Repurposing Denim: No-Sew Coasters

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It’s no secret to those that know me that I love denim, I’ve always been a blue jean girl. It’s basically all I wore in high school. Now that I live and work full time on the ranch, the only time you’ll see me in anything but denim is on Sunday morning in the church pew.

We go through lots of denim whether our grungy chute-side work clothes, our nicer meeting-customers work clothes and even our out-&-about play clothes. Even when it wears out I hate to throw away that beautiful dungaree cloth. It’s so beautiful & heavy and it begs for another purpose.

I love these no-sew denim coasters. They're EASY and I make them where condensation does not soak through! #TexasHomesteader

(Note, we often sell these authentic Texas Rancher-worn denim coasters in my e-Bay store)

It’s a great way to support this blog so RancherMan & I THANK YOU!

I’ve seen many denim repurposing ideas and I really like some of them. But here’s my secret confession: I don’t sew. Now I don’t mean I don’t like to sew fancy things, or my sewing ability is novice, I mean




Using Worn Jeans

Recently RancherMan wore though the knees of another pair of his Wrangler jeans. Now I may be the only wife in the world who gets happy when her hubby wears out the knees of his jeans. When he does I always make drink coasters out of his worn jeans!

There’s just something about that authentic 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!

To make these coasters I cut a pocket off, leaving a small flap on top. We enjoy iced tea and the condensation on the glass always creates a mess. So I cut a thick waterproof plastic sheet to the exact size to fit inside these pocket coasters. I slide it into the pocket so any moisture would stop after that first layer of cloth.

I tuck the top flap back in and give it a little ironing to crease it. Sometimes I’ll add a little hot glue to the flap. Now I’ve got brand new coasters. 


To make repurposed denim coasters I take an old pair of jeans and start cutting. When I'm finished I LOVE the results! No-Sewing Required #TexasHomesteader

I love them.  And I didn’t sew anything.  Not one stitch. 

I love these, and I have them all over our home. There’s one on the nightstand for morning coffee, a couple on the end tables for iced tea, and even one at each place setting at our dining room table.


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79 thoughts on “Repurposing Denim: No-Sew Coasters

  1. ColleenB.~Texas

    The pocket coasters also make for great gifts.
    I cut up milk cartons and vinegar jugs to line my coaster pockets. Just make the milk cartons and vinegar jugs are well washed out good

  2. Brooke of Passport Couture

    What a fun idea! I love that it’s no-sew. Even though I know how to sew, I realize many others don’t and don’t have the time to sew, which is what makes and idea like this great. It gives the denim another purpose so it isn’t tossed out!

  3. Katy SkipTheBag

    What a fantastic idea! I love that I don’t have to sew to make these. I’m like you and don’t/can’t really sew. Don’t worry I’ve got a sewing machine in case I ever get the urge to try, but Hubby has used it far more than I ever have. This makes me want to go see if I can scoop up some old denim from a thrift store to make these. Thanks for posting on the #sustainablesunday link up!

  4. Bonnie V

    I love these. And to think I just threw away a pair of jeans that had a big rip in the crotch, darn it! I held on to them for the longest time, but just couldn’t think of an easy way to repurpose them.

    Thank you for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Ugh, I hate when that happens Bonnie, but keep it in mind when another pair of jeans bites the dust. I have these denim coasters scattered around the house in various places guests may set down drinks, and even a set at our supper table for RancherMan & myself. Love them! ~TxH~

  5. Elaine

    What a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yeah, I think sewing a button back on a shirt might be the limits of my sewing prowess. I absolutely LOVE these coasters and have them in various locations around our home. They look great with our country-rustic decor. ~TxH~

  6. Anne Payne

    Oh. My. Goodness. You are so incredibly creative!!! This is a fantastic idea. I will never throw away another pair of jeans. πŸ™‚
    Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Anne – Let me tell ya I can be incredibly creative if I’m looking for ways to NOT sew! LOL I think these coasters turned out super cute and we have them now in several locations around our home. ~TxH~

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  9. ColleenB.

    I’ve always wanted to make me one of them jean purses but it’s just one of them things that I didn’t get around tuit but I have made me an apron from an old pair of black colored jeans.
    I’m still using my old sewing machine that hubby got for my birthday the first year we where married; 45 years ago last month.

      1. ColleenB.

        I will have to take a picture of it and show it to you :}
        Done in my favorite colors of red, black and white :}

  10. ColleenB.

    A gal after my own heart……Recycling. The pockets are also great for putting your silverware in when having a gathering or just eating out on your back porch. Has the country, rustic feel……. Jean pockets used for holding your silverware as well as using as a coaster and then bandanas used as napkins of which I use all the time. Hobby Lobby has a nice variety of colors of bandanas and there’s No Sewing as the edges are already finished. :}

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  12. jody

    Great idea! For some reason I really like coasters, not because I’m all that worried about my old furniture, I just think they’re cute!

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  14. Jenny

    Hi Tammy! I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind me including a link to this post in a round up of Christmas gifts I was wanting to put together. These look like they would be easy to make.

  15. Kathy

    What a marvelous idea – they make perfect coasters – will have to remember this one! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  16. Jill

    What a brilliantly simple idea!!
    I was wondering if you’d mind if I featured this in a top 10 upcycles of the week post. I’d like to use just one photo from your blog and put a direct link back to your post. Please let me know if this would be ok.
    Thanks so much,
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  17. Vickie

    Such a cute and easy idea! My neighbor takes all of our old denim and makes quilts, but I think she throws away the pockets! I will have to keep the pockets from now on. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      That’s awesome! I can’t believe I haven’t had these coasters around the house for years. The other kinds of coaster all get picked up along with the glass due to the condensation – even the ones made of stone. I love these! ~TxH~

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  19. Kathy

    This would be especially nice for the patio or deck and you could set your patio table with bandanna napkins and have lanterns for table lighting. There’s so much you could do with this.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Indeed Gail! I think last week I just had a lightbulb moment and couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought about using these pockets before given that I’m so very sewing-callenged! Now I’m eyeballing the rest of the denim for ideas. Hummmm…. πŸ™‚ ~TxH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Diane, I am now making a complete set of these cute coasters for our house. The idea of using the pocket to keep an item from being scratched is good too. So many uses! ~TxH~


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