10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans, Part One

10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans, Part One

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Sewing is a creative outlet and a favorite therapy for many of us. The NZP team enjoys making time for sewing each day. Some days it’s 10 minutes in the morning, or 20 minutes in the afternoon. This is how Nancy Zieman accomplished most sewing tasks, regardless of the project. If you’ve tuned in to watch Sewing With Nancy, you likely know that the “10-20-30 minutes to sew, quilt, create” method was developed by Nancy in the ’80s. Now we’ve applied this concept to recycling jeans. Curious? Learn how in the new Sewing With Nancy TV mini-series, 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans and in the book of the same title.

60-Minute Jeans Pot Holders

In about an hour, create a pair of durable recycled jeans pot holders that are pliable and easy to use, while giving protection from the heat of hot dishes. Watch online to learn the basics of taking apart cast-off jeans, and making something creative.

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Bunkhouse Bib

When it’s chow time at the ranch or most likely lunchtime at home, make adorable bibs for your little buckaroos. The durable yet colorful bib features parts of a cast-off pair of jeans and a bright bandana. Sewing time for this recycling project is again approximately an hour.

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BBQ Placemat

Team up your casual meals with upcycled jeans placemats. These BBQ Placemats are durable, and add a down-home flair to a meal with family or friends. Two placemats can easily be made from a no longer worn pair of jeans. Plus, there will be extra “fabric” left over to use in other recycling projects.

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Tailgate Casserole Carrier

Durable and eclectic in style with a novel utensil holder, this casserole carrier will become your favorite hot or cold food carrier. Combined with insulated fabrics, the carrier can be made from an adult pair of jeans in approximately two-hours of time.10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans, Nancy Zieman, Sewing WIth Nancy, How to recycle jeans

The Book: 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans

Restyle your worn out jeans into clever and useful accessories. Learn 30 minutes to sew techniques to create 13 durable projects for your home and closet. Give new life to well-loved denim by sewing bags, home organizers, kitchen essentials, and kids projects.
  • Walk through denim deconstruction before jumping right in with projects you’ll love. Discover new and novel finishing techniques as you sew up a variety of gifts in minutes.
  • The 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans book is perfect for the beginning sewist, or anyone who wants to refresh their sewing skills. It walks you through a variety of techniques, with full-color, step-by-step instructions in an easy-to-understand manner. Build your skill set and confidence from one project to the next.
  • Follow along with the 50-minute DVD, as Nancy guides you from deconstruction to lovely gifts in no time flat.

Watch 10-20-20 Minutes to Recycle Jeans on Sewing With Nancy online.

Have you thought about your next recycled sewing project for 2019? Leave a comment in the comment section below for a chance to win 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans book from Nancy’s Notions.

 

The randomly selected winner of the NEW!I Sew For Fun Spring Tape Measure from Clover is Rita.

Her comment is: When my daughter was 12 we both began learning to quilt. She had started sewing when she was about 8 and learned to sew pajama pants. For her 4H project when she was 13 she made a quilt using triangles which was a learning project for both of us and earned her a purple ribbon award!

The randomly selected winner of the NEW! Clip ’n Glide Bodkinfrom Clover is Pat Roediger.

Her comment is: My granddaughter has been sewing with me since she was five years old using my sewing machine. Like many of those addicted to sewing and quilting, I owned more than one sewing machine, including two I had inherited from my mother. I recently gifted Savannah who is now eight years old with one of them. She immediately came up with her own designs for everyone in the family for polar fleece pillows for Christmas. She has made eight pillows including one for a classmate for a gift exchange. The gifts for the exchange were to be homemade. She did such a great job that some of her classmates thought she bought it instead of making it. I am so proud of her. She is going to pass me up with her design skills in no time.

 

 

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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52 Comments

  • Lorraine Alves
    December 29, 2018

    I have two pair of jeans available for recycling. I think they would be perfect for the pot holder and casserole carrier.

  • Sharon
    December 29, 2018

    The potholder looks good.

  • Judy Craft
    December 29, 2018

    I have made backpacks for small children about ages 2 to 4. Used the legs got 2 from each pair.

  • Judy Pahs
    December 29, 2018

    10 20 30 minutes to sew is about what I have as well and I have some jeans I need to do something with. This book would help.

  • Sandra C
    December 29, 2018

    I would make the casserole taker first, pot holders second and many more things this book is a must have!

  • Elizabeth Lewis
    December 29, 2018

    Definitely the casserole carrier to start. Then I think some bags to utilize whatever fabric is leftover. Happy new year everyone!

  • Lynn Ropp
    December 29, 2018

    I would like to buy a book. Where would it be possible?

  • Susie Q
    December 29, 2018

    I just came into some well worn jeans and think pot holders would be a good beginning project.

  • Katie McClellan
    December 29, 2018

    I’ve been planning to make potholders from jeans pockets for a couple of years. I would love this book for all the patterns. Thanks!

  • Clovis
    December 29, 2018

    Recycled jeans can be made into a lot of things.

  • Dixie
    December 29, 2018

    I plan to make some bibs for my new great grandson. Also plan to make the casserole carrier as I have lots of old jeans I have been saving.

  • Glenda marsh
    December 29, 2018

    Love that bib for baby gifts!!

  • Pam
    December 29, 2018

    What a great way to recycle jeans, Have several pairs just waiting for a re-purpose. Would love to have the book.

  • Jan C
    December 29, 2018

    I save jeans for repurposing, I never know what will strike my fancy. I’d love to win the book to give fresh ideas.

  • Evelyn J. Gonzalez
    December 29, 2018

    I have tons of old, recyclable pairs of jeans! These are great ideas!

  • Gwen Wells
    December 29, 2018

    I used recycled denim to recover the cushions and recliner in our camper.

  • Janet johnson
    December 29, 2018

    I really need to make a casserole carrier. I think one made from old jeans would be very sturdy and easy to toss in the wash after use. I wondering if the book has any ideas on how to easily make a couple of tote bags? I need a new one for my library books and one made of jeans with a jeans pocket for library cards would be cute and handy.

  • Starla
    December 29, 2018

    I love recycling my husband’s old jeans to make useful items!

  • DebbieW
    December 29, 2018

    Always have a lot of jeans to recycle.

  • Donna
    December 29, 2018

    The bibs are so cute! Want to try those.

  • Nancy Grim
    December 29, 2018

    I have always enjoyed watching Nancy work her magic with fabric. Now what a perfect idea for the old jeans I just went thru. I intended to start a quilt, but this is such a better idea. She has done it again…thank you Nancy for sharing your talent with us. She will never be forgotten.

  • Noreen
    December 29, 2018

    I love the quality of things made from jeans. I want to make a travel toiletries container from old jeans. Love the bunkhouse bib!

  • Barb K
    December 29, 2018

    Lots of ideas for recycled jeans–the pot holders look handy.

  • Janice LaRue
    December 29, 2018

    I love to make upcycled aprons and tote bags from bib overalls I find at yard sales and thrift stores. I think I like the backs even more than the fronts!

  • Becky
    December 29, 2018

    I have been saving old jeans for years. Love the bib and the barbeque placemats

  • MoeWest
    December 29, 2018

    I have a whole cloth white quilt (not handmade) that I plan to use to slipcover a chair.

  • Berenice
    December 29, 2018

    The pot holders sound like a great idea. I would definitely make a few pairs of these. I have 12 pairs of my husband’s pants that need to be re-purposed!

  • CAROL L.
    December 29, 2018

    I’ve made a 10 gore skirt from about 5 pr of jeans. Love the recycle/ reuse ideas from Nancy!

  • Teri
    December 29, 2018

    We have a bunch of old jeans and work pants that we’ve been hoping to find projects to use them in. This book looks great.

  • Carla
    December 29, 2018

    I’ve been saving old jeans for years hoping to make a quilt some day.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    December 29, 2018

    I have recycled old blankets by using them in place of batting in quilts. Now I have ideas for jeans.

  • Bonnye
    December 29, 2018

    I like to recycle jeans. Last recycle project was making my husband a workshop apron from my bib overalls. He loves it.

  • Laurie Jones
    December 29, 2018

    I’ve been re-purposing jeans for years. I’ve made bags in various sizes, but my favorite is to change the jeans into a jean skirt. I embroider something fun on the front side and have a unique comfy one-of-a-kind outfit!

  • lj
    December 29, 2018

    I have several jeans that I have been saving to make a picnic quilt with. Also jean baskets! Lots of ideas in the book to work with. Thanks!

  • Carol Zahn
    December 29, 2018

    My “stash” seems to keep producing used jeans – would love the book. Will make many gifts “of jeans”.

  • Linda Clark
    December 29, 2018

    I really need a sewing machine mat and making one out of jeans would be very sturdy. Thank you for a book like this.

  • Gail Beam
    December 29, 2018

    I save jeans for repurposing as they have so many parts you can use for different projects. Some of the ways I have used old jeans is to make totes, pillows, and applique letters for names and monograms on various items. I am in the process of making a lined jean tote. It would be great to win this book for new ideas and projects.

  • Ruth
    December 29, 2018

    I made 5 jean blankets that I used all of the jeans including even the back and front pockets. It was a lot of fun, but a lot of work. I did not do only one size strip, I made some 2 inch to 6 1/2 inch! I just finished these for Christmas and now get to do one more for my nephew’s fiancee for next year. I really like some of these ideas and think the casserole carrier will be the project after I finish the blanket! Thank you for the ideas!

  • Mary Jo Wippold
    December 29, 2018

    I have made 2 blue jean quilts. They were a lot of fun to make. And I still have a stash of old blue jeans. So although I’d like to make another blue jean quilt someday, i think i’ll try something smaller like a jean purse in 2019.

  • Beverly
    December 29, 2018

    I just love the bib and placemat, but the only thing I have ever made of old jeans was a skirt that came out really cute. I just love the ideas I see here.

  • Edna Marks
    December 29, 2018

    I like the jeans pot holder.

  • Marjory W
    December 30, 2018

    My next recycled project is doll clothing made from children’s like-new clothing found in a thrift store.

  • Joan
    December 30, 2018

    I am working on an embroidered jean jacket with princess lines that is made from recycled blue jeans. It can be appliqued or embroidered or embellished as inspiration strikes. I also just saw another great jean jacket pattern in Nancy’s catalog that would make a great gift for my teen granddaughter. The great thing about jeans is the never-ending supply.

  • Lois
    December 30, 2018

    I want to recycle a cat food bag into a trendy tote bag.

  • Donna Sturdevant
    December 30, 2018

    I’ve been recycling jeans for a while and turned several old jeans into Christmas stockings using the back pocket of the jeans just below the cuff on the stocking to hide a “special” gift. I made one and the person used the pocket to hide an engagement ring. I love the ideas on the video. Thanks for the ideas.

  • Enid
    December 31, 2018

    I have a lot of jeans. I have made several styles of pot holders. I want to book for more information.

  • Evelyn J. Gonzalez
    December 31, 2018

    I lead a 4-H sewing club & each year give the kids a “Summer Surprise Project” using cotton & recycled jeans. I’d love a book full of recycled jean projects. Thanks,

  • Rhonda
    December 31, 2018

    I’ll be making a denim comforter or two. Great way to start out a new year!

  • LINDA K.
    January 3, 2019

    My husband wears out bib overalls so fast and is a tall “football-player” sized man, so I have plenty of jean material, also I take the “fancy” pockets from jeans given to me, yes I save the jean material to use in projects.

    The first project I tackled was a king-size jean blanket requested by my husband from his bibs. I couldn’t believe it turned out, plus the warmth, wear, and durability! Then when we were done, the dogs loved it, I still have it after 15+ years and plan to donate the remnants (after cutting down) to our local humane society.

    Why I want Nancy’s book? Because I know she always has SO many more projects than most of us dream up, plus may introduce construction and devices used by her I have not seen before even though I have been sewing for “yikes” 50+ years!

  • Kitty Austin
    January 3, 2019

    I’ve been making tote bags out of old jeans and also old feed sacks. Living on a homestead farm, I have plenty of both. The feed sack bags are used to carry recycle goods to the drop off and the jeans totes are used as purses. I have a whole tote still of jeans for re-purpose and a huge stack of feed sacks to work on right now. The jeans, btw, are already re-cycled because we buy all our jeans at a thrift store so they are second hand when we get them! I’m recycling recycled goods!

  • L Watson
    January 3, 2019

    Leftover jean fabric is so great because of its durability. I believe the last project using jeans in my household was my daughters making bedding for their doll rooms. We used it as a stabilizing fabric on the back because she wanted to use her decorative stitches for the top of the little quilts. We got that idea from a Sewing with Nancy show I watched a long time ago! Nancy was making pillows and said that would be a perfect place to use all those fun decorative stitches you usually never get to use.

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