Shredded and abused, our favourite denims are probably the most overused pieces of clothing that we own. Their longevity is classic but with the changing fashion trends, you might not want to move around in an old style silhouette of denim pants any more. So what would you do with those old buddies? Here are some great ideas to recycle your jeans.
- Dining Mats and Table Runners
You can transform your old denim pants or jackets into custom dining mats and table runners. Show your creative side and design something that you can flaunt while eating!
You can use leftover fabric to make coasters that match with your table runners. It is simple to take up a stiff felt in your desired shape and then stitch or hot glue pieces of denim covering it. Instead of the felt, you can also use pieces of thick acrylic sheets. These coasters would add a very raw and rugged appeal to wherever you choose to keep them
- Edgy quilts
You will need to save quite a few discarded denim stuff for this but the outcome would be totally adorable. Cut out small strips or squares out of the fabric and put them back together in the form of a mini quilt stuffed with cotton or feather. Alternatively, you can make quilted pillows or cushions that would be a stylish addition to your bedroom décor
You can give your denims an entire makeover and wear them for another few years! Some of the ideas that you can try for redesigning them include ripping them around the knees or using a heart shaped stencil and fabric paint to give them a printed look. You could also add lace to transform it into a whole new thing
- Denim shorts
If you feel that the cut of your denim pants are way too outdated to be redesigned then you can simply cut them into half and wear them as casual shorts. The leftover fabric can be used for craft projects and for making small denim accessories
- Craft projects
Denim looks stylish even when it is not a part of apparel. You can use denim to make trendy book covers, wall hangings and decorative gift wraps. Just old denim pockets can be framed and displayed on the wall as a personal style statement. You can make mini stuffed toys for babies and cats too!
- Bags and wallets
There are numerous ways that you can try to make bags and wallets out of discarded denim. These look cool and can also be a personalized gifting idea for your friends. If you are not too good with stitching and pattern making, you can always ask someone to help
This sounds absurd but the truth is that if you are patient enough, you can weave denim straps into a string cot, seats and backs for lawn chairs, garden swings etc. Denim furniture looks truly amazing and certainly proves to be a conversation starter. The best part is that it looks as if it is an expensive designer product!
Endless variety of accessories can be created as a way of recycling old denims. You can make hair bands, unique denim stoles to cover your throat on a chilly morning, denim belts and more. Or you can use strips of different coloured denims to decorate your bags and shoes. Little denim bows or squares can be some of the options you can try
- Aprons and rags
If all fails or if you are not too ready to invest time in your old denims any more, even then you can put them to good use by wearing them as aprons with a little modification and by using chunks of salvaged fabric as dust cloths and handy rags for multi-purpose use
Denims have always been a wardrobe must have for men and women alike. Adding them to your home décor or putting them to alternate uses will add an interesting twist to their overall appeal. The casual rough character of the fabric adds an attractive element to the recycled products you make out of them.