More Recycled Jeans Projects in 10-20-30 Minutes

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More Recycled Jeans Projects in 10-20-30 Minutes

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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 Outdated jeans provide the stability and pockets for this upcycled project.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.

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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/DVD, 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans.

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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 The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman


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

10 20 30 Minute Recycled Denim by Nancy Zieman


Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of Nancy Zieman’s New! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from the February 26 blog post is Bev Bolduc Aldridge.

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Her comment is: I have been following Nancy Zieman and her projects and tips for many years. Nancy has been a testament to her love of sewing and making life easier without giving up/in. I have made many clothes and other sewn items which all turned out great using her methods. I am hoping to create a pillow for the Nancy Zieman Productions 2019 Pillow Sewing Challenge, just need to figure out what size to make.



2019 NZP Pillow Sewing Challenge

Be sure to join in and follow the 2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge at the NZP Blog. Deadline to enter is today, Tuesday, March 19, 2019.



Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Gail Beam
    March 19, 2019

    I love the sewing machine mat! My sewing machine needs this underneath and I have several pairs of jeans that need to be recycled into this awesome mat.

  • Betty Tolan
    March 19, 2019

    Growing up in a family of 10 people I learned early on to remake many items and continue to do this today. I would love this book for some new ideas. I have LOTS of jeans to “redo”!

  • Sandra C
    March 19, 2019

    Making minutes count is great for time management. Busy schedules so any help finding time to sit and sew are always welcome. Love the sewing machine mat which might work for Serger too. Love how Nancy has so many solutions to help us sew better.

  • Carolyn T
    March 19, 2019

    Upcoming recycle project includes creating scoop neck and asymmetrical necklines from turtleneck tops.

  • Ann West
    March 19, 2019

    Love the cute crossbody jeans bag! My daughters and granddaughter would love to get such a bag. Thanks.

  • Lorraine Alves
    March 19, 2019

    I’m combining good legs from one pair of jeans with a good body from another to make a pair to wear when working in the garden. The other pieces will be used to create coasters for an outdoor picnic event.

  • Christa Martin
    March 19, 2019

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book by Nancy. I sew almost every day and Nancy inspired me to begin making quilts about 3 years ago. I have now made over 30 and I enjoy the process so much that I hope to make many more. I have several pair of old jeans that I’ve been saving and trying to decide what make with them. I’m sure this book would inspire me to sew them into great new projects.

  • Marie
    March 19, 2019

    I’ve recycled jeans in the past, but Nancy’s book provides additional ideas. Thank you.

  • Joyce Migliore
    March 19, 2019

    I always save old jeans for mending, and would love to make some of these projects.

  • April Buchanan
    March 19, 2019

    I have enjoyed following Nancy for years. Her instructions are so easy to follow. I have saved Pinterest ideas to recycle old jeans for years too. I’d love to have her book 10-20-30 minute to Recycle Jeans.

  • Chris Pearson
    March 19, 2019

    As a young wife and mother I loved watching and learning from Nancy’s shows. I am now 72 and still love watching and learning from Nancy and use many of her sewing aids as they most definitely fit a purpose.

  • Jan Wurster
    March 19, 2019

    I have followed Nancy Zieman for many years. I am amazed at the different ways she shows to cut time and create something fabulous from old and new. I watch her shows daily on Public Television. She has left a wonderful legacy.

  • Lois
    March 19, 2019

    The outer, little worn edges of old towels make good batting when making potholders. I have several pairs of jeans that need to be recycled. Great ideas.

  • Gloria Udy
    March 19, 2019

    I miss Nancy Zieman. So glad to read Rest of the Story. Our thoughts go out to her family, who must miss her greatly. I really like Nancy s books. She has the heart of a teacher. She does so well to explain and help me get the concept.

    I would really like a copy of the recycle jeans book by Nancy.
    Thank you!

  • Katrina
    March 19, 2019

    I collect all my end cuts of material that are about a 1/4 inch. They are wonderful for grass in Easter baskets. It is very nice way to be green and not use the plastic grass. I also fill a pretty glass bowl and add my Easter eggs. Save enough for your grandchildren’s baskets. What is real fun is when they recognize bits of material you used during the year to make them fun quilts and sewing projects.

  • Jan H
    March 19, 2019

    I often use less-worn pieces cut from jeans as backings for pot holders. I’d like to try the apron and sewing mat projects from this book to take advantage of the pockets too.

  • Kim
    March 19, 2019

    I love recycled jeans projects!

  • Noreen
    March 19, 2019

    I love the clever way the jeans pockets are incorporated in the projects! The current fashion of skinny leg jeans will prevent us from having wonderful big legged jeans for projects.

    • Cindy McMurray
      March 19, 2019

      I often check for larger leg jeans at thrift stores or yard sales and sometimes find them for a dollar. We better snatch them up now while we can find them! 🙂

  • Cindy McMurray
    March 19, 2019

    You can always count on NZP to have great ideas!
    I have two bins of jeans and parts of jeans to make some lap quilts for some of it. My first recycle project though, is to make a quilt from some vintage sheets I’ve been collecting. They are so pretty and with a lightweight cotton batting, would be so very comfy to sleep with.
    Thanks for the chance to win Nancy Zieman’s Jean Recycle book! That would be such a great help with my jeans stash.

  • Bonnye
    March 19, 2019

    I save jeans for mending. I would like some ideas on how to use jeans for other projects.

  • Carla Castro
    March 19, 2019

    Several friends and I desperately need the crossbody jeans bag for our mobile phones! Whether out in the garden, or in the garage, the crossbody jeans bag provides quick access to help in case of accidents around the home! Thanks for sharing this, it’s so timely. I want to make and gift it to several friends!!

  • Barb K
    March 19, 2019

    The recycled jeans made into storage containers look very useful!

  • Sharon
    March 19, 2019

    Some good ideas for old jeans.

  • Janet johnson
    March 19, 2019

    Love the cross body jeans bag. Great way to carry your phone without sitting on it.

  • kathy
    March 19, 2019

    I love to recycle and has just been given a mink coat to make into a bear for a women’s great-grandchildren.

  • Helen Grantham
    March 19, 2019

    I have been making memory pillows for my late husband’s children using his jeans and shirts. The pillow covers have been therapeutic for me as well. And they have so far turned out cute. I used a method that uses thin sashing between the pieces of denim, and then they are not bumpy, then decorate using pieces of the shirts and a shirt front for the back so the pillow form can be easily removed when it’s time to launder the pillow top.

  • Wilma Shimkus
    March 19, 2019

    I have a basket of jeans just waiting .

  • tammy
    March 19, 2019

    So excited about this give away. I love all of Nancy’s work. I haven’t had funds to buy much but learned from her shows.

  • Susan
    March 20, 2019

    The Double Duty Mat is a great project to recycle jeans with its handy pockets to store valuable sewing tools.

  • lj Peterson
    March 20, 2019

    I have lots of jeans that I have been saving. Just can’t get rid of them! The crossbody bag and the sewing mat would be first on the list of to do items. Also the apron for little one in the house that loves to bake. Love to reuse! Thank you for opportunity!

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    March 20, 2019

    I have saved many pairs of old jeans in order to use them in projects like these. I would like to try a lot of these projects using denim scraps. I would really love to make the double duty mat for sewing and pressing.

  • Linda Johnson
    March 20, 2019

    This would be a great project for Charlotte a 19 year old Autistic girl. I am teaching her to sew and these project would be good for her. They are easy and straight forward. She would have success in completing these projects in her 2 hour lesson. This would expand her world and give her confidence to try other projects.

    God Bless,

  • JJ Bain
    March 21, 2019

    My sister-in-law is retired high school science teacher. She used to put out a large box and ask students to contribute old jeans. When it was filled. She would take jeans home to create quilts. She made many quilts for family.

  • Treva Campbell
    March 21, 2019

    I have lots of jeans. Can’t wait to make something else with them.

  • Diane Nickerson
    March 23, 2019

    I love turning old jeans into new, useful items!!

  • Carol
    March 26, 2019

    I have jeans in many sizes just waiting to be taken apart and transformed into something special.

  • Ginny Hjalmarson
    August 6, 2020

    I recently watched one part of the recycle jeans show on PBS (July 2020). I would really like to find the book, but have not been able to find it anywhere. Do you have it for sale or can you suggest where I might find it?

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