I was rummaging through my closet the other day and I noticed that I had built up a pretty good supply of old denim jeans that I was unlikely to ever wear (or be able to wear.. ) again. Ditto for both my husband and my kids who have now outgrown numerous items made of denim from jeans to jackets. I don’t know about you, but I suspect this may be the case with many readers.
I then got to thinking about what a waste it would be to just throw these old garments away. Unfortunately donating isn’t an easy option where I live as that would be a good alternative too. So I began to think of ways I could repurpose or recycle all of this wonderful blue, black and white cotton denim.
One of the things denim is known for is that it just lasts and lasts. Such a durable and long-life fabric creates terrific opportunities to reuse, repurpose and recycle after it has been used as a pair of jean or a jacket. You could probably even recycle denim a couple of times before it would wear out.
So I put together this roundup of 101 Creative Ideas to Recycle Denim Jeans. I hope it will give you some inspiration for getting all that lovely denim back to work.
If you want to learn how to sew denim for both new and recycled denim projects, we’ve done a whole article on this wonderful fabric and how best to sew with it.
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