Step 5: Front pockets

Cut out and save the front pockets. There are two ways to do this. You can flip the jeans inside out and lay the pocket flat, Cut the fabric in a rectangle, about an inch from the end of the pocket. Cut through the side hip seam, the cut following the seam to the waist. This leaves a flat square pocket that can be sewn onto anything. These large pockets make a great addition to a crafting apron.

You can also remove the decorative fifth pocket, on jeans that have them, but in so doing you sacrifice the larger pocket.
If you have available a metal recycling place, you may recycle the rivets for cash!!!
<p>just fyi, 'viola' is a flower or a musical instrument. the word you're looking for is 'voila'.</p>
<p>This is great! I have a whole box of old jeans that I've been wondering what to do with! I love the idea of a denim quilt or furniture cover, definitely gotta keep this in mind!</p>
<p>luv this my dearest friend and I sew for the salvation army stores reusing jeans and anything else we can rescue we decorate our jeans bags with broken jewellery badges etc</p>
<p>I have done this too! One suggestion if you are planning on using the back pockets, leave a half inch border around the pocket (for a possible seam allowance). :)</p>
<p>Thank you for taking the time to post this. So much quicker than using a seam ripper just to watch pieces fall apart as I'm ripping out seams. These jeans had some wear and tear in them, but they'll make a great log-cabin bookwrap quilt....and if not, I'll find something else to make them into.</p>
<p>I like all the suggestions of what to do with the pieces.</p>
Respect on making the MOST out of your jean cast-offs. I went through this last year when making a project and I kept all the pockets because I just COULD NOT bear to throw them away. There is some GOOD inspiration here. Also, denim can be composted so the little scraps can go back to the earth. It takes a while to breakdown but it does eventually. :)
When I was a child growing up in the shadow of the smoky mts in east tn my mother would use every last scrap of clothing that none of us could wear any more to make new clothing (there was 5 of us kids) or other usefull things ! <br> <br>She used blue jean material for quilts because the material gave so many shades of blue , from washed out and nearly white to brand new denim blue
You can cut the fabric into strips and crochet or braid with them then stitch together in a circle, great for rugs or handbags. My 2 cents,
It is possible to put in a new zipper if you have a sewing machine or are willing to sew by hand. On a pair of jeans you are willing to sacrifice cut out all the seams pertaining to the zipper, paying attention to the sequence. Find a new or used zipper and sew everything up in reverse order of taking apart. Work yes,but not necessarily difficult. And you'd get quite some additional wear out of your pants. I have a mountain of old jeans accumulated and will use your suggestion to glue the double stitched seams on a base to make a carpet.
&nbsp;said before already, but i have to add my two cents. this is a great tut because people like me wouldnt have thought of using the seams. my machine prob wouldnt be able to sew it, and i would need to get a zigzag foot to even try but other projects would work. and the mat you made was amazing! i guess i could in a pinch, use some good glue to a sturdy fabric base as a matt with the same concept in mind. maybe i just need a better machine :) have a blog i can check out????
your idea for gluing is a good one! especially if you use a rubberized backing so that it will stay in place on smooth flooring! No blog to follow but THanks for the compliment!<br />
Hm. Seat covers from seat covers. That's an interesting idea, and in fact I do have some chairs which need to be re-upholstered.<br />
Thank you for posting this. I never thought to cut the seams off to use as cording.
:D you should check out the recycled floor mat I made out of seams and waistbands. you can sew a bunch of seams together into a neat durable, flexible material that is textured nicely. There is an instructable for it if you search &quot;recycled denim floor mat&quot;.<br />
You know, I&nbsp;just did this with a pair of worn out jeans last week. I&nbsp;wish I'd seen this then, I'd have more usable parts! Great suggestions for using all the parts, by the way!<br />
thanks!<br />
Great idea on saving everything, no waste! :)

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