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9 Uses for Old Jeans

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9 Uses for Old Jeans

By Adam Verwymeren, Networx

There are few things more comfortable than a beloved, broken-in pair of jeans. But some day, when the denimís faded, the seams have split and the cuffs have frayed, youíre going to be faced with a harsh reality: All good jeans must someday meet their end. But rather than let that precious fabric go to waste balled up in the back of your closet or, worse yet, getting tossed in the trash, you can (and should) repurpose and reuse those precious pants.

The durability, heft and stylishness of denim make it a great and versatile fabric for a variety of projects and purposes. Here are some great uses for your old jeans.

Coffee Cozy: Cut down on wasted cardboard coffee sleeves by making your very own denim coffee cozy from an old pair of pants. Simply snip the fabric to fit your favorite sized cup or mug and hem the top and bottom. [via Doctor Popular]

Knee Pads: Gardening is a great hobby, but sometimes digging around in the dirt all day can be tiring on the knees. Transform an old pair of jeans into a padded mat to spare your tired limbs while you garden. This handy guide will show you how to make a handsome knee pad, but for a quick and easy alternative that requires no sewing, simply cut off one pant leg, stuff it full of something soft and tie off each end with a zip tie. Of course, another way to save your knees is to hire a local landscaper.† [via Martha Stewart]

Patching Other Jeans: Donít let a small tear force you to toss an otherwise perfectly good pair of jeans. Cut patches from an old pair to fix up a current pair of pants. Use a bit of fabric glue to adhere the patch, and just like that, your pants have been fixed.

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2:40PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

hmmm..wonder if the other half will notice when I empty out the jeans he is holding on to ..some of them date to when he was in school ...(he's now nearly 40)

2:21AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Excellent ideas.I like the quilt idea the best.

8:52AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Hey, these are some great ideas!! I am going to make the Heat Pack, the Draft Preventer, and the knee Pad for gardening. Thanks.

7:11PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

I am going to try to make an iPod cover or a purse! Thanks!

9:15AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

I like the iPhone sleeve idea.

9:15AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

I like the iPhone sleeve idea.

9:12AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

I like the iPhone sleeve idea.

5:11PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Could we go back to making quality; durable clothes out of hemp as we did prior to 1937? Cotton is such a destructive plant where the environment is concerned. It is a toxic plant that requires huge amounts of water; and destroys the environment over a prolonged period of time; just ask the Russians.

5:11PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Could we go back to making quality; durable clothes out of hemp as we did prior to 1937? Cotton is such a destructive plant where the environment is concerned. It is a toxic plant that requires huge amounts of water; and destroys the environment over a prolonged period of time; just ask the Russians.

3:24PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

thanks for sharing

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