10 More Ways to Re-Purpose Old Jeans

Great Ideas For Upcycling Those Old Jeans is one of my most popular posts so I thought I’d see if i could find some other ideas for repurposing old jeans.  I tried to find ideas that go beyond the normal making a bag or skirt out of them.

A Cultivated Nest: 10 ways to upcyle old jeans

The following are some of the best creative ways to repurpose old jeans.

denim covered journal

Make a pretty denim covered journal from Life Made Creations.


denim pencil cube

Repurpose old jeans into a pencil cube. Tutorial at Crafts n’ Coffee

upcycled jeans made into a camera bag

Make a camera bag from Evil Mad Scientist

diy denim shoes

How about making some slippers! Make your own foot wear from DoNight

upcyled jeans into a denim pouff

If you’re looking for a more challenging project, try this denim pouff from Michelle Made Me. She has a great tutorial.

denim fabric flowers

Make a bouquet of pretty fabric flowers with your old jeans – tutorial at  Crafts By Amanda

denimpouch for all your tech stuff made from old jeans

This tech caddy is from a  tutorial at Instructables

denim armrest

What a great idea! A denim armrest from Just Crafty Enough

upcycle old jeans into a fun tic tac toe game

Make a denim Tic Tac Toe game from The Wildcards

cute little denim pocket purses

Cute little denim pocket purses from BHG.

Hope you’ve found some inspiring ideas for repurposing those old jeans!

Check out my Upcycle Board on Pinterest for more ideas!

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    • Manuela says

      Thank you Rhonda! Seems like everybody has old jeans and most people don’t know all the wonderful things you make out of them. It’s such nice sturdy fabric!

  1. says

    Those are all so cute. I just came from a Sisters On The Fly campout where there was a lot of denim. We had a ‘garage sale’ with things some of the gals had made and collected. These would have been a big hit. I’ll have to think about making some for next year.

  2. says

    Such cute ideas! I love denim — I wear it daily and decorate it with it, too. I’m so excited that you shared the Denim Pencil Cube from Crafts ‘n Coffee — thank you! Sharon

    • Manuela says

      Oh good! I keep showing these ideas to my daughter but she just throws her holey jeans in the dog crate. Corey likes to sleep on them! If she was motivated she could make him a little denim patchwork quilt to sleep on made out of her jeans (which would look much nicer) :)

  3. says

    They are fun but nothing can touch your original tute..still the most original ideas I’ve seen…
    another I’ve done is to open up the seams on a pair of old jeans and spiral cut them about 1/2″ wide from the centre of the thigh area to make a continuous length, and make a crocheted rag rug, or a braided one if you don’t crochet, just braid the lengths together and sew them up into a circular, or square pattern….the unfinished edges add some interest and funkiness, and the resulting rug is super strong and interesting to look at..add some embellishments if you like, such as patches or appliques…

    • Manuela says

      Awww…I tried to find the more unusual ways of repurposing jeans. :)

      Your rug idea sounds good! I did see a couple of rugs that were braided when I was looking for ideas.

  4. says

    OK, I’m totally floored by these ideas. I love that notebook cover one and any of them that utilized the pockets. I also think the flower one would make a wonderful fall wreath with countryside colors. In fact, I’m planning to do one myself.

    My brain is just clicking clicking clicking with the idea of it.

    LOVE this post.

  5. Donna says

    LOVE the tic-tac-toe idea! I will definitely be making that for our game room and maybe an extra for the car! The kids would love it :-) Thank you!

  6. Cindy says

    Very cute ideas! I have also seen these woven jean bags that I want to try. It looks like a lot of work, but they look so wonderful!

    • Manuela says

      I know! So many great ideas out there for repurposing jeans. Thanks for dropping by~