Recycled Sandbag From Jeans



About: I make cool (possibly dangerous or explosive) things.

Do you have any old jeans kicking around the bottom of your closet? Instead of throwing them out, try making a sandbag with them. These sandbags can be used as a gun rest for shooting, an exercise bag, and much more. Read on for a list of materials and tools you need...

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

For this project, you don't need many tools or material.

  • Old pair of jeans
  • Scoop or container
  • Needle and Thread
  • Scale
  • Scissors
  • Sand

You should also know the basics on how to sew.

Step 2: Cutting and Sewing

First, cut the hem off the ankle of the leg. Then measure out about 20-25 inches from the bottom, and cut it off (23 inched worked for me). Turn the pant leg inside-out, then stitch up one end. Fold it over about 1.5 inches and sew it again. Now turn the leg right-side out.

Step 3: Filling With Sand

Now for the fun part. Get your scoop, and zero it in on your scale then fill it with sand until you are comfortable with the amount in it. Write down the weight, and dump it into the jeans. Repeat until you have about four inches of material left at the top of your bag. I managed to get 20 pounds of sand into mine, but my sand was slightly damp, so the water might have affected it.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Now, stitch the open end up the same way that you did on the other end, the only difference is that the bag isn't inside out this time. Then fold it over TWICE and stitch it up, for extra strength.

Now cut the other leg off of the jeans the same way as before (cutting off the hem). Now slide the sandbag into the other leg and stitch up the ends. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of this step, but it is important to do it for the extra strength.


Before you sew on the extra layer in the previous step, you can do this extra step to give your bag a professional look. If your jeans has a leather tag on the waist, cut it off and sew it near the middle of the extra layer before you stitch up the two ends. I put mine a little closer up, but you risk it getting in the way of the top end stitching.

Step 6: You're Done!

Congrats! You have made a eco-friendly and professional looking sandbag. You can use this for weight-lifting exercises, gun rest, ridiculously huge paperweight, and much more! If you have the time and energy to make enough, you could possibly even use them as a flood barrier! Thank you for reading my Instructable, leave a comment and give me a suggestion on what I should make next!



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