|Sewing Information, Advice, How-to
50+ Free Denim Projects
And what's great about denim is that it's a sturdy, durable fabric. Which means that
even denim that's old and worn can still be upcycled into something useful. Plus,
with wear and fading, denim can often look even better with age. Plus, by recycling
your denim, you'll be able to feel good about your old jeans not ending up in a
But because denim is such a thick, heavy fabric, it can also be a bit tricky to sew.
Therefore, you may find the following tips helpful:
Make sure to use sharp scissors or a sharp rotary cutter when cutting your denim.
And you may want to cut your denim in a single layer instead of doubling it to make
cutting even easier. When sewing your denim, use a thick denim or jeans needle in
your sewing machine, which will be able to sew through thick layers of denim easily
and without breaking. And for sewing over extra bulky seams, you may want to use
a “jean-a-ma-jig” or “hump-jumper.” And to reduce bulk in your seams after sewing,
press them open instead of to one side. And trim your seams to cut down on bulk.
And since denim ravels easily, finish the raw edges your seams with a zigzag stitch
or overcast them with a serger. Or, you can encase your seams within a flat-felled
seam. And when pressing denim, use a high heat setting and lots of steam.
To add more depth and interest to your project and for a muli-colored look, sew
different shades of denim together in patchwork fashion. And you can keep the look
of your jeans intact (preserving the pockets, belt loops, etc.) or you can cut up your
denim and use it strictly as fabric.
Recycle your old jeans with this collection of over fifty free denim and jeans diy
projects, patterns, and sewing tutorials gathered from all over the web! Here you'll
find a fun variety of denim sewing projects from purses and bags, to decorative
pillows, to wall organizers, aprons, plush toys, and more!
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