Jeans, jeans, the magical pants; the more you wear ‘em, the better you dance (right?). And once your dancing shoes have hit the shelf and it’s time for a new pair of pants, you can take the old pair and upcycle them. Today we’re working with Cotton to turn a pair of jeans into two different projects — a weekender bag and a couple of pillows. We are so excited to share these projects with you! We might even start dancing :)


– used jeans (one pair for each project)

– used belts (two for the weekender bag, one or two for the pillow)



fabric scissors


sewing machine



measuring tape


The key here is making sure you use jeans that are made out of cotton-rich denim, as most jeans are. Just be sure you don’t end up with something that has a lot of stretch in it!


Weekender Bag

This bag is sturdy and fashionable and super easy to make. All you need are a few basic sewing skills and you’ll be able to whip one out.

Decorative Pillow

Next up we’ve got a decorative pillow. Spruce up your bed or couch with one of these handsome fellows.

First, grab a pair of cotton-rich denim jeans and cut off both legs. Snip down the seam and open them up. Then trim them so that you have two rectangles that are the same size. Place one on top of the other with the outside in and pin them in place. Sew along the edges leaving a small section open on one side. Flip the case inside out, stuff your pillow through the opening, then pin the opening together. Either hand stitch (whipstitch will work) or sew the edge with your machine. Add your belts creating new holes with your awl if they are too long.

Boom. New pillow for you!

We’re dancing for joy, we love these so much!

This post is a collaboration with Cotton.

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