7 Unbelievable Things You Can Make From Old Jeans

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Got some unloved, worn-out jeans lingering at the back of your wardrobe? Give those ol' blues a new lease of life with one – or more – of these  clever upcycling projects. 

Old jeans never die, they just get repurposed.   

1. Denim Baby Bib



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Barring the stuff they make bulletproof vests from, denim is pretty much the toughest fabric on the planet, which makes it perfect bib material, because bibs go through a helluva lot.

This cute project from blog Happy Hooligans is simplicity itself. All you need is a pair of old jeans (obvs), some fabric for the reverse of the bib, a bib to copy the pattern from, a sewing machine and some velcro. 

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2. Bleach-Pen Illustration



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If your jeans are still in wearable condition but you've simply grown bored of them, why not take up blogger  Goldfish Kiss'  suggestion and give them a makeover using a bleach pen and a little creativity?
Simply place some aluminium foil inside the leg of your jeans – so that the bleach doesn't bleed through to the other side of the leg – then get busy with the artistry.

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3. Denim Bracelet



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If you're chopping up an old pair of jeans to use as upcycled fabric then you may have the chunky in-seams left over.

Don't go throwing them out, as you can fashion a natty 'shabby chic' bracelet from them, as demonstrated by blogger  Mich L In LA .

You'll need wire to thread through the in-seam, a bead for each end and a pair of pliers to bend the wire-ends off. Once complete, wrap your bracelet around a jar or bottle to give it its shape. 

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4. Denim Tote Bag



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The denim tote bag is an upcycling classic: it's hard-wearing, looks cool and takes only minimal sewing skill to make.

Blogger  Christie Chase  reckons the bag above took her about two hours to create, using a sewing machine, denim from four different pairs of old jeans, a fabric lining and a magnetic snap for closure. Now it's your turn!

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5. eBook Reader Cover



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Give your eBook reader an on-trend jacket to wear with this natty idea from blogger Punk Projects.
You'll need a pair of old jeans, an eBook cover to re-cover, spray adhesive, and – optionally – flat-backed rhinestones and some super-glue to attach them with.

No sewing required, and it's guaranteed to draw admiring glances on the morning commute.

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6. Denim Coaster



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Cork is, like, soooo last year – so give your drinks and flower vases something chic to sit on with this cool coaster project from  craft blogger Sierra .  

You'll need the in-seams from a retired pair of jeans, some fabric glue and a needle-and-thread.

Sew the two in-seams together to make one extra-long in-seam, then simply roll it up into a coil, applying fabric glue as you go. And then voila: one tough and trendy piece of homeware.

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7. Denim Hair Bow



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You can use those off-cuts up on these dinky hair-bows, courtesy of blog  Salute To Cute .

As you can see, there are an infinite number of variations to be had. The basic template is easy but don't be afraid to let your imagination run wild.

Cut a rectangle of denim (22cm x 8cm for a large bow, 17cm x 4cm for a smaller bow); fold the ends over to meet in the middle, turning the rectangle into a square; sew the open sides together; pinch the square to create a bow shape, sew it into place, then super-glue it to a hair clip. Aaaand... done!

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