Making a Rug From an Old Pair of Levi’s Jeans

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It can be difficult sometimes to let go of a comfortable old pair of jeans. Fortunately, you can recycle those old denims into a fun throw rug., and in no time, you’ll have something useful for your home that keeps your favorite jeans around a lot longer.

Levi's Jeans

Materials Preparation

You’ll need at least a few pairs of jeans, depending on how big you want to make the rug. Children’s jeans or adult jeans are fine, but the size differences will affect the number of pairs you’ll need.

In addition to denim, some kind of backing material that isn’t slippery is important. A thick terry towel or a bathmat would work well and add some softness to the rug. Old T-shirts or perhaps some thin cotton batting can act as padding; however, padding isn’t required.

Other sewing materials needed for your jeans rug include double-fold bias tape, a measuring tape or ruler, sewing shears, straight pins, and a denim needle or a sewing machine. A water-soluble marking pen is optional.

To prepare the jeans, wash them normally. Adding fabric softener will create a nice feel for the rug. Once dry, cut off the jeans legs, and then cut away the seams, the hems, and any pockets or other accents. You’ll only need the leg portions of the jeans.

Measuring, Cutting and Sewing

Before cutting further, decide how you want the rug to look. You might choose wide strips, narrow strips or even squares for a quilted appearance. Whatever you choose, strips should be at least an inch wide, and squares can be about six inches. If desired, mark the fabric before cutting.

Pin two pieces of fabric together, using the long sides of the strips and overlapping the pieces for a half-inch seam. Sew them by hand or with a sewing machine. Pin another strip or square onto the joined material and sew it on, creating another overlapping seam. Repeat until all the pieces are joined.

Completing the Rug

If necessary, trim the backing to match the rug. After removing all the pins, lay the sewn fabric face down. Arrange any padding desired, and then lay the backing over the padding or onto the jeans material directly. Pin the fabric and the backing together. Fold the bias tape around the edges, covering the denim and the backing, and stitch it neatly into place. Finally, iron the tape for a smooth, finished appearance.