Cut up your old jeans instead of junking it. Here are 15 brilliant ways to repurpose them

We’ve all got a stack of jeans that we never wear that are taking up room in the back of our closet! Maybe they’re your “fat jeans” or perhaps you’re saving them for when you lose those extra 10 pounds. But between us – you haven’t worn them in years, right?
Instead of letting them continue to collect dust, or even worse – throwing them in the trash, we’ve got plenty of beautiful and creative ways to upcycle those old jeans. So start digging in your closet, because there are surely a few of these DIY projects you’ll want to try!
1. Denim hexagon pillow
Got a ton of old jeans lying around? Well, have we got the project for you! This stunning pillow only looks like you bought it at a designer store. Lil’ Luna has all the instructions you’ll need to making your very own upcycled denim pillow!
2. Embroidered hoop wall hanging
This adorable little wall hanging uses one piece of denim, which is perfect if you’ve got just one pair of jeans that you’re willing to part with. This craft from A Charming Project uses just a couple materials and minimal embroidery skills, so it is perfect for the beginner. (Though all you experts out there can make it more detailed if desired!)
3. Blake Lively’s cherry blossom boyfriend jeans
If you’ve got a pair of jeans that is a little distressed, but not quite ready to be cut up, this is the project for you! Make your very own show-stopping pair of jean inspired by Blake Lively without the $500 price tag! Brit + Co has a super detailed tutorial that’ll walk you through all the steps to making your own pair of these stunners using an old pair of jeans and just a couple other supplies.
4. Cosmetic case (or pencil case!)
Transform an old pair of jeans into an adorable cosmetic case or a pencil case. Handmadiya has put together a photo tutorial to show you just how to make it. You can even iron on some patches to really personalize it.
5. Denim hair bows
If you just have tiny scraps of your old jeans, this project is one way to upcycle those pieces of denim rather than tossing them in the trash. Salute to Cute has put together a tutorial that’ll walk you through the steps to take your jean scraps and turn them into adorable hair bows!
6. Upcycled jeans blanket
This is one of the most practical ways we’ve seen to transform your old denim into something completely useful (and did we mention cute, too?!). Lucky for you, Houseful of Handmade has a very detailed tutorial that makes it easy to follow. Before you know it, that stack of jeans will be gone and you’ll have a water-resistant blanket that’s perfect for pic
7. Denim wreath
This wreath can be hung on all occasions, and adds a little country flair to your home. Check out the instructions over at A Fish Who Likes Flowers.
8. Coffee sleeve
Calling all coffee lovers! This project will give you double points for being “green”! Crafty Staci’s tutorial shows you how to recycle old jeans; plus, you’ll never have to take those cardboard sleeves from your favorite coffee shop again. How’s that for being eco-friendly?!
9. Recycled denim basket
This denim basket can have so many uses, and it’ll be a unique addition to any room in your house. Head over to Oh Oh Blog for the steps.
10. Stuffed denim whale
This may just be the cutest denim transformation we’ve seen! If you’ve got any little ones in your life, or you just know someone who loves whales, check out the instructions over at Valaan Villapaita which have been translated into English for your convenience!
11. Party banner
Turn those old jeans into an adorable party banner. Keep it generic, like Skip To My Lou did so it can be used on any occasion, or customize it to say whatever you’d like!
12. Denim placemat
If you’re a little country at heart, you’ll love this denim placemat idea from The Rustic Soul. The pocket serves as an adorable place to store silverware!
13. Denim lunch bag
Follow the steps from Between the Lines, and your kiddo will have the cutest lunch bag in school! Plus, it’s a great way to recycle old jeans you’ll never wear again!

14. Denim ottoman
We are obsessed with this denim ottoman. While it may not exactly be the simplest way to upcycle your old jeans, it may be one of the most beautiful. If you love sewing, why not give it a try?! Find the tutorial over at Michele Made Me.
15. Woven coasters
If you’ve used up big pieces of denim for some of the other projects on this page, don’t throw away those seams that are left over! This easy project from Simple Things Notebook is a great way to use every little bit of your denim. Plus, it’ll save your tables from water rings!
Simple Things Notebook
Which project are you going to try first? Share the love and pass along this article to anyone you know with a stack of jeans just waiting to be transformed!

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