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

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

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“Who uses minutes has hours to use; who loses minutes whole years must lose.” That great quote sums up the Nancy Zieman method of sewing—10 minutes here, 20 minutes there. Nancy created this minutes-to-sew sewing principle for fashion sewing and quilting, and now for recycling jeans. In part two of the Sewing With Nancy TV mini-series, 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans and in the book by the same name, Nancy shows you how to utilize a few minutes, here and there, to recycle jeans into fun sewing projects!

10 20 30 Minute Recycled Denim by Nancy Zieman

Soft-Sided Bins

Store craft items, sewing supplies, toiletries, or stationery in these flexible bins. The ready-made pockets give double the storage space. Plus, the bins can be stored flat when not in use. This is recycling at it’s best! When you watch online, you’ll learn the basics of taking apart cast-off jeans and making something creative.

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Double Duty Mat

When you need flexibility in sewing, create the Double Duty Mat to use as a sewing station and pressing mat. First the sewing station: Set the machine on the largest portion of the mat, which provides a handy area of notions to be stored directly below the mat. Or, slide the mat to a flat surface and use as a pressing area, again with storage options. Outdated jeans provide the stability and pockets for this upcycled project.

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Crossbody Jeans Bag

Create a casual bag that’s just the right size to carry essentials—wallet, keys, phone, or a tablet. A recycled pair of jeans provides automatic pocket space without any extra sewing time. You’ll soon see that the crossbody bag can easily be made in a little over 2-hours.

Cross Body Bag Nancy Zieman Denim

Two-for-One Apron

Make two aprons from one pair of jeans—a recycling bonus! One apron will feature the front pockets while the other apron features the back pockets. Add binding, a ruffle, and a fabric belt for functionality and a little frill.

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See more practical and fresh projects in Nancy’s book, 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans.

10 20 30 Minute Recycled Denim by Nancy Zieman

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 children’s 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.
  • These projects are perfect for the beginning sewist, or anyone who wants to refresh their skills. This new book walks you through it all, 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 (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

Recycle Jeans Sewing With Nancy Part Two

What is your favorite recycled sewing project? Leave your response in the comment section for a chance to win the book 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans from Nancy’s Notions.

10 20 30 Minute Recycled Denim by Nancy Zieman


Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of  10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans book from the May 31 post is Susan.

10 20 30 Minute Recycled Denim by Nancy Zieman

Her comment is:
Have saved old jeans with the hopes of doing a quilt some day, but these recycling jeans ideas make doing a quick project realistic.




Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Patti Serenko
    June 7, 2018

    Purses! I have made purses and totes anywhere in sizes ranging from infant jeans to very large mens jeans. They are great for organizing separate project and are easy to grab and go.

  • Margaret Joyce
    June 7, 2018

    I love the inspiration and positivity of Nancy’s website. She has left a beautiful legacy. My favorite recycle is sweaters into mittens for all my family and friends. This post will have me looking at my jeans pile in a new way! Thank you

  • janet walters
    June 7, 2018

    I have saved family jeans to make rag quilts. I really didn’t know what else to use them for, I’ve not been quilting that long. But with the ideas from NZP, there’s a whole world of recycled jeans out there!

  • Becky G
    June 7, 2018

    I love making quilts! Jeans make terrific quilts for picnics.

  • Wilma K Shimkus
    June 7, 2018

    Hot pads made from jeans are the best. Storage boxes are great too.

  • Beverly
    June 7, 2018

    I love the idea of using the soft-sided bins in my sewing room. To date, the only way I have used jeans to upcycle is to make cute casual placemats with the pockets in place to hold cutlery.

  • MoeWest
    June 7, 2018

    I just finished making a window curtain from a thrifted shower curtain that I bought because I loved the print. I lined the curtain with fabric from a recycled sheet

  • Anita Jackson
    June 7, 2018

    I’ve made quilts with flannel from the recycled jeans I have. They are so durable and heavy duty for those cold days.

  • Hope Goodwin
    June 7, 2018

    Miss Nancy a whole lot but I have a feeling she’s teaching sewing tips in heaven. I like to reuse jeans but don’t have the patience to sew with them. Instead I cut them into strips and crochet rugs.

  • Clovis
    June 7, 2018

    I haven’t recycled jeans, but have used other outdated clothes for other projects.

  • Susan
    June 7, 2018

    Love the double duty mat. Can keep a sewing area tidy!

  • Kathy Myers
    June 7, 2018

    I love to recycle and have taken old leather coats and made purses from them!!!

  • Donna Fecteau
    June 7, 2018

    I love the mat for under my sewing machine! and maybe a smaller one for under my serger. I have a stack of jeans that I have saved and I also have a stack of circles cut to make a table runner from them.

  • L Watson
    June 7, 2018

    I have used old jeans to make bean bags for yard games, also I have cut pieces to make a sewing machine cover(I haven’t finished that project yet). I have used the pockets of old jeans to make little pouches containing toys for Christmas Care boxes. I have used old jeans to alter other jeans like Nancy taught us to put a “pie wedge” into the waistband of current jeans to make them fit better. I like the idea of jeans for boys’ “cowboy” bibs…the picnic placemats are tempting….and I like the idea for pairing old jeans with a fun new fabric for pot holders. Sew much to do, sew little time!

  • Anne Z.
    June 7, 2018

    I would love to make the casserole carrier. What a great way to take side dishes/desserts to summer picnics.

  • Janice Schultz
    June 7, 2018

    I’ve us d old jeans like this before to make “catch all ‘s” but here we have many creative ideas that are easy to do. Thanks.

  • Sandy
    June 7, 2018

    I have so many jeans that I’ve saved…to make something. Will be moving in a few months and plan to take them along! This book has so many great ideas!

  • Louise Johnson
    June 7, 2018

    I like the idea of the crossbody bag especially when I’m traveling and want to carry only the essentials for a walking tour.

  • Patti A.
    June 7, 2018

    I love the cross body bag. I just told me son that his jeans are no longer fixable and are headed to the sewing room scraps. Talk about great timing!

  • Kathy
    June 7, 2018

    Rr-Using a jean pocket on my granddaughters store dresses. The pocket is used for Type 1 pump. I make a button hole in the back of the pocket for tubing.

  • Carol
    June 7, 2018

    The apron made from jeans is really clever and so useful as well.

  • Noreen
    June 7, 2018

    I made an iPad carrier from old jeans, which worked really well for a hands free way to carry the iPad. I like the soft side bins with pockets (jeans pockets, of course!) all the way around.

  • Kathy Renz
    June 7, 2018

    I really like the double duty mat. My daughter lives in a small apartment. Dual-purpose items save space and the look is young and fun.

  • Bonnie
    June 7, 2018

    Love the soft-sided bins for flexible storage! I have used recycled jeans for quilts, casual placemats, and tote bags. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Cindy K
    June 7, 2018

    Soft sided bins looks like a project that could be made for a lot of uses

  • Gail Beam
    June 7, 2018

    I love the under the machine jean mat. I have a lot of old jeans saved up and would really like to have this book that is full of super neat recycled jean projects.

  • Janet johnson
    June 7, 2018

    That apron is so cute. It would be great to use when you are having a garage sale or when you are shopping at a garage sale. It is very cute. I would love to see what else is in the book…

  • judy
    June 7, 2018

    I like the many styles of bags made from old jeans.

  • Robin Hessefort
    June 8, 2018

    Next rain day, I will sew the jean apron. I have the perfect pair of jeans to recycle for this project.

  • Jean Palionis
    June 8, 2018

    NOW I know there is something practical to do with some of those old jeans I have been saving! What wonderful ideas. I especially like the double duty mat. When I have to put my sewing machine away, I can just roll up all my tools and they are safe until the next time I sew.

  • E. Watson
    June 8, 2018

    I like the soft-sided bins, and double duty mat. Though realisticly, I would probably use the bins more. 🙂

  • Max
    June 8, 2018

    The double duty mat would be great for quilting classes.

  • Karen
    June 8, 2018

    I use the pockets and fly zippers of jeans in my fidget quilts for the local nursing home. The fabric I have used for a purse and patches for other jeans. I would like to make a denim quilt with pockets and patches.

  • Jan C
    June 8, 2018

    Rag quilts for my grandsons!

  • Carolyn
    June 9, 2018

    I love making totes out of larger size jeans and pocket purses for children with trim & Applique added.

  • Patti
    June 10, 2018

    I have made a tote bag using the tool for cutting circles. I have gotten many compliments on it and it was loads of fun. I want to make the sewing machine pad in the book. It would be so handy when going to classes and retreats.

  • Nancy Mcleod
    June 28, 2018

    Love Sewing With Nancy program. I liked the cow boy/girl bib, adorable. And the hot cold food carrier. Would love to get the book BK-3007.

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