If you’re like me you might have a pile of denim leftover from making jean shorts, skirts, or just plain worn-out jeans. During a recent cleaning session I came across this pile of denim and was brainstorming what to create from them. Btw…Thanks for all the great suggestions on FB & IG. :)
The back pockets of the jeans struck inspiration to create these diy coasters.
The results are better than I could have imagined and have now sorted through more jeans to create more of these denim coasters.
You can easily create these DIY coasters with your worn out jeans too.
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How to make DIY Coasters from Jean Pockets
One pair of worn out jeans makes two denim coasters. The unique stitching designs on the back pockets of jeans create fun designs on the DIY drink coasters.
Materials & Tools
- denim jeans with back pockets
- quilt batting or other stabilizer (I use byAnnie’s Soft & Stable)
- paper or cardboard to create a circle template
- sewing machine
- seam ripper
To make the pockets easier to work with, cut out the back pockets including both layers of denim.
Create two circle templates from a piece of paper or cardboard. One circle template should be 4″ and the other 3.5″.
Trace the larger circle template onto the pocket. It’s okay if the circle goes into the outer stitching of the pocket because it will be in the frayed edge.
Cut the circle from both layers of the pocket.
Trace the small circle template onto the batting or stabilizer and cut out.
Place the batting or stabilizer circle in between the two denim layers and pin or clip to hold.
Sew around the perimeter of the circle with a 1/4″ seam allowance or just outside the stabilizer layer.
Using a seam ripper, begin ripping slits to create the frayed edge. I also used a soft bristle brush on the frays to soften the edges.
That’s it! Now you have beautiful denim drink coasters to save your table tops from drink rings.
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Bonus! These diy coasters are machine washable. I recommend tossing them into a garment bag in the washing machine. Washing will only add character to the frayed edges and worn denim look.
A set of these denim diy coasters would make a great gift for a hostess or your mom.
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The unique back pocket decoration on jeans makes each set of denim coasters a one-of-a-kind.
Did you make my diy coasters from your jeans back pockets? Send a link in the comments below so I can see them and feature on Scratch and Stitch.