Recycle your jeans

Recycle your jeans” is a “surprise” post, as “announced” last Monday :) I normally only post on Mondays, but because of the denim bag I wore once, I’m writing today :) Why?

Levi's jeans, now a bag!

Levi’s jeans, now a bag!

I write “my design” sometimes and it may lead to misunderstanding. I do sew some things, but sometimes I show my ideas to seamstresses, who sew them; they’re experts (when I am lazy!) :)

The denim bag was my idea, but not sewn by myself :) But it’s doable – here you can see how!

Star cutting the jeans. Source here

Start by cutting the jeans and sew them – source here

Sew handles and add them - source here

Sew handles and add them – source here

Add brooches, belts, scarves… something to spice the bag up, if you like!

Now, a DIY Denim Bag for Begginers. The handles are easier! Just add a nice scarf or bandana!

Source here

Source here

Other ideas to recycle your jeans!

Now, some of the things I’ve made by myself :)

A ribbon brooch, necklace and bracelet and a clutch made from a chocolate box

A ribbon brooch, necklace and bracelet and a clutch made from a chocolate box!

I hope you liked the “surprise” post and that you have a great week with beautiful smiles!

Thank you so much for your always so sweet comments!

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71 thoughts on “Recycle your jeans

  1. Super fun post! I made a bag akin to this when I was about 12 or 13 and used it more than any other bag for at least a couple of years. Denim makes for such a fantastic purse material. It’s strong, washable, and cute! I embellished mine with buttons back then, but if I were to make another now, I’d probably leave it plain or perhaps sew on some lace or pretty ribbon. There’s really no end to what you can do with a denim purse like this! :)

    Tons of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. Hello sweet Denise!!
    Wow!!What a great idea!!Fantastic Diy!!
    Well my dear friend,you are so creative and talented, indeed!
    I have a pair of jeans,i sure will make a denin bag like yours!Thank you for sharing!!
    Have a wonderful day!!Kisses!
    Dimi…

  3. I’m sorry you were feeling low yesterday, I do hope you are feeling better today. What was wrong?
    This bag is a clever idea, I like the recycling of something like this. The chocolate box is my ultimate favourite though!!!x

  4. Ma che bella idea che hai avuto Denise!!!
    E mi piace tanto anche il grembiulino da cucina! Però la più bella è la tua clutch fatta con la scatola di cioccolatini, è fantastica! 😀

  5. That’s so creative Denise. It’s great you have a vision for some clothes and accessories and you can then make it come to life with the help of your seamstress – congratulations. You should consider selling some of them on Ebay or Etsy because they are unique. I’ve thrown away quite a few pairs of jeans in my time so I should certainly consider how I can recycle them in future – thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Such a great idea! Another gal that I follow .. Mrs. C at MJOAT drew up a design for a kaftan dress and then had it made. I didn’t know that one could do that! I usually just take my pants in to a seamstress to be hemmed .. never thought I could maybe “design” something and have the seamstress sew it up :-)

    Monica.

  7. I think that it’s amazing and smart idea and what’s more – it’s a great way to recycle your old jeans, which normally you’d throw away :) Moreover, I have to say that denim is timeless, so this DIY will be always IN fashion 😉 And btw, you did amazing projects, especially I love this one with the necklace, great job, Denise 😉 Hope you’re having amazing and sunny Friday so far! :)

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

  8. Ma che splendida idea! Mi piace! Ho giusto un paio di jeans che potrei utilizzare, quasi quasi ci provo anche se non garantisco sul risultato. Io manualità zero!
    Un bacione e buon weekend carissima! :*

  9. I absolutely love this idea. So creative and I’m madly in to denim right now. Like you I don’t always do the needlework bit myself. Actually, I rarely do. I can sew but I don’t have a machine which really does restrict what you can do. But there is a fab retoucherie close to home which I call on regularly. It’s not so expensive and they do a first rate job – so much more professional than anything I could do. The only thing is I don’t have an old pair of jeans that I’d be happy to cut up right now. Perhaps a charity shop should be on my to-do list, ;). Tx

  10. Oh, I just love all the things you’ve come up with. I feel like I’ve been slacking on my arts and crafts project lately (although I did just put together a new photo wall for my living room, so that counts, right!?). One of these days I will have to steal my sewing machine back from my mother, because lord knows hand sewing can be a real pain in the you-know-what!
    Great job, and can’t wait to see what future crafts are in store!
    XO Amanda | sansscrubs.blogspot.com

  11. Oh, liebe Denise, das ist ja eine wundervolle Idee! Ich habe nämlich durchaus ein paar Jeans, die ich nicht mehr anziehe und die sich durchaus als Tasche eignen :) Danke! Und Du bist wirklich kreativ, mir gefallen auch Deine anderen Ideen wieder sehr gut – besonders in den Fotos aber wieder Du, weil Du so strahlst und eine Sonne für alle bist! Ich wünsche Dir von ganzem Herzen noch ein wunderbares Wochenende. Alles Liebe für Dich von Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  12. I love recycling! When I was in high school, I and my friends would always ask my mother to sew bags out of our old jeans…and she always did!

    This bag you designed is fantastic! such a great way to reuse our old jeans.

  13. How cool! I love all these creative ideas for re-using old jeans! I once made a backpack as a gift for a friend out of an old pair of jeans-I wish I had a picture! There’s so much inspiration in this post! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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