A Secret Project Reveal: Kicking Off Denim Do Over!

I’ve been working on a little project the last few weeks and the day has finally arrived that I can share it with you! Yay!

So, you know how this past summer I cleaned out my closet and had all these jeans I could no longer wear? Somehow they had magically shrunk while hanging in the closet. How DOES that happen?!

They weren’t really candidates for donation because in addition to being too small, they were woefully out of style, high-waisted enough they would probably give Steve Erkle a wedgie! 😉

New Uses for Old Denim Jeans


Rather than toss those old jeans into the trash, I decided to play around with them and turn them into something fun. That something “fun” turned into 4 projects over the summer and I have still have denim left over!

4 Denim Projects 2


Around the time I was posting my denim projects, I heard from Carol who had a wonderful denim project of her own. She had upholstered a chair with old jeans previously worn by her three sons and hubby. What a special way to hold onto wonderful memories of her children’s early years, as well as her hubby’s rodeo days!

Recycle Old Jeans to Upholster a Chair


All these great projects got my wheels a-turning and I had one of those little light-bulb moments. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had one place to gather together all the amazing denim projects we’ve already created or will create some day with denim!


Now we do! It’s called Denim Do Over and it’s a blog dedicated to showcasing projects made from recycled or repurposed denim.


Denim Do Over Logo


DDO is still just a baby but there are some wonderful new projects there to enjoy now, like Michele’s fabulous denim pouf that she made for her son. He loves it so much he carries it with him from room to room. 🙂 Love that!

Denim Pouf


You’ll find these darling denim baskets Pam created as gifts for family and friends!  I want to make some of these this Christmas!

Denim Containers Made from Recycled Denim Fabric


No-Sew Projects

Don’t sew? Don’t worry, I’m creating a whole separate category at Denim Do Over for No-Sew Projects! I’ll put a link to the No-Sew Projects in the sidebar sometime over the next few days.

I’ll be adding lots of great denim projects to Denim Do Over several times a week, so hop on over, check it out and if you’re interested, subscribe to receive an email notice when a new project is posted.

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If you would love to receive inspiration for denim projects in your Inbox each week, subscribe to receive an e-mail notice when a new project goes up. You’ll find the Subscribe button at the top right of the category bar at the top of Denim Do Over.

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Have a Denim Project You Would Love to Have Featured?

If you have a denim project you’ve created and posted on your blog, I’d love to feature it at Denim Do Over!

Denim Do Over for Gallery Scroll

You’ll find a “Submit” button at the top of the sidebar and in the category bar at DDO where you can click to submit your denim project. I know the readers of Denim Do Over would love to visit your blog for your awesome project or tutorial!

The image below is a link to Denim Do Over so hop on over and check it out!

Denim Do Over Logo

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  1. Your 4 projects are so great!! I love the pumpkin. That chair is amazing, I remember when you posted about it. Sounds like a fun party!!!!

  2. Great idea, Susan. This should be fun an inspiring.

  3. Susan, what a fabulous idea! I’ve been saving old jeans to dress scarecrows but may have to pull them out to do something a little more creative with them! I’m sure I’ll find lots of inspiration on your new site. Going over now!

  4. Oh! A new baby, how fun 😉 Much luck with the new site!!!! You did such a darling job on your denim do overs.

  5. This is awesome! The pumpkin is absolutely adorable 🙂

  6. Susan-what a great idea–though I shouldn’t be surprized as you are so talented.The wheels in my brain are turning………….wonder what projects the blog will feature. Thank you for being such a good friend to all of us.

  7. I think this is a fabulous idea, and I have been saving the husband’s old jeans for a while as well as mine.

    When I was new to blogging about five years ago, I ran across the blog of a woman in Norway who makes the best slips I have ever seen, and she has one for a huge wing chair that she made for her husband. To copy that was the goal, but since I have two of those chairs to do, I am going to use denim I bought by the yard. There may be some embellishment from the actual jeans, though.

  8. I love the new blog. Now I don’t have to throw away all of the old jeans that come my way.

  9. I’m STILL using the four denim quilts for the bunk beds…out they come for winter ’cause they are HEAVY! franki

    • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

      franki, post about it on the site! I would love to do a project like that. 🙂

    • Franki, I have a HUGE denim comforter I use on the denim sofa sleeper in my upstairs bonus/family room. That sofa makes into a queen size bed so it weighs a ton! lol So I know what you mean! The denim quilts are so pretty!

  10. I’m impressed. I just saw the new website. People are so creative and never seem to run out of ideas. I’m looking forward to updates now that I’ve signed up. What a clever girl you are:)

  11. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, congrats you busy little bee! I hope lots of people find you because there are no doubt about a bazillion things one can do with their left – over and mysteriously shrunken denim. Hee-hee. I’m heading over right now to check it out. 😀

  12. Congratulations on your new blog! Great idea, I’ll be submitting my post soon. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  13. Susan,
    Congratulations on the new blog – what a great idea! I’ve already been over there to check it out! Can’t wait to see the great ideas you post in the coming days. I made the napkin holders and the silverware holders this summer and love how both of them turned out!
    Thanks again!

  14. LOVE LOVE how you recycled your old jeans!!

  15. SharonFromMichigan says

    What a wonderful collection of projects. Those denim baskets are darling. I’ll have to give those a try. If I can find some time, I think they would be adoreable for my two young nephews for Thanksgiving goodies – now I just need some turkey fabric…..can’t wait to visit the new site.

  16. SHUT UP!! You are too much Susan! How do you ever find time to sleep??

    Fabulous idea, and I checked out your site and love the little denim social media icons. I never keep anything that doesn’t fit, so I’m afraid I’m probably not a great candidate for repurposing jeans. Maybe at goodwill or garage sales I can find things.

    (Love the wedgie comment)

    Have a great weekend and get some sleep!

    • Sleep, what is sleep? 😉 Kristi did a great job creating the site for me…I highly recommend her! She came up with the idea for the cute pockets. 🙂 You are good, cleaning out your closet. I always hold out hope I’ll miraculously lose 20 lbs! 😉

  17. LOVE these projects! Thanks for sharing such great ideas, Susan!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  18. Awww, Susan!
    You are killing me!
    But, you know what? I’m unintentionally losing weight! (12 lbs since the month of August) HA! 🙂
    So, congrats on your new blog and THANK YOU for everything you do!
    Love you!
    ~Hugs to you~

  19. Congratulations, Susan on the new site ! What a great idea, I love it!
    Can’t wait to see all the great ideas, ahead of us !

  20. Hi Susan, You are a genius! This is such a great idea! Everyone has leftover denim because you know–that denim disease you mentioned that is going around which causes all the shrinkage while hanging in the closet — yes, I am familiar with that!! I visited your new site and it is so clean and easy to navigate. I will visit often as I am married to a man his college friends still call “jeans.” Thank you for this new idea! Linda

  21. What a fun idea. You have my mind spinning with projects to make from old jeans. Unfortunately I purged my closet last month and donated everything that didn’t fit anymore. But I can always go to the VOA and buy old jeans when they are 75% off.

  22. This is such a great idea, Susan! I just love old worn denim — it just has the best feel. That’s probably why people tend to wear those jeans until all those “pluses” are overshadowed by embarrassment — seriously, do that happen….lol! Anyway, I’m really looking forward to this fun, new experience. Thank you!

  23. becky harris says

    Hi Susan, what a great idea – congratulations!

    I am not crafty but have a hard time getting rid of old jeans that may have a hole in them and not be suitable for donation to charity because they cannot be worn anymore, but would be great for projects like these. Maybe you could include a spot/swap board for people to donate their denim to crafters who want to upcycle it?

  24. becky harris says

    Oh good, I have some old “skinny jeans” that are taking up room in my closet and will probably never fit over my hips again, but would be great for someone’s ottoman!

  25. What a great idea! I love denim and haven’t crafted with it in ages That little pumpkin with the flowers and pocket is so adorable! What fun! Hugs, Leena

  26. Addie from California says

    Love the idea of this blog..it is one I will be checking first! I saved all the old jeans my kids wore through the years. I have boxes of them!!!
    One project I did was, I took a piece of muslin ( and crazy quilted triangle shapes (of cut up jeans) onto it. Then did decorative stitching along the edges, on the machine in red thread. Then I matted/framed and gave it to my sons……they were so surprised and tried to remember fav jeans. The end result was about 20″x 25″…you could make it any size.
    I have lots of pockets and belt loops left over….I’ll be watching for ideas!!!!

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