Today I wanted to look at a particular item that many quilters recycle into useable “works of art” like rag quilts and totes. That item is denim jeans. Mostly crafters use the denim fabric, but out there are examples of inspired uses for the pockets, buttons and even the zippers. Some quilters use old jeans from the closet or buy them from thrift shops. Online you can find vendors selling old jeans and, most helpfully, already cut squares of recycled denim. Recycled denim creations are varied and suit most every taste.
Recently RQQ™ member prekteacher had a beautiful Blue Jean Denim and Red Bandana Rag Quilt listed on eBay. The auction is already over, but it’s a beautiful example of recycling or “upcycling” old denim jeans into a useful item.
And for the ultimate in recycling, RQQ™ member quilts-by-lee has turned the entire bib top of a pair of overalls into a nifty tote bag. Another cute little tote is made with two jeans pockets. Talk about one of a kind items!