Five Creative Ways to Repurpose Jeans | Scoop Sorority

Denim trends are always changing. Skinny jeans and jeggings are out, while mom jeans are in. Don’t know what to do with your old, out-of-style denim? Instead of throwing them away, try to repurpose jeans!

Here are five easy-to-do projects you can complete at home:

Denim Cocktail Napkins

You’ll need: 

  • Old Jeans
  • Blue Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

How to Do It: 

  1. Lay out your old pair of jeans and cut four 19 x 15-inch rectangles from the fabric.
  2. For each rectangle, take one side and fold it 1/4″ inch in. Then, fold it in by another 1/4″ and iron it. Hold the folded fabric together with sewing pins. 
  3. Repeat this step for each of the fabric’s other edges. Sew along the folded edge in a straight line. Reinforce it when you get to the ends, and repeat this step on every side.  
  4. Iron the sewed fabric until flat! Your cocktail napkins are good to go!

Coffee Cup Sleeve 

You’ll need:

  • Old Jeans 
  • Scissors 
  • Pin 
  • Fabric Glue or Sewing Machine 

How to Do It: 

  1. Cut off 2.5 inches of fabric at the ankle of the jeans. 
  2. Slide the fabric over the tumbler. Locate the parts that did not fit properly and fold the excess fabric over so the fabric fits snugly around the cup. 
  3. Now, pin the fabric in place. 
  4. Use a sewing machine or fabric glue to secure the fabric. 

Denim Scrunchies

You’ll need: 

  • Elastics
  • Scissors
  • Old Jeans 
  • Safety Pins

How to Do It: 

  1. Cut a 10-inch elastic from an elastic spool. Alternatively, you can cut a thick rubber band in two so it lies flat. 
  2. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic. Use this end to feed the elastic through the tube of denim. 
  3. Stitch together both ends of the elastic in a circle. Then, close the denim edges together. There you have it – a homemade denim scrunchy!

Notebook Cover

You’ll Need: 

  • An old pair of jeans
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors 

How to Do It: 

  1. Cut off the bottom part of the jean leg. Now, use your scissors to cut horizontally along the jeans to open them up.
  2. Fit the jeans fabric to the notebook, making sure there is extra fabric around the edges. 
  3. Cover the notebook with the fabric and fold the fabric over the ends of the notebook cover. Stitch the top and bottom ends of the cover closed, starting from the inside out.

Denim Headband

You’ll Need:

  • Old jeans
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread

How to Do It: 

  1. Grab your scissors and start by cutting off the bottom hem of the jeans. 
  2. Cut along the side of the jean leg to create a long rectangular panel. Cut the panel into two pieces: a larger 19″ x 4” panel and a smaller 9″ x 2” panel. The large panel will be used for the main part of the headband. The smaller panel will surround the elastic.
  3. Fold each piece of fabric lengthwise in half. Make the right sides meet, and press the fabric together along the folded edge. 
  4. Stitch the edges together, leaving a ⅜” seam. Turn both pieces right-side out.
  5. Tuck the edges of the smaller panel in about ½” and push the edges inside. Set this piece aside.
  6. Fasten a safety pin to the end of your elastic. Funnel it through the fabric. Pin the elastic so it stays even with the end of the fabric. Make the fabric scrunched around the elastic and pin the elastic on the other side. 
  7. Now, stitch the fabric and elastic together across both ends of the headband. 
  8. Stitch through all layers of fabric and elastic on both ends to secure the elastic.
  9. Tuck one end of the elastic into the opening of the larger headband piece and fasten it there. Match up the edges of the smaller and larger panel, folding over excess fabric around the middle of the headband for a decorative touch.

Repurpose your jeans with all these projects, and never let your denim go to waste!

What is your favorite way to repurpose jeans? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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