Sew a Potholder in Minutes from Recycled Jeans

Sew a Potholder in Minutes from Recycled Jeans

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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 ten 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 Potholders

In about an hour, create a pair of durable recycled jeans potholders 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 2018? Leave your answer in the comment section for a chance to win 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans from Nancy’s Notions.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a copy of the book, Sewing With Nancy’s Favorite Scarves to Sew from Nancy’s Notions is Pat Howell.

Her comment is, “No contest! My hands down favorite is the spiral scarf. The drape of this scarf makes it a pleasure to wear even for those of us who are challenged by scarves.”

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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39 Comments

  • Jennifer Reinke
    December 21, 2017

    2018 will be my year to sew! I love these ideas to recycle old jeans. Quick projects to start on in the cold winter. You were an inspiration Nancy, and I will miss all your inspiring techniques

  • Peggy V
    December 21, 2017

    I have been collecting jeans for a while now time to use them. Your book would be vey helpful with that endeavor. I think a bag will be a good starting point. Thank your for the opportunity to win this book!!!

  • Becky B.
    December 21, 2017

    This would be the perfect book. I have so many old pairs of jeans that I have deconstructed and am planning on making hot pads and embroidered patchwork throws out of them.

  • Ann Marie Oblas
    December 21, 2017

    This is a great way to reuse all of the old demon I’ve been stashing!

  • Linda weinberger
    December 21, 2017

    If I could get my husband to part with his jeans, the book would be very valuable. I love the bibs made from the jeans. The toddler could you the bandanna instead of a napkin

  • Dana Young
    December 21, 2017

    I would like to make a recycled tote bag from jeans in the new year. 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to win this book . It would help me learn proper deconstruction techniques.

  • Karen B
    December 21, 2017

    I have a stack of jeans to recycle, and would love new ideas to put them to use, Love the pot holder. I have even saved pockets

  • Diane Kettleson
    December 21, 2017

    I have 44 years of worn out blue jeans. This would be the ticket to using them up.

  • Anne M Crabbs
    December 21, 2017

    My recycled project is to take the legs of the jeans and the pockets. I make straps with velcro for men to use on their walkers. They enjoy masculine personalized bags.

  • Sandi Corlett
    December 21, 2017

    For years, the teen sewers in my classes have been using recycled jeans to make a variety of projects. One of the more unusual projects was a jeans hat and jacket a student made for his cat! I later was shown a picture of the cat modeling his new outfit. I’d love to make a jeans bib for a new baby gift.

  • Pam
    December 21, 2017

    I like the potholders. It would be a good gift for the male cooks in my family.

  • Cindy Hoover
    December 21, 2017

    I save old jeans and also go to our local goodwill to make inexpensive purchases of as many different colors of jeans as possible. I have designed some quilt patterns using these jeans remnants and it is really fun working in the different colors.

  • Marian Copus
    December 21, 2017

    I’ve been saving old jeans that I find at second hand shops for years. For 2018 I plan to use some in mug rugs and bowl cozies. Both make handy gifts for birthdays or Christmas.

  • DebbieW
    December 21, 2017

    My recycle project for 2018 would be a jeans-pocket pocketbook to carry books I’m reading. ; )

  • Susan Spiers
    December 21, 2017

    I started crazy quilt blocks in denim several years ago, but never finished! Next year I will complete it! Thank you, Susan

  • J Martin
    December 21, 2017

    I would to have this book! Not long ago I cut up an old denim jumper I had and made a pillow from it. I put the pocket in the center to hold remote controls for the tv and DVD player. Makes keeping these devices close at hand and easier to find. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  • BevM
    December 21, 2017

    I have two boxes of used jeans, just waiting for time and inspiration to make into useful gifts!

  • Kathryn E
    December 21, 2017

    I would like to make some mug rugs. I am saving the tops of old cotton socks that have worn-out heels or toes to use as the ‘batting’ in the mug rugs. They will absorb the condensation from the mugs.

  • Becky Canuteson
    December 21, 2017

    I would make potholders. We have a developmentally disabled daughter whose clothing of choice is jeans. Maybe these would give her more confidence in the kitchen.

  • Clovis
    December 21, 2017

    Don’t know what I would make. There are a lot of different projects to make.

  • Margaret Morton
    December 21, 2017

    I want to make a denim lap quilt from old jeans. Maybe I can use the pockets to make potholders.

  • Bonnye
    December 21, 2017

    I would make the pot holders. My daughter in law does not cook and when I visit the family and bring food, I never have a potholder. Great gift idea.

  • Linda
    December 21, 2017

    What a Cool Ideas !!! I need this

  • Beverly
    December 21, 2017

    I believe the perfect recycle project for me would be an apron. Perhaps a garden tool belt would be nice, too.

  • Noreen
    December 21, 2017

    I love the pocket ideas! I think I would choose one of those. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  • Mary Green
    December 21, 2017

    I have three quilt tops to quilt for some young girls who’re granddaughters of a long-time friend of mine. And jeans shorts for hubby. I can make some pot holders and placemats from the leftover denim.

  • Brenda Beane
    December 21, 2017

    My favorite use of used denim is to recycling into projects such as bags, quilts, and unusual household items that are not available for purchase at a store.

  • Cheryl
    December 21, 2017

    Would love to win this recycle jeans book, they all look like such good ideas. This book would surely get me busy using up all the old jeans I’ve saved

  • Gail Beam
    December 21, 2017

    I love jeans and have collected a number of old pairs to make some items out of! I would love to have this book to inspire me with all of the neat recycle projects that are included !!

  • Patricia Wester
    December 21, 2017

    I’ve cut apart a number of pairs of jeans that, for some reason, just didn’t fit anymore. I have lots of jeans fabric accumulated and the first thing I made was a tote bag with 9 squares of fabric each embroidered with a different vegetable. I use it for going to the farmer’s market. I like it so much that I will probably make another one.

  • Nancy Cooper
    December 21, 2017

    Having 5 daughters, 4 granddaughters, and 2 great-granddaughters I would like to make every one of the projects mentioned that would be appropriate. Enjoy your ability to show all of us sewers the tricks and easy ways that make more time for us to sew. Would like to have this book to make all of the useful items for all my girls.

  • JoniP
    December 22, 2017

    I would love to finish a jean jacket I started a number of years ago from recycled jeans. I had bunches of applique on it and I didn’t get a-round-to-it. Now I have an amazing embroidery machine so in 2018 I will be digging out the pieces and finishing the jacket! Left- overs would make perfect potholders.

  • Tina
    December 22, 2017

    Such great ideas. I would like to make an apron and pot holders. I have some jeans I have set aside for “some day”. Thanks

  • Bonnie
    December 22, 2017

    What a great selection of project ideas! I am planning to make a quilted tote bag from recycled jeans. The BBQ Placemats are also on my to-do list.

  • Karen Poole
    December 22, 2017

    My next recycled project is using some fantastic wool plaid fabric to make a newsboy style hat! I found a beautiful wool plaid jacket in reds and blacks at a thrift store in my neighborhood, so I bough the jacket and deconstructed it to use the fabric!! Very nice!

  • Anne Z.
    December 24, 2017

    I would love to make the tailgate casserole carrier.. What a fun carrier to bring dishes to a picnic.

  • Ossie marcum
    December 25, 2017

    I have needed to get motivated to get back into sewing. This book should do the trick. Thanks for a chance to win it.

  • Martha Hood
    December 25, 2017

    Time to start thinking of getting back in swing of sewing, staying busy. Love the potholders and who would have thought of for bibs. Both would be good way to use the old jeans laying around. Starting on quilt also. Thanks for ideas.

  • Teresa Celusta
    December 27, 2017

    I made a gift bag for a hard to wrap gift out of jeans for Christmas. I enjoy making the bib!

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