Upcycle Denim

by Ramona on April 24, 2015


Good Morning!

I’ve been pondering all week what I should write for this week’s blog. Then a friend emailed me wondering what to do with her old jeans; she doesn’t want to give them away because she doesn’t feel they are good enough, but she said she’d rather re-purpose them and get in some much needed sewing experience.

She is a beginning sewist. She has some limited garment experience and this year her goal is to take apart some old garments to get experience working with different fabrics. I think this is a fabulous idea. It gives an opportunity to learn about fabrics. She is already familiar with the characteristics from having worn the garments she now wants to re-purpose them. She wants to just cut the garments apart, learn about what needle to use, how the fabric needs to be supported with interfacing, what stitch length would be best, and just have an enjoyable time learning and not worrying about perfecting a garment. I reminded her to make a notebook and keep notes about what she learns so she will have that information as a jumping off point when she works with the same type of fabric again.

I spent some time one evening this week scouting out some websites to give her ideas on how to re-purpose her jeans. I thought perhaps you’d find some ideas you might like to use as well. As I was searching, I also came across this information on the Levi Strauss website: 3,000 year old jeans!

old jeans








Please, if you find any others, share them on our ASG Facebook page. It’s always fun to see what others are doing and how creatively folks use their discarded clothing. Do you see anything on any of these sites you think you would like to create?

Sew ‘til next time…enjoy the journey of sewing!


These are the links to the websites; because these links are to other websites, please be careful not to accidently click on any ads you don’t want to view. Here are a couple of things that caught my eye, but there are a lot of ideas available by clicking on each link.

wall art








napkin rings








lunch bag














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