Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jeans & Denim: Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed

While perusing the world of recycled and upcycled denim and repurposed jeans, I noticed that there were some really dated recycled jean skirt projects floating around out there on the internet! People have been recycling denim for ages, cutting off jean legs to make shorts, making skirts, pot holders and the like, but it takes ingenuity and a sense of modern style to create something fresh and new. Check out the projects and items below, which I think offer a refreshing relief from the same old recycled denim crafts!  

Handmade upcycled denim flag by Hatchettdesigns via Etsy


Upcycled denim doggie bed via pinterest

Corsage made from old jeans by Tea Rose Home. Get the DIY here

Denim jeans sofa

Upcycled denim chair cushions by Michelle Made Me 

Three colour union jacked A3 wall hanging

set of three denim pillows, faith/hope/love pillows, OOAK

Denim placemats made from old jeans. DIY from Today's Nest

Denim rose jewelry

Recycled Cotton Knapsack with Vintage Motorcycle Transfer
Upcycled denim knapsack by pompompurses via Etsy

American Eagle Purse
Purse made from old jeans by Dee via Etsy

HAND PRINTED & hand dyed upcycled 1980s vintage guess denim skirt

Skirt from Geology

Recycled denim maxi skirt by Trinkets in Bloom

Recycled Denim Gowns
Recycled denim gown

Don't have any old jeans that you're willing to sacrifice? 
Find them for a few bucks at your local thrift shop!

 What do you think?

Which is your favorite?

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  1. I love the flag, the chairs, the up cycled denim tote, the denim sneakers AND I really love the quilt!

    I'm going to go and check out your etsy shop. :)

  2. Great ideas! Thank you for pulling these together - especially love the upholstered chairs!

  3. I just discovered your blog, and promptly added it to my bloglovin! love it! I featured it today on my blog!

  4. I have always loved denim!!! I really like the rugs and furniture, Oh and purses of course =)

  5. This is so interesting i love all the ideas!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the post : )

  6. Fun ideas...that quilt is my favorite!

  7. How do I find the pattern for the upcycled demin tote bag. I think I could do it on my own, but would like something to reference.

  8. Heel leuk. Ik maak ook tassen, plaids en poefs van oude spijkerbroeken.
    zie deze link

    leuke blog.

  9. love the whale its the cutest thing! do you know where i could get the pattern? :) x

  10. I love all, the sneakers, the lamp, the chairs, the skirt..... but the whale is so cute :) Thank you for sharing. Looking for you on Etsy :)

  11. Hi, nice post! Just curious... what was the source for the quilt image? Would love to know if there's a tutorial out there. Happy blogging :)

  12. I've seen a lot of things made out of old jeans before but this is the best collection I've seen! You have such great ideas, I love the flag and upholstered chair! Great ideas!

  13. Muy hermoso, gracias por compartir tus ideas.

  14. Love all these ideas about up-cycling jeans!

    We make completely unique and original jeans with only pre-existing denim materials. Check it out over at

    We love your blog, keep up the great work!!

  15. Wow these are all amazing! I loved the tote bag, all chairs and the star patchwork throw the best i think, very hard to choose just one favorite. I'll definitely be trying some of these projects.

  16. Love the idea all gorgeous bags, upholstered chairs and stools.
    Will definitely try some out.


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