There are so many ways to repurpose, recycle and upcycle old jeans and denim for the home. The only problem is that sometimes old denim can be a real pain to sew. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of what to do with old jeans no-sew projects.
It’s not the normal denim fabric that is hard to sew. It is the thick bits on a pair of jeans. Bits like the seams, waistbands, pockets, hems and belt loops can be difficult to stitch. Unless of course, you happen to have a heavy-duty sewing machine to hand.
Often these thick trims on a pair of jeans are the most interesting parts. They are what give upcycled denim projects that extra bit of character. No-sew upcycled jeans projects that use glue instead are great for these utilizing these bits.
Good fabric glue or a contact adhesive like Gorilla Glue Clear is great to use with no-sew jeans projects. Most of these glues are waterproof and washable (especially the Gorilla Clear Contact adhesive).
However, as nearly all of the old jeans no-sew projects I do are for home decoration crafts, I haven’t had to wash them yet. Well, nothing more than a gentle wipe down, so I haven’t been able to truly test how the glues hold out under those conditions.
What To Do With Old Jeans No-Sew
The following list is a selection of ideas of what to do with old jeans no-sew. That is instead of a sewing machine or needle and thread, glue is used with these denim upcycles.
All you need is the waistband from an old pair of jeans to repurpose into a five-minute key fob that requires no sewing. They can be personalized with a stencil and would make a wonderful fathers day gift.
These gorgeous colourful denim and sweater fabric placemats are made without sewing. These can be made just with denim but I loved the colour the old sweaters added. They look great on the dining room table and make good heat mats too.
Even though there was a small amount of stitching in with this fun denim project that can so easily be replaced with fabric glue. Using glue instead of stitches for a no-sew denim project would not change the look at all.
These gorgeous upcycled denim flowers are made from scraps of fabric from old jeans. You can create a lovely bouquet of denim roses by using jeans of different shades of indigo. Single denim flowers can also be made into gorgeous napkin rings. This is a no-sew denim upcycle.
Use scraps of denim from your old jeans to make these gorgeous denim fabric sunflowers. Add elastic to wear them as a wrist corsage or a safety pin as a chest corsage. A very easy and affordable upcycled denim flower craft that can be made with or without sewing.
When your old jeans wear out instead of chucking them out, upcycle and repurpose them into something fun for your home.
Upcycling and repurposing old jeans is not only environmentally sound but denim is a great material to work with. It is strong and hardwearing and comes in lovely shades of indigo.
Also when you use an old favourite pair of jeans it can personalize a project. For example with the no-sew denim pocket advent calendar I put up every year, the family actually recognize some of there old jeans pockets.
Hopefully, you have found some inspiration for what to do with your old jeans that are no-sew. If you are still looking for more denim DIY’s and crafts for the home, I have a great upcycled denim Pinterest board here that you can follow.
If you love to upcycle you might want to check out these other posts. These Jeans projects featured under the letter J in the A to Z of clever upcycling projects.
To tell the truth, I’m so glad that I came across your article and became aware of such a great ideas how to breathe new life into old jeans, creating some new things out of them, because I think that it’s quite widespread problem when they only dust on the shelf and you don’t know what to do with them. I can say that before this moment a lot of these ideas hadn’t crossed my mind but now I understand how fascinating they are and that I need to implement them into reality. Frankly, the majority of these ways of transforming old jeans into something fresh and new blew my mind because they are so unique and not typical but fully applicable. I fall in love with the creation of the denim stuffed animal because it is something that will warm you and create this atmosphere of coziness in your home.
// Marina Teramond @ NMPL
Sunday 14th of November 2021
Thank you, it is always fun to think of new ways to upcycle an old pair of jeans.
Wednesday 24th of July 2019
I bet you could do at least three big round-ups of denim projects just using your tutorials Claire. Love this no-sew one. Denims aren't the easiest thing in the world to try and sew and I'm guessing thrift stores are going to be running out of second-hand denims real soon after everyone sees what they can do with them ;-)
Wednesday 24th of July 2019
Thank you. With 3 boys I just seem to have an endless supply of old denim to craft with.