts that use denim as their focus. Here are a few to try.
-Cut long jeans to make denim shorts.
-Recycle jeans to make a tote bag to use as a purse or book bag.
-Bulletin boards can be recovered and look great. Take a straight piece of denim from a leg of jean pants or a skirt and cover a cork board with it. You can also attach some patch pockets to hold pencils or other odds and ends.
-Make long draft stoppers by taking legs of jeans and filling it with strips of old fabric or rags. Put them down by the door or windowsill to keep the house insulated.
-Use denim for eco-friendly chic decor for your home. Denim coasters help to protect furniture from drinks and even the waistbands from denim jeans can be woven into rugs.
-Remove the back pockets from old jeans and sew to a larger sheet of fabric. Hang this sheet on the back of the door and the pockets make a handy organizer.
-Use denim fabric from old jeans as patches for newer jeans or other clothing. Patches can be decorated with embroidery or fabric paints for a chic look.
-Make a denim lunch sack for the kids or even for an adult at work.
-If you ache from sore muscles, use old denim to make a heating or ice pack. Take a leg from a pair of jeans and sew up the bottom end. Fill with rice and then sew up the other end securely. These can be microwaved for heat therapy or placed in the freezer for a cold pack.
These are only a few ways to recycle denim - the possibilities are endless with this sturdy fabric. So when your favorite jeans wear out - give them a second chance by recycling and reusing.