Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Upcycled Denim

This week I seem to be timing my morning and evening walks really well, so I get to see the sunrise and sunset every day.  This is this morning's sunrise.  Check out that cloudless blue sky!  Lucky us.  It doesn't have anything to do with today's blog, I just think if you're up before the sun comes up you should at least get some pretty photographs.

Today we're actually looking at upcycled denim, because I love upcycling and I've not done an upcycled blog for ages.  Ways to use old jeans is particularly close to my heart at the moment because, as a result of all this dog walking, all my jeans are falling off me.  I need to go out and buy several pairs of new, smaller jeans.  And then I'll have to find something fun to do with my old jeans...  I'm sure I'll think of something.

Denim Basket by SewDanish
£21.48 (+ £4.11 p&p)
This rustic basket is woven/plaited with strips cut from recycled blue jeans. The basket has it own 'personality'. It is casual looking with slightly fryed edges. During weaving the basket the soft fabric stips took on an organic life of their own, adding to the relaxed look.  The basket has been treated with diluted acrylic paint to stiffen the surfaces making the basket firm to the touch.  Height 8 cm, Diameter 22 cm.

The Garden of Denim Blue and White Dress by JoannaMichalska
£160 (+ £5 p&p)
Fantastic little denim dress which can be worn really for any occasion.  The dress will be made to order. You can choose from two designs:
1. Different shades of denim connected with white denim details
2. Different shades of denim connected with navy denim details

The dress can be made in sizes 38, 40, 42  

Blue Denim and Grey Leather Bag by sheakoffee
£34.74 (+ free delivery)
Lovely slouchy relaxing bag to carry around all your favourite essentials.  Its like an old jumper or pair of sock that keeps you warm and keeps a smile on your face.Blue denim jeans recycled into usable original bag.  Sides & bottom of bag are recyled leathers in greys and blues.  Inside bag, there is a large pocket, lined with a repurposed ikea table cotton cloth, white with grey stars.
width 45.6cms
height 33cms
handle length 51cms 

Necklace with Denim Fabric Beads by AstridsJewelGarden
£28 (+ £2 p&p)
Necklace made with handmade recycled denim beads capped with Tibetan silver bead caps. The bracelet has pretty Tibetan silver beads linked together with silver plated wire. It has been finished with a pretty toggle clasp, just so you can wear it short or long.

Denim Patchwork Windbreak by nellieandeve
£43 (+ £11 p&p)
This groovy windbreak is made from preloved denim jeans and lined in vintage fabric. Use it on the beach, in the garden, as a privacy screen whilst camping at a festival. Wherever you choose to use this fabulous windbreak,one thing is for certain, your neighbour will not have the same and you are sure to stand out from the crowd. You can even use the pockets for storing little items!  Size: 2.55m x 89cm approx.

Recycled Denim Rag Quilt by OriginalCloth
£25 (+ £4.50 p&p)
A fabulously versatile rag quilt, made with a mix of different denims, and pieces of fabric from check/plaid cotton shirts. Lots of colours here, blues, reds, greens, purples and more - but we all know everything goes with jeans!  The quilt is constructed from two layers, stitched together with the seams exposed. The seams are then frayed to give this distinctive texture. This is really durable, and will only get better with washing and use. It measures approx 34" square (87xm)

Sling Handbag by LibbyRoses
£22.99 (+ £4 p&p)
This old pair of jeans needed a revamp and here's what they got! A new life as a bag. All the pockets are useable and very handy for mobile phones, keys and purses. The lining is a beautiful floral cotton.

Snow Jeans Handspun Yarn by LondonHandspun
£14.21 (+ £1.90 p&p)
This two ply yarn is made from a bright, snow white fiber that comes from recycled plastic bottles, more familiarly known as the super soft 'fleece' that lines your winter jacket. And the blue part is made from denim scraps left over from blue jeans manufacturing, blended with some Merino and Corriedale fleece to make it spinnable. Knit yourself a winter hat or handwarmers that will keep you really warm and match your blue jeans!

Reversible Denim and Shweshwe Waistcoat by leonandcoco
£28.74 (+ £1.47 p&p)
Bold reversible waistcoat that can be worn just as well on parties and weddings as on every day occasions.  Made with upcycled denim on one side while the other is of a gorgeous shweshwe cotton in indigo blue with white flowers. The waistcoat is closed by press stud buttons. (chest 63cm).
Denim VW Campervan Picture by lemonyjen
£15 (+ £2.70 p&p)
Freehand machine embroidery and applique picture - Denim VW Campervan.  The background is white cotton drill.  The van is in blue denim from some old Levis and the stitching is in red.  The frame is black, 8.5" x 6.5"


  1. Brilliant collection of denim things. Denim is so versatile and there are some wonderful items on here! Thanks for including my necklace,

    Hannelore x

  2. Love it!!!!
    I have lots of jeans that are waiting for me to make them into something new. I will have to make time soon...

  3. What a great post. It always amazes me the amount of creativity out there. Thank you for including my basket in your post. I really appreciate it :-)