There’s something comforting about slipping on a good pair of denim jeans. We wear them until they are worn out and sometimes buy them to look already worn in. The obsession we have with blue jeans means we may accumulate a pile of sturdy jean fabric to make these denim upcycling ideas.
Denim Upcycling Ideas
From DIY home goods to refashioned accessories there are enough denim upcycling ideas to clear the thrift store shelves of jeans.
DIY Frayed Denim Pouch
Use a portion of a pair of old jeans to create this simple frayed edge zipper pouch.
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Upcycled Denim Luggage Tags
Use this free sewing pattern and tutorial to make your own upcycled denim luggage tags.
DIY Denim Rug
There are denim upcycling ideas from floor to ceiling. Turn a stack of jeans into a DIY rug.
How to Reuse Denim Jeans Seams
Learn how you can use up every last scrap of denim from your jeans upcycle projects.
Woven Denim Basket
Update a wire basket with woven denim strips. Tip: search thrift stores for vintage wire baskets.
DIY Coasters Made from Jeans
Make a set of upcycled denim coasters from the pockets of jeans. They make great gifts!
Upcycled Denim Placemats
Create a set of beautiful denim placemats with frayed details. One pair of jeans will make one placemat.
Upcycled Denim Quilt Mat
Learn how to make this beautiful quilted mat from a pair of jeans. You’ll also learn how to make a pillow using the same technique.
DIY Denim Feathers
Claire is a genius of upcycling ideas, especially with denim jeans. These feathers are a great way to use up denim scraps.
DIY Jeans Bag
If you’ve never made a DIY jeans bag, you should. Here is an easy to follow tutorial that’ll have you packing your bags.
Upcycled Denim Baby Shoes
DIY baby projects are some of the most fun things to make. And these denim shoes are some of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.
When you’ve used up the rest of your denim with other upcycled projects, turn the felled seams into a basket.
Upcycled Denim Star Bean Bags
Create upcycled denim bean bags for some DIY backyard fun.
Upcycled Christmas Decorations
This denim upcycling ideas list wouldn’t be complete without some handmade Christmas decorations. These tabletop trees can be customized in so many ways to match your holiday theme.
Upcycled Jeans Backpack
Learn how to create a denim backpack from a pair of jeans.
DIY Denim Tote
Turning an old pair of jeans into a tote bag is a great upcycle project. This is another way to take advantage of the durability of denim and would make a great market tote.
DIY Wreath with Denim and Felt Roses
Use the felled seams of denim jeans to wrap a wreath form. Add a pop of color with DIY felt roses.
DIY Denim Basket Tutorial
Learn to make a sturdy denim scrap rope basket with this picture tutorial.
Make this upcycled denim purse from your old jean legs. There’s a second option to create a beautiful woven bag too.
Denim Jacket Refashion
Turn those old pairs of jeans into a DIY denim jacket.
Wave the American spirit in the wind with a DIY American Flag Windsock made with denim jeans.
Upcycling Ideas Denim Potholders
These DIY denim potholders are one of those “why didn’t I think of that” projects. Use the back pockets and belt loops to make DIY potholders.
Denim Jeans Upcycling Idea
Not only is a DIY tote an easy project to make, but this video tutorial is also mesmerizing.
DIY Denim Pouch Upcycled Craft
I can’t get over this idea! Everyone is getting a little jeans pocket for Christmas this year.
DIY Wall Organizer
This is a great way to use up jeans pockets while creating some vertical organization.
Denim Stuffed Animals
Give your old jeans new life by turning them into denim stuffed animals. They are more durable than many store-bought stuffed animals. You can find free stuffed animal patterns here.
Upcycled Denim Purse
This cute bucket bag was created from an old pair of jeans and some fabric scraps. Make sure to watch her other inspiring videos while you’re over there!
Upcycled Denim Backpack
When my husband offered me an old pair of Levis, I turned them into a small backpack for our toddler. The felled seams, pockets, and stitching details helped bring the design together.
DIY Denim Throw Pillow
With some careful cutting and piecing you can sew a brand new chevron denim pillow made from upcycled jeans.
Easy Denim Pouch
Have leftover denim scraps from your other upcycling projects? Use them up by making these denim pouches with this easy to follow tutorial.
Woven Denim Basket
Create a very sturdy woven basket using just denim scraps.
Upcycled Denim Rug
Who wouldn’t want this beautiful denim rug in their home? Get all the details on how to make your own.
How to Mend Jean Holes
Before you start cutting into well-worn jeans, have you considered hand-mending? Here’s how to get started.
Do these upcycled jeans projects have you sorting through your old jeans? I hope you’re inspired to turn those denims into something new and useful. Share your denim upcycling ideas in the comments below.