project: recycle

by @according2kelly on October 29, 2007

to those of you who actually KNOW me (in real life that is), you won’t be surprised to hear me announce that i’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. although i may dream of being a bit more fashionably chic (maybe wearing THIS sweater with THESE, or what about THIS little beauty?) but when it comes right down to it, jeans just fit my lifestyle. although, i was shocked to realize how many pairs of jeans i have. in my defense (although even i will admit it’s a pretty weak defense), i’m a sucker for a GOOD pair of jeans, & when it comes to jeans, i’m not very good at following the golden rule of closet organization of: one in, one out… so i probably have pairs dating back to my college days. so this weekend, i hunkered down & went through those deep, dark & mysterious drawers. but now that i’ve decided which pairs to keep, what do i do with the rest? should i sell them? donate them? it would be kind of fun to make something out of them? perhaps an apron or a quilt? anyone got any other brilliant ideas? what else can i do to recycle all of my love-ly jeans?

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12 comments
RoRo
RoRo

I know the denim quilt is a big hit and they are great the only draw back you need to consider when making it is beware of the size and washing it, they can get pretty heavy when wet and therefore don't know if your washing machine can handle it! Though in my opinion the new front loaders can do anything, I would love one of those.

Lady N
Lady N

You can never have enough jeans! My mom had a great denim bag made from a pair of jeans, it was really cute. You could also turn one pair into a cute denim-patchwork denim skirt. Or you can turn some into shorts or cute capris. I heard about project rejeaneration where they recycle old jeans by creating something new. http://www.delforte.com/rejeaneration

Stie: My Favorite Things
Stie: My Favorite Things

If I was skinny like you, I would say for you to recycle them to me. But in real life, that ain't gonna happen. I vote quilt.

Heidi
Heidi

Oh I feel your pain! It kind of makes me sick to look at my jean collection & so many that I done ware anymore. What to do? I to am a jean girl and I don't think that'll ever change so if you get a great idea let me know...

Stevens girl
Stevens girl

I've been saving up levi's for several years now trying to get enough for a denim quilt. I totally think you should make one.

Stephanie
Stephanie

i think martha stewart had a spread on denim projects in her magazine a while back. check her web site. i remember the projects being perfectly lovely.

mama jo
mama jo

i think selling, donating, or reusing are all good ideas...i was always going to make a picnic quilt with my old jeans...you could save a pair for your kids to wear in about 20 years...donations are good, it helps people, selling is good, it helps you...

Holly
Holly

Oooh! Love the jean recycling ideas. Aprons would be useful and cute, a denim quilt would be darling. My mom made purses (years ago) with old jeans--I wish I still had them. Good luck!

marta
marta

umm.. you should put them up for sale. with your fashion sense, i know i'd love to buy a pair!

Laurie
Laurie

I really like the quilt idea, too. Especially since they mean so much to you. If you're not up for that - I'd donate them. This time of year, they would be appreciated.

gab
gab

Brad's mom made the CUTEST denim quilt with all the boys' old jeans. We sleep under it when we go to her house...it is super warm too. Love it!

Philippa
Philippa

Ok I'm super keen to see what suggestions people come up with. I have worn out two pairs recently, but I just can't bring myself to throw them out. I can't wear them, but the majority of the material is in good condition. So I have washed them and popped them into my material pile, but can't quite think of what to do with them...

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