How would you refashion it? (Jeans)

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This weeks question is: How would you refashion a pair/stack of jeans?

Share your links and ideas with me in the comments and I will include them into the post together with some of my favourite jeans refashions.

This was also posted on Wardrobe Refashion where you can check out other refashionista’s lovely refashions too.

Ideas
Let’s have a look at all the ideas for jeans refashioning that were contributed from Wardrobe Refashion and Grey Duckling:

  • “As you’ve got a lot of pairs, have you thought about a chair cover?” says Fiona from The Eco Stitcher
  • “My first-ever refashion was a throw blanket made from all of my old pairs of jeans. I used the different washes to make a “round the world” pattern, then used other bits of leftover fabric around the edges. On top of those non-denim sections, I sewed on the back pockets from the jeans I had cut up. The pockets hung over the edge of the bed and were great for storing things like a tv remote, a small paperback, or my glasses.” says Jilly Bean from Knit Like a Rock Star
  • “I cut up a stack of old jeans and made a quilt says Maggie from Pearl Schell
  • “I once used a pair of jeans to make a onesy for myself” says Victoria Clark
  • “You should call past the Ecouterre recycled denim challenge Hun. There is so much inspiration there” says Stephanie from moobeardesigns
  • “Maybe use a yoke (like what you did for the black linen pants convert) and make gores from the other jeans, providing they aren’t too heavy weight. I’ve made jeans quilts and placemats, totes, music stand carriers from jeans, too” says Wendy
  • “I like the idea of turning the top part into a short skirt and adding layered frills to the bottom. The overall skirt should be above the knee.” says Cherrie from willywagtail
  • “The last issue of Marie-Claire Idees (a French magazine) had an example of strips of cut off jeans and woven onto a peg loom to create a rug.
    A previous issue was focusing on denim, and there was a few nice ideas. For instance a denim covered board on which back pockets, lighter pockets and belt loops from different jeans had been sewn to create a kind of desk organiser board.”
    says Cecile
  • “I made my dog a pillowcase and I want to make a blanket next” says Bethany from MrsMulticraft

That’s all the ideas you sent me for now. But if you have anymore keep them coming in the comments and I will add them to the post.I am loving  all the ideas and I will make something from my pile of jeans asap.

Now for the ideas I found:

This is a follow on from the ‘How would you refashion it? (purple skirt)‘ post from last week which has been updated to include a list of comments and ideas for refashioning skirts into new and exciting clothes items. I made my own refashion this weekend which I will reveal at the end of the week. So keep tuned for that!

12 Responses

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  4. Grey Duckling
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    […] couple of weeks ago I asked you how you would refashion jeans. I got quite a few comments with your ideas and I have added them to the post. This post is what I […]

  5. […] there is still time. This time we looked at jeans and the response was great. I have updated the jeans post with all your ideas and a couple of my own and I will go on to doing some refashions with jeans […]

  6. Bethany Hall
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    I made my dog a pillowcase:
    http://mrsmulticraft.blogspot.com/2008/09/while-c
    Which I need to mend actually a seam came apart in the dryer the last time I washed it. That's what I get though for using cheap thread.

    I want to make a blanket next. I also plan to take two pairs of my "flare leg" jeans and turn them into skinny jeans. I need some pretty badly and have no money to spend on clothes. Also trying to do the wardrobe refashion pledge so refashioning is necessary.

    I've made some pants bigger by adding a panel down the side so I could keep wearing them despite gaining weight in the last 5 years.

    Currently have a huge stack of jeans to refashion in some way that my mom gave me as well as a huge pile from ages ago. *sigh*

    I've made skirts, bags, and cut some up into squares. That's where I'm at so far!

  7. Cecile
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    A few ideas of non-garment uses for jeans:

    The last issue of Marie-Claire Idees (a French magazine) had an example of strips of cut off jeans and woven onto a peg loom to create a rug.

    A previous issue was focusing on denim, and there was a few nice ideas. For instance a denim covered board on which back pockets, lighter pockets and belt loops from different jeans had been sewn to create a kind of desk organiser board.

    I remember seeing online as well a while back (and I can't find it anywhere now), an example of a sewing or knitting project basket which had been created using the top of jeans, cut off at crotch level and lined. The pockets made great place to keep scissors, needles and such.

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

    I have to say I am tempted by the idea of making a short skirt out of an old pair of jeans myself…

  8. cherrie
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    I like the idea of turning the top part into a short skirt and adding layered frills to the bottom. The overall skirt should be above the knee.

  9. Jane Austen dress refashion
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  10. Wendy
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    Maybe use a yoke (like what you did for the black linen pants convert) and make gores from the other jeans, providing they aren't too heavy weight. I've made jeans quilts and placemats, totes, music stand carriers from jeans, too. Happy re-fashoning!

  11. Stephanie
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    You should call past the Ecouterre recycled denim challenge Hun. There is so much inspiration there… http://www.ecouterre.com/recycleddenimchallenge/

    While you are there you can vote for my recycled denim bibs which made it as a finalist hehehe is that really naughty or what but I think you will find so much there… http://www.ecouterre.com/recycleddenimchallenge/

    xo Steph

  12. Maggie
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    I cut up a stack of old jeans and made a quilt…well it's still not quite finished, but sooo warm.
    http://pearlschell.blogspot.com/2010/07/its-been-