As one of the most durable fabrics in the closet, denim is often praised for its reusable and hand-me-down quality. Denim has also been recognised for its ability to be cut and transitioned into warm-weather wear. The days of turning full-length pieces into just vests and shorts are long behind us, as green and DIY enthusiasts continue to develop more creative ways to recycle your favourite pair of jeans. Many denim remake projects require only basic crafting skills and minimal time.
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Trace an old baby bib outline onto leftover denim for a durable front, and back the bib with any vibrant leftover fabric or inexpensive scraps from a yardage store. Use pant legs, jacket backs or any section of the denim without pockets or detailing. Babies go through bibs quickly, so this project is perfect for a crafter with a little one at home or on the way. Decorate with colour-coordinating ribbon for a stripe across the denim. Denim bibs would also make great gifts for baby showers or birthdays.
No matter how many pot holders you have, they always seem to go missing or get dirty. The perfect use for the back pockets of jeans, squares surrounding the pockets can be cut out, stuffed with filler, and finished with a heat-resistant fabric. Oven gloves make fun housewarming gifts.
The pocket part of jeans can also be used to make purses. Small pouch versions that just comprise the pocket can be made for younger girls, with a strip cut from the leg for a small strap. For ladies who need to carry around a few more necessities, both the front and back pocket sections can be cut at the crotch and sewn together to create a tote, similarly using the leg fabric for straps. These tote bags can be lined with fabric scraps on the inside to create a more finished and fun look.
For culinary crafters, front or back pocket sections could be cut at the side seams and used as the apron front. Use leg fabric to create a tie at the waist, and apron lengths could be both short or long. A denim apron will keep your new jeans clean, and leave you with pockets for cooking utensils, recipes or the corkscrew that always gets misplaced.
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