Back in the stylish 1980s I went through a stage of altering my clothes. Without a sewing machine, I had to stitch everything by hand. I cut the seams off perfectly good jeans to sew in colorful fabric. I stuck my favorite pants in bleach to give them a fancy tie dye effect, and added colorful patches to pants without holes. My poor father discovered business shirts missing from his closet that I snatched to cut off the sleeves and wear with a double leather belt and legwarmers.
Later, I used common sense to restyle only those things that no longer fit or had worn thin. One of my favorite pieces was a recycled denim shoulder bag.
For those of you out there seeking inspiration for your own up-cycled denim projects, check out this fabulous top ten list:
1. Ecouterre creates hip shoes using recycled jeans. Each pair is one-of-a kind.
4. Chairs alone can be pieces of art. This one definitely is, made with recycled denim by Design Squish.
5. Among many other eco-friendly products, Ecouterre features this up-cycled denim cot.
6. Weave together recycled cotton t-shirts or other fabric to make durable, unique rugs. Spotsonmyapples makes a variety of rugs woven with recycled jeans.
7. Think simple. Cut out the pockets of your old jeans to use as coasters. FunkyJunkyVintage sells these on Etsy.
9. Are you looking for another material to incorporate into your recycled fashion? Justina Blakeney creates super cute clothing using recycled jeans…for dogs…
Ok, maybe you’d prefer not making clothing for your dog. Instead, like Dawanda, you might make a fabulous hood!
10. Last, but not least…with July 4th approaching, Green3apparel sews together and paints 16 pairs of jeans to make an American flag.