If you’re anything like the rest of us, you might have several pairs of jeans sitting in the back of your closet, and you don’t know what to do with them because they may not fit anymore or they are so worn out, you wouldn’t dare go outside in them. So, what do you do with them?
Denim is an incredibly durable and versatile fabric a crafter could have in their collection. If you’re someone who has collected every bit of fabric since you were young, you probably have quite an extensive denim collection, right? Do you have a plan for that massive collection? No? Don’t worry because you’re in the right place! We have gathered a collection of some of the best and most innovative craft ideas that will put all that denim to good use.
Oh, did we forget to mention that the best thing about making these denim crafts is that you can use them as personalized gifts? Who said you had to spend a fortune on gifts for your friends and family when all you need is a little creativity, some crafting supplies, and an inspirational article (this one!) to help? Ready to get started? Here we go!
1. Jean Notebook
Life Made Creations show us how to make an adorable jean notebook, complete with a pocket that is perfect for storing pens and other little notes. All you need for this craft is jeans, patterned paper, a flower, and chip board. You don’t have to know how to sew because this craft is held together by glue! How awesome is that?
2. Jean Water Bottle Holder
JemBellish not only uses upcycled jeans for this project, but also other bits of fabric in her collection. This is a great craft for kids who are playing and you want to make sure they stay hydrated. Of course, adults can use this too, and they are perfect to take to the beach, the park, a sporting event—anywhere!
3. Wall Organization
DIY Enthusiasts have the perfect solution for those jeans where the actual denim isn’t in good condition to make anything with, but the pockets are in great condition. This is a great little wall organization piece to hang over your kid’s desk, over a message center, or anywhere you want a bit of whimsy. It’s so cute isn’t it?
4. Jean Pocket Ornament
Art By Wanda has created an adorable ornament for the holidays with a simple jean pocket, some lace and buttons, and a piece of wire. You can embellish your pocket however you’d like. If you have kids, you can get them in on the fun and make their very own personalized pocket ornament instead of a stocking.
5. Jean Stocking
Nebraska Views has a great tutorial for turning those old jeans into a really cute Christmas stocking. The best part of these stockings is that you can personalize them so they reflect the person’s interests by using special fabrics and embellishments. If you’re ambitious, you can create a new stocking every year using a pair of your child’s jeans. Watch how their interests change, as well as the size of the stocking!
6. Denim Rug
All Free Crafts shows us how you can turn all that extra denim you have laying around into an adorable rug that’s perfect for a kid’s play room or anywhere you need a throw rug. We should warn you that this project takes a lot of cutting, so you might want to get someone to help cut the denim!
7. Jean Bag
All Dunn Designs gives us a basic look at a handbag that you can create by using an old pair of jeans. You can add your own creative little flares to the look of your bag by adhering cute appliques, lace, or embroidery. This is a great opportunity to let your creative juices run wild and experiment!
8. Wine Bags
Cathie Filian has a great tutorial on how to turn those pant legs into something that every wine lover can appreciate. Not only is it an adorable way to gift a bottle of wine, but you can also use it on for some shabby chic décor by putting a small vase inside.
9. Denim Bib
A Maiden Hair Fern gives us a great tutorial on how to make these adorable bibs for our babies out of an old pair of jeans. Perhaps the best part of these bibs is that you can use fabric for the other side, or you could make the bib out of anything you want. Why spend money on cheap bibs when you can make your own?
10. Jean Pillows
Info Barrel shows us that you can turn a pair of denim jeans into a comfortable and cute pillow, either for your couch or for your bed. All you need is jeans, scissors, cardboard template and a sewing machine. If you want to make a caddy for remote controls, simply add a pocket or two!
11. UPSIDE DOWN JEANS DRESS
The WHOot shows us several options on how to turn a pair of jeans into a dress. All you have to do is flip the jeans upside down, make a few cuts, and sew in some fabric panels. With a bit of creativity and an eye for style, you can rock a one of a kind jean dress that will have people asking where you got the cute little number.
12. Cell Phone Charging Station
While there aren’t any tutorials on how to make this cute little pocket in a jean fabric as pictured, you can follow the same instructions provided by The Happier Homemaker. You know what’s the best part of this project? It doesn’t require any sewing! Perfect!
13. Jean Bins
Unlike the last project, this one requires a bit of sewing. Who cares though? These cute little jean bins are perfect for the crafting room! MakeZine gives you step by step directions on how to create these little nuggets of cuteness!
14. Jean Apron
Mary Jo’s Cloth Store gives us a great pictorial on how to turn a pair of old jeans into the perfect arts and craft apron. Keeping the pockets are perfect for those crafts where you might have little odds and ends that you don’t want to lose. Plus you can personalize it with your favorite fabric on the edges. Whoever said you couldn’t be cute and crafty?
15. Denim Pouf
If you ever want to kick up your feet and relax, why not use a handmade denim pouf? Michele Made Me created a thorough but comprehensive tutorial on how to make this adorable little pouf. The best part is, you can alter some of the steps to fit your aesthetic. For example, maybe you want to combine jeans with other fabric choices. You’re only limited by your imagination!
16. Pencil Case
Why should you spend money on those cheap plastic pencil cases when you can make a custom denim case? Cut Out and Keep goes through the steps on how to make this adorable case. We think that this case trumps those plastic ones any day! Why? Because they can be thrown into the washer, so no more pencil dust will build up in the seams!
There is no limit to what you can do with old denim. All you have to do is have a bit of inspiration (like what you’ve found here in this article), imagination, and patience. Oh, and we can’t forget denim. You’ve got to have denim!