The legs of jeans are
great for making those "bags" that hold the plastic bags you get from
the grocery store or your local MegaMultiMart... attach or make a
loop at the top to hang it and gather the bottom part with elastic...
You shove the bags up inside for storage and then just pull them out
when you need one...
The back pocket of jeans, skirts, etc can be left on the "butt", cut out
the whole section and sew as the front of a small pillow: perfect for
the tooth fairy, little love notes, etc... Even when the pocket is
"empty", it is still full of love!
The bottom most part of a pants leg is often a good size for cutting
off, gathering / finishing the raw edge and, voila, a skirt for a
The legs also make good draw string pouches in general... and since they
are natural fiber, you can store stuff in them that "needs to
Use skirts in much the same way... sew the bottom shut, attach a handle
and you have a shopping bag or a handy (and cute!) bag for your children
to gather toys into when "picking up"...
Also use sturdy pieces from other items to make patches for jeans that
have tears in the knee, etc... Put the patch on the outside, rag the
edges, and it can make the pants look "cool" for a pickier child... Or
heck, it's just fun and cute!
Denim is great for making tough dog toys or covering the corners of
furniture where a kitty-cat likes to scratch... if you have a fabric
covered piece of furniture, use safety pins and replace the denim as
If you use cloth diapers, denim is a nice thick diaper cover...
Cut off old pockets and sew them onto or into shopping bags for a place
to store a small note pad, your shopping list, a calculator, pen, etc...
Layers of denim sewn together make great "pot holders" or "kitchen
Take two layers of denim, sew them together, fill with dry rice and add
a little lavender and you can microwave it to make a warmer / soother
for your neck, feet, hands, whatever... just make certain that there are
no rivets, etc, in the pieces of denim that you use!
Long, thin strips of "ragged" denim can be used to decorate "primitive"
ornaments, tie together wooden spoons for a "country" gift, tie back
hair, etc... Really unlimited uses on this one!
Applique denim "patches" on sweatshirts to make them "country" (and they
last longer!!!)... also good for patching the elbows of jackets,
other denim shirts, etc...
My friend's, friend wrote:
Happy recycling & creating!
I made a lot of Ragged
Pillows for the craft shows this year, I could not keep up with the
The "butt bags" are just
the top of the jeans. Cut off the legs just below the crotch. Sew across
the bottom and put some handles on. Louise, my god-mother, tries to dress
up the outside a bit with trinkets, jewelry, flowers, just about anything
she can get to stick on. There is a show on HGTV that made one today,