DIY Idea: Turn Jeans into Textural, Recycled Wall Art!

created at: 01/16/2012

We’ve made bowls and bins from jeans, but now it’s time to make a little somethin’ somethin’ for those bare walls: highly textural and striking recycled denim wall art!   


This DIY idea comes from Bel Rossa Boutique, a blog and Etsy shop featuring hand-crafted textiles created from salvaged materials.  Inspired by the book “Layered, Tattered and Stitched” by Ruth Rae, these denim canvases are pretty simple to make (although a little time consuming)!

created at: 01/16/2012

While there isn’t a tutorial on Bel Rossa, she suggests cutting your denim into strips and then sewing them one-by-one onto a fabric backing, working in layers.   Continue Reading

How to Turn a Pair of Jeans into Storage Bins

A great up-cycle project that results in cute storage bins? Perfection! Betz White is the mastermind behind the project, which includes instruction on how to make a large, medium and small denim bin. Besides the jeans, we’ll need some lining fabric, interfacing, quilt batting and rick rack. Head on over to Craftzine to get started. For another jeans up-cycle project, check out this blue jean bowl!

More Ways to Recycle Your Old Jeans

A while back Chris posted links to some great denim recycling projects. Now, thanks to Life Hackery, here’re even more ways to prolong the lives of those beloved blue jeans.

  • Turn the legs into door draft-stoppers.
  • Turn the legs into heating pads.
  • Cut the material into strips and use it to weave, knit or crochet something. LH suggests a throw rug, but my pick would be this denim bag.
  • Use jean pockets to make a hanging organizer.
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How To Make an Apron Out of Old Jeans.

A ounce of prevention is worth some unnecessary stain-stick and a load of laundry. Protect your clothes while cooking, crafting, or tablesawing with this cool how-to via CraftyCrafty:

“We’ve all got an old pair of jeans lying around somewhere that’s
either gone out of style or no longer fits us (and if not, charity
shops and thrift stores can’t get rid of the things). So take some
scissors to your old denim and get stitching, with this easy to follow pattern. Continue Reading