21 Ways To Repurpose Those Old, Ratty Jeans You Can’t Wear Anymore


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We've all got them…a pair (or 10) of old jeans that we really shouldn't be wearing anymore either because they have too many holes, don't fit, or are just out of style. Even if you've retired them from your repertoire, they continue to take up space in your wardrobe. If you can't bring yourself to donate them, there are tons of other ways to reuse your old jeans around your home.

Claim back your closet all while avoiding a painful goodbye!

1. Make a no-sew gardening belt.

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2. You can also just make them into shorts.

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3. If you cuff them, add some flare with a fun piece of fabric.

If you cuff them, <a href="https://sausagejar.blogspot.fr/2012/08/diy-pattern-up-your-denim-shorts.html" target="_blank">add some flare</a> with a fun piece of fabric.

Sausage Jar

4. Wear your old jeans around your neck with this cute accessory.

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5. Make a fun and functional camera case!

Make a fun and functional <a href="https://www.evilmadscientist.com/2007/make-a-camera-cozy/" target="_blank">camera case</a>!

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6. Don't waste any part of your jeans by using the seams for coasters.

Don't waste any part of your jeans by using the <a href="https://www.myrecycledbags.com/2010/05/16/recycled-denim-coaster/" target="_blank">seams for coasters</a>.

My Recycled Bags

7. You can also make this pretty woven version.

You can also make this <a href="https://simplethingsnotebook.blogspot.com/2012/12/making-woven-jean-seam-coasters.html?spref=tw&m=1" target="_blank">pretty woven version</a>.

Simple Things Notebook

8. This fun bucket bag has a bright, customizable lining.

This fun <a href="https://www.tashadelrae.com/2014/06/diy-bucket-bag-from-old-jeans.html" target="_blank">bucket bag</a> has a bright, customizable lining.

Tasha Delrae

9. No one will believe you when you tell them you made this jean pouch.

No one will believe you when you tell them you made this <a href="https://www.jessicarebelo.com/recycled-denim-pouch-bag-diy/" target="_blank">jean pouch</a>.

Jessica Rebelo

10. This clutch can act as a purse or a makeup bag.

This <a href="https://www.papernstitchblog.com/2016/05/11/how-to-transform-old-jeans-into-a-denim-clutch-in-about-an-hour/" target="_blank">clutch</a> can act as a purse or a makeup bag.

Paper & Stitch / Rachel Brewer

11. Not only is this picnic blanket made with old jean pieces, the carrying sash uses denim, too!

Not only is this picnic blanket made with old jean pieces, the carrying sash uses denim, too!

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12. Store just about anything in these cute jean baskets.

Store just about anything in these cute <a href="https://www.threadingmyway.com/2012/06/denim-fabric-baskets-tutorial.html" target="_blank">jean baskets</a>.

Threading My Way

13. Got a bunch of jeans? Turn them into a comfy poof!

Got a bunch of jeans? Turn them into a <a href="https://www.michelemademe.com/2011/09/drop-dead-denim-one-tough-pouf.html" target="_blank">comfy poof</a>!

Michele Made Me.

14. These placemats have a dedicated spot for all your cutlery.

<a href="https://www.todaysnest.com/todays-nest-1/2011/06/sweet-salvation-upcycled-denim-placemat.html?rq=denim" target="_blank">These placemats</a> have a dedicated spot for all your cutlery.

Today's Nest

15. Get cooking with adorable jean aprons.

Get cooking with adorable <a href="https://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2010/05/levi-apron.html" target="_blank">jean aprons</a>.

A Girl & A Glue Gun

16. This shorter option is also cute.

This <a href="https://www.craftfoxes.com/how_tos/apron-pattern-jean-front" target="_blank">shorter option</a> is also cute.

Craft Foxes

17. Not only are these jean organizers stylish, they're practical, too!

Not only are these <a href="https://homemademodernblog.com/2015/03/denim-pocket-organizers-trend-alert.html" target="_blank">jean organizers</a> stylish, they're practical, too!

Home Made Modern

18. But if you really want to go all out with jean art, this is the way to go.

But if you <em>really</em> want to go all out with <a href="https://belrossa.blogspot.it/2011/09/denim-sunburst-textile-art.html" target="_blank">jean art</a>, this is the way to go.

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19. These baby bibs are the cutest things I've ever seen.

These <a href="https://treasuresrenewed.blogspot.pt/2011/03/western-blue-jean-baby-bib.html" target="_blank">baby bibs</a> are the cutest things I've ever seen.

Treasures Renewed

20. Keep all your kid's toys together in these jean bins.

Keep all your kid's toys together in these <a href="https://handmadebymegk.blogspot.pt/2012/01/up-cycled-jeans-to-toy-storage.html" target="_blank">jean bins</a>.

Handmade by Meg K

21. Throw this chevron pillow onto just about any piece of furniture for a fresh upgrade.

Throw this <a href="https://www.ashbeedesign.com/2013/02/chevron-pillow-from-beloved-old-jeans.html" target="_blank">chevron pillow</a> onto just about any piece of furniture for a fresh upgrade.

Ashbee Design

I just donated a bunch of jeans, but I still have so many I can use for these projects!

Which one will you try first? Tell us in the comments!

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