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Uses for old jeans

December 11, 2009 • Paige

Don’t throw your old jeans in the trash. There are just too many things you can do with them.

When I get a pair of jeans for my fabric stash, I cut along the seams to harvest as much fabric as possible. I save the seams that go down the outside of each leg to tie up tomato plants or tie up extra extension cords. Why throw any piece away if you can put it to use?

If you have a fire pit in your yard, the leftover denim scraps make pretty good kindling for starting a fire. Just stuff some scraps into an empty toilet paper tube.

Make denim pillows and small purses from sections of the legs or the top portion.

Use the leftovers from one pair of jeans to patch another.

With a couple layers of old towels or even t shirt material as padding, you can make hot pads for the kitchen, or place mats for your table. Don’t worry about straight lines or beautiful sewing, just call them “art” – that is what works for me!

Denim quilts and throws are fun and fairly easy to make if you have a sewing machine. This is what I’m doing with my stash of denim. I have been collecting old jeans for about a year and I almost have enough to make a queen sized blanket. I went with the “circle denim quilt” design for mine. Here is a great “how-to” for the denim circle quilt!

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