Although your pair of Carhartt jeans sitting in your closet will never rip, tear, or become thin with wear, you might have a few pair of jeans that are ready for the trash heap. Go green instead of throwing them away. Denim is a sturdy fabric and with a few modifications you can turn your old jeans into useful items. And if you do happen to have a pair of Carhartt jeans that you have perhaps grown out of, I highly recommend them for the projects below, as they cannot be beat for their long lasting durability.
Quilts have been popular for hundreds of years. First, as a necessity and now as true art form. With the different patterns and materials available to construct a quilt the design possibilities are endless. And with the myriad of denim materials available a quilt made only of denim is a stunning work of art. And to make it truly spectacular, leave on the pockets, zippers and rivets.
This is a great way to recycle your blue jeans. And you can use your imagination and add lace and elaborate trim to make spectacular potholders. And, if you do happen to have a pair of Carhartt jeans that you might have grown out of, then this denim material will work very well as a potholder as it is known for its strength and durability.
This is an idea that became popular in the 1970s and still works today. Using Carhartt jeans will add to the longevity of your purse. Simply cut your jeans into long shorts, rip out the center crotch seam and sew the legs together to make a large pouch. With the legs you cut off, fashion a strip of cloth and attach it to the top opening of the bag to make a shoulder strap. Then decorate with trim, patches, embroidery, and if you are a good seamstress, fashion a zipper or a few buttons to hold it closed. Even some Velcro fastened to either side of the bag will serve as a fastening.
Cell Phone Holder
This is a very easy item to make from your old pair of jeans. Just cut out a square from your jeans that includes the back pocket. Now fashion a long strip of cloth from the jean leg. Attach both ends of the strip to the opposite side of the fabric that has your pocket. Then simply slip your cell phone or Mp3 player into the pocket and sling the strap over your shoulder.
Keep Your Coffee Warm
This is another great idea for an old pair of denim jeans. And, if you do by chance have a pair of Carhartt jeans you are no longer wearing, they will work very well for this project given the thickness of the material. Simply take the leg of your jeans straight across. Measure the width of a coffee cup and cut the fabric the correct length. Add seams to the top and bottom of the fabric and then sew into a circle or add a button and buttonhole for closure. This is a really cute idea and makes a great gift.
Once again I highly recommend the use of an old pair of Carhartt jeans for this project, as they are so durable. Simply cut out the thigh portion of a pant leg. Sew the bottom closed. Fold the top over about 2 inches and sew the bottom leaving a one-inch tube. Using a soft piece of stretch fabric and thread it through the tube and use to tie and cinch the sack. Decorate the sack with patches, embroidery or braid as you wish.
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