When the word recycling comes to our mind, images of old plastics and paper pops up instantly in our brain but we often forget that a whole lot of stuffs made up of other materials can also be recycled for better use. For example, your old denim jeans can also serve you in many ways after they are discarded and so, here are some amazing ways to recycle old jeans that have been lying in some corner of your closet for a long time:
Making a denim bootie bag purse
You must have noticed denim purses in many boutiques labeled not only as exclusive designer item but also very pricey. But have you ever considered that everything that is required to make a denim bootie bag is perhaps already present in your house. All you need is an old pair of jeans, a sewing needle, thread, scissors and glue sticks or a glue gun. For embellishment, you can look around the house for those extra sequins, beads, patches or ribbons that were never used for the last Christmas decoration or birthday party. So, along with your little creativity and handiwork, you can have your own exclusive and recycled denim bootie bag out of your discarded jeans.
Denim jeans rice hot packs
Take out one of your old jeans and cut out the leg part, sew up the bottom hole nicely, fill it up with rice and you have a homemade rice hot pack in your hand. By warming this rice pillow in the microwave, you can easily use it to get relief from muscular pains or aches or to pre-warm your bed during the cold winter nights instead of using an electric blanket.
Craft a placemat
This is another shabby chic way to create a unique placemat. All you need to do is cut one of old jeans leg in a rectangular way and attach it as a pocket to one side for holding your napkin and the silverware. You also don’t have to trim or finish up the edges as leaving the raw denim fringe will make it look even cooler.
Make hot pads
As denim is a very sturdy material, so they can always be recycled into some good quality hot pads for your kitchen and dining. In fact, denim hot pads can protect your tabletops and counters better than the flimsy fabrics available in the stores.