Great Uses Of Those Denim Jeans to Decorate For The Home

United States
March 21, 2007 9:56pm CST
I love denim. When our local thrift store has bag sales, I buy a garbage bag of denim jeans for $2.00. I use them for so many projects, from quilts to slip covers. Denim is just the best! Have you noticed that everyone loves denim for teens to adults and even toddlers? When my husband and I got married, we did not have any money. We cut a tree for Christmas and we had no tree skirt. It did not matter because we had a tree and we had each other. I always wanted a tree skirt though. They were just so expensive and I could not see paying that much money. I used some Chrismas material thrown under the tree for a couple year and then I decided that I wanted a tree skirt and I was going to have one. So I decided that I would make a denim one. I loved denim and I had some old jeans and I went to work making one. When It was finished, I loved it. This is a great way to make a denim Christmas Tree Skirt and the same materials are used to make a Ornament and card holder. Did I mention, it is never too soon to think of Christmas? It is time to begin those project to insure that they will be ready on time, thus reducing stress at Holiday time. Here are the directions. The tree Skirt looks great when completed. One of the great things about this tree skirt is that it will stay put, unlike those lighter fabric tree skirts. I am a firm believer that homemade is always better. Tree Skirt Cut legs off four pairs of jeans, 24" to 30" or desired length up from bottom. Cut inside seam open on each leg. On a large work surface, lay pieces out in a circle with hemmed edge of jeans at center. Fold under one cut edge of inseam and glue to next leg on top of cut edge using Super Fabric Textile Adhesive. Glue at a slight angle, making top narrower than bottom. Continue until there is one seam left. Do not glue together, only glue the edges under. Opening allows it to go around tree. Cut off the waistbands, cut very close to bands. If belt loops are below edge, cut around them and glue under edge. Unbutton and lay along lower edge of skirt, with button at point. Miter, if necessary. Put button through buttonhole of next band. Trim as needed or till it looks like you want it to. Glue bands in place. Cut fabric patches with pinking scissors. Iron on Fashion Designs if you like, following package directions. I did not use commercial patches. I used cookie cutters to cut out felt stars and such them I glued those on and later sewed them. I did not sew them till I was sure I had them where I wanted them at the end of the project. Brush Fast Grab Tacky Glue onto back of patches. Place around skirt 4" up from bottom. Fold top edge under. Glue in place. Thread wide ribbon through belt loops. Glue in place, leaving all buttons showing. Add Crystals or anything you would like on area above waistband and to patches as desired. ============================== Ornaments and Gift Card Holder Cut back and small coin pockets off jeans. Iron Fashion Designs and Crystals onto front of pockets, if desired, glue a fabric patch on before applying using Super Fabric Textile Adhesive Card Holder Glue a coin pocket to cardstock, using Fast Grab Tacky Glue. Glue ribbon to hang. The pocket is perfect size to hold a gift card. Add Crystals to paper corners. Ornament Cut out button fly area of jeans. Glue at top of pocket. Glue ribbon to outer buttons to hang on tree.
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@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
22 Mar 07
Boy it sure does sound like you LOVE denim in a big way. Good for you. I wish I was more creative. Where I would love to use it is in a quilt. I don't like sewing though so there goes that idea. I just love the look of a homemade quilt. I have seen some people make them out of their kids clothes (when they've grown out of them) and it looks so nice.
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@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
22 Mar 07
coolcatzz, There's no need to sew. There are so many good fabric glues on the margket now. Here's an idea for you. Make a quilt top using denim and craft glue. Once it is just the way you want it, find a local seamstress that will go over the seams for you with her machine and put a backing on it. Better yet, have the seams sewn down and then forget the backing. Both sides of jean material looks just fine to me. If you have her use different colors for the seaming it will add color to the quilt. She could also use a zigzag stitch to add a design element also. Don't worry about the seams unravelling when washing, it'll just make it look even neater and will only unravel to where the sewn seams are. My mom makes quilts but cannot do the actual quilting the backing on so she makes the quilt tops and takes all supplies to a real nice seamstress she found and she puts it all together and only charges her $50.00 for a queen size quilt. Have fun! My daughter made a catch-all bag for school with denim and fabric glue, no sewing. It lasted a long time!
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I will have to try some of them ideals, I like to make purses out of old jeans, just cut the legs off to the pockets and sew the shut and then use the seam off of the legs to make handles for it, kids just love them.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I have thought of making quilts from the old jeans and thanks for sharing the ideas too.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
Ok, I'm new to all of this, but I have really been bitten by the creative bug lately. I would love to try and be extremely crafty, but I just don't seem to have the ability! I would really love to be able to make purses. I love purses, but I hate paying so much for them. I have tried a couple of times, but they just end up a huge mess. I'll keep trying though!
@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
22 Mar 07
villageanne, I loved this post. Denim is one of my favorite fabrics too. One year way back in the 80's my church womens league made bible covers out of denim. We even made a few to sell in the annual church bazaar. A tree skirt is a great idea. I once asked our local thrift store for a bag of throwaway jeans. I got 6 pair for free. I will have to try the ornament or card holder ideas with my cubscouts this year. I just love recycling sturdy things into/for other uses.
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@Lionkitty (130)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I used to have a denim purse yrs ago when I was a teenager. I made by hand. I took the 2 back pockets & sewed them in front as pockets for whatever will be easy to grab. If I kept it that purse would beabout 30 yrs old now,
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Some good ideas. We too needed a tree skirt and so I was fortunate enough to find some pretty shiny fabric. We used that yearly until the fire. Now it might not be there. Hopefully we will find out this year. I like these crafty things too. Mine was a quilt and still want one for each kid. Beyond that I will have these ideas and probably can make a little money at my flea market selling a few of these skirts. Thanks alot!!
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@nancyrowina (3850)
22 Mar 07
I made a denim quilt and have a patchwork denim poncho I made myself it is a great fabric to recycle and can be picked up very cheaply. I have a load of denim circles left over from making the quilt I was thinking of decorating some cushion covers with them or something.
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@rainbow (6763)
22 Mar 07
I like you ideas, my mum and I covered my bed settee with old jeans sewn together when I was younger. I recovered my caravan cushions - the bed sized ones with black, grey and white camouflage denim, and 6 years of weekends away later with 2 kids it still looks like new. I liked your cork board idea but would never dare to have pins in the home due to my older sonms problems, lol. Maybe when they are older. At the moment I need washable things as the food flys at teatime, but was thinking of making a few big cushions for my sofas - the last ones I bought cost a fortune and got ruined. Maybe a nip down the charity shop and an afternoon with the sewing machine is due. thank-you for your useful recycling ideas!
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@Fishmomma (11383)
• United States
22 Mar 07
When I was a teenager, some of my denim jeans were used to make a purse and throw pillows for my room. I used denim for patches on my daughters jeans, as she loved climbing trees and girls jeans just weren't sturdy in the knees. She thought it was fun to decorate the patches, as she liked to have a different style and they really looked great.
@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
22 Mar 07
I have a friend who actually saved and acquired a bunch of old jeans and made a denim quilt. It was really nice - of course, she is a professional seamstress and designer, so she already has a lot of skill, but it was great! She even used patches that had the pocket attached, so the quilt had a couple of pockets.
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