by Texas Homesteader ~
It’s no secret to those who know me that I love denim. It’s about all I wear here on the Homestead. RancherMan too!
But even when those jeans finally wear out, I hate to throw away that beautiful blue dungaree cloth. It’s so rustic & heavy. And it begs for another purpose.
So I sat out to find repurpose ideas for them. Maybe cute denim coasters from RancherMan’s worn jeans…
(Note, we often sell these authentic Texas Rancher-worn denim coasters in my e-Bay store)
Repurposing Various Fabrics
Y’all know I have an environmental bend. I’m big into repurposing things that have reached the end of their current purpose.
Take holey socks for instance. I’ve even found ways to repurpose clean but no-longer-wearable socks to many other helpful Homestead purposes.
From an elastic hair tie, kitchen rag, scrubbing-textured cleaning cloth to cast-iron oiling cloth, and shop rags. There are lots of ways to put that terrycloth to additional use.
So if I can put holey socks to good use, you just know I’ll be able to do something good with this denim.
So what will I do with these worn jeans? The fabric is so beautifully worn, and so rugged. Surely I can put it to another good use.
I’ve always been a blue jean girl. Now that I live and work full time on the Homestead, the only time you’ll see me in anything but denim is on Sunday morning in the church pew. And even then, it being a country church and all…
We go through lots of denim because it’s basically all we both wear every day. And our blue jeans have different levels of western-wear.
Whether our nicer meeting-customers work jeans, our out-&-about play blue jeans, and even our grungy chute-side work jeans. All categories of denim blue jeans are worn very frequently.
Until they’re just DONE and looking for their next purpose.
I’ve seen many cute denim repurposing ideas and I really like some of them. But here’s my (not-so) secret confession: I don’t sew.
Now I don’t mean I don’t like to sew fancy things, or that my sewing ability is novice. I mean
Repurposing Worn Blue Jeans
Recently RancherMan wore though the knees of yet another pair of his Wrangler jeans. He’s a hard-working man, and those knees take a beating when he’s kneeling at a fence line fixing another broken barbed-wire strand.
Now I may be the only wife in the world who gets happy when her hubby wears out the knees of his jeans. But to me it just means there’s some of that heavy denim for me to play with.
I often use those worn blue jeans to make something country-styled yet functional to decorate our home. When those jeans aren’t fit to wear anymore I always make drink coasters out of the pockets!
Rustic Texas Cattle-Rancher Feel
There’s just something about that authentic Texas cattle-rancher patina, the worn places where he keeps his pocket knife in one pocket & his cowboy wallet in the other as he goes about his daily chores. It’s so real, so rustic, so TEXAS!
And you’re not gonna believe how easy it is to make these coasters. I simply start by cutting out a pocket, leaving a small flap of material on the top of the pocket.
But we enjoy iced tea in those hot summer months and the condensation from the glass always creates a mess. So I like to have something waterproof to stop any moisture from our glass from soaking through the two layers of fabric and onto our wood furniture.
But it’s an easy fix. I cut a waterproof plastic sheet to the exact size to fit inside these pocket coasters. I’ve used various thin flexible water-proof materials to fill this need. Heck I’ve even used a chip bag cut to size to fit the bill!
I slide this moisture-proof material into the pocket so any moisture would be stopped after that first layer of cloth.
Finally I tuck the top flap back in and give it a quick ironing to crease it so it stays tucked in. Sometimes I’ll add a little hot glue to the flap. But sometimes not.
Just flyin’ by the seat of my pants, y’all! (see what I did there??)
Putting together these denim pocket coasters was not only no-sew simple, but fast too. And now I’ve got brand new coasters that didn’t cost me a penny. Not just any coasters, but:
I love them. And I didn’t sew anything. Not one stitch.
I love these coasters so I have them all over our home. There’s one on each of our nightstands in the bedroom for morning coffee. And there are a couple on the end tables in our living room for iced tea.
Why, there’s even one at each place setting at our dining room table.
And the beauty is that if one gets too stained from dribbled coffee or other drink, there are no worries. I’m always gonna have a steady supply of these country-chic coasters since I can make them in just minutes.
I always get lots of compliments on these simple coasters displayed in our home, and I’ve even given them as gifts to a cowboy acquaintance. He loved them.
That’s a lot of mileage for a pair of jeans with rips in the knees! Plus it suits my rustic Texas ranch décor and my eco-friendly mindset as well as my lack of sewing skills. And they look great too!
Wanna See Other Repurposed Denim Crafts?
- Repurposed Denim Dish Carrier
- Pocket-Sized Hand Warmers
- Repurposed Denim Pocket Coasters
- Game Bags Made From Repurposed Denim
- Repurposed Denim Baskets
No-Sew Or Beginner’s Projects We Love
- Rustic No-Sew Denim Coasters
- Upcycled Fingerless Gloves
- Quick Pocket Hand Warmers
- Cute Repurposed-Denim Baskets
- Lavender-Scented Hand Scrub
- Decorative Pillows From Flannel Shirt Fabric
- How To Make A Pretty Porch Lantern
- MYO Beeswax Wraps
- Easy Beeswax Candles
- Simple Personalized Oak Cutting Board
- Repurpose Greeting Card Into Small Gift Box
- Arrowhead Collage Gift In A Wooden Shadow Box
- Cute Diaper Wreath Gift For New Baby
- Simple Snowman Treat Jar
- Natural Wax-Dipped Pinecone Fire Starters
- …And Much More
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