Denim Rug: Give Old Jeans New Life! DIY
I love this definition of ‘repurpose’…
to intend again
to design again
Doesn’t that sound fresh? If allowed, the idea of repurposing items can really kindle creativity in a person!
I found myself growing a pile of old jeans – too small, too worn, too torn. You name it. I decided to make a throw rug with that pile of jeans and I am so glad I did.
I began with 9 pairs of various sized jeans.
I cut the main sections (4 panels each pair) avoiding all seems. Then I cut them in one long continuous strip. Cutting up one side and when I reached within 1/2″-1″ of the end of the panel, I turned the denim and cut back down to the other end.
My “Denim Yarn”!
So excited to get things moving along… but still had more prep work to do. Imagine 9 pair of jeans X 4 panels each, cut into piles of this “yarn”. Only one thing would preserve sanity in this situation. Roll all 36 strands into balls.
I carted this basket with me everywhere. When I had quiet moments waiting for appointments or children’s lessons to finish or during a quiet workday, I rolled.
And eventually I grabbed an extra large crochet needle and started in! I just kept stitching in an oval shape and now my feet have a cozy, chunky, durable Denim Rug right in front of my kitchen sink! I love it!
I will never look at a pile of ‘toss out’ items the same again. I am proud of my denim rug, it always attracts attention, and all it cost me is a little imagination, patience, and initiative! I hope this fuels your own repurposing endeavors… here’s to new life!