Denim is Back! DIY Projects That Aren’t Totally Terrible & Tacky

published Jun 16, 2016
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Fashion blogs tell us that denim is big in 2016, but truthfully, when is it not? Jeans are a true wardrobe staple — classic, straightforward, and sturdy. Denim’s versatility translates really well to DIY projects and, when stripped down as basic fabric, can look like something totally new and modern. Bring your faded denim back from the dead with DIY tricks, or use your old jeans, or pick up some used from the thrift store, and these projects will give them a second life.

Amaryllis of OhOh Blog swears this denim rug isn’t hard to make, but it does take some time (and about 7 pairs of old jeans). Lead image above.

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Reverse shibori or tie-dye uses denim as a base fabric and alters it with a bleach bath for unique and graphic patterns. The end result, from Fall for DIY, is pretty damn great.

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Ruth Ann of Isn’t That Sew combines sturdy denim with a leather base and bright orange zipper to make a versatile fold-over clutch.

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If you can’t bear to throw out your favorite pair, Honestly WTF shows how to reinforce the knee holes with Japanese sashiko fabric.

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Cover up basic terracotta planters with a denim slipcover of sorts.

(Image credit: Andrea’s Notebook)

Jeans aren’t always indigo blue. Andrea made this super bright and fun quilt from different colored denim!

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Etsy shares this DIY pillow project made from quilting geometric shapes.