It always seems like a shame and a waste to throw away a perfect good pair of jeans away, so here are five ways you can repurpose them. Denim is totally in right now, so get new items of denim clothing and denim accessories pretty much for free when you wear through your jeans.
If you’re not much of a seamstress, you can’t go wrong with some good old bunting. It’s now spring, so get that festival-chic look in your home with some snazzy denim bunting. The great thing about this is that you can use other old scraps of fabric as well to create a free new decorative feature for any room of the house.
Had your eye on a new denim handbag? Now you can make your own with an old pair of jeans. The two best options here are to either make a smaller over-the-shoulder bag just by using the back pocket section, or you can make a larger tote with the whole top section of your jeans. The possibilities are, pretty much, endless. The only advice I will give is to work with the existing structure of the jeans.
If you love the fit and feel of your jeans, you can easily turn them into a cute skirt. Just cut off the legs and cut down the groin seam (although this is probably already gone) for the base of your skirt. Then, you can add any amount of material you like to the base of this to create a skirt in whatever length you prefer. Vintage ra-ra skirts or gypsy skirts work particularly well here, as the ruffles in the fabric hide a multitude of sins, both in the body and the sewing departments.
Creating a top out of your old pair of jeans probably requires the most skill of all of these repurposing projects. Don’t be put off, though, as it’s still fairly simple. You can make a basic crop top by wrapping a section of one of the jean legs around your torso, and then using smaller strips of jean fabric to create chunky straps.
Make a super-casual cushion cover with your old pair of jeans. In fact, you can make multiple with just one old pair. As when making a bag, remember to work with the existing structure, so you can either use sections of leg and sew on the open ends, or use the whole top section of your pair of jeans. With these funky denim cushion covers, pretty much anything goes so feel free to get creative!