How to Make a Denim Rug

Recycle your old jeans by using basic quilting tools and sewing know-how to piece together this country-inspired throw rug.


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All you need is a needle, thread, some fabric, and these step by step instructions to start sewing.


You Will Need

  • Several pairs of old blue jeans
  • A seam ripper
  • A measuring tape
  • Scissors or a strip cutter
  • A sewing machine
  • A sewing needle and heavy thread
  • Heavy cotton or nylon thread
  • A thrift store (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Prepare jeans

    Cut the legs off of your jeans and open up the seams on each side of the pant leg with a seam ripper. Measure and cut the fabric lengthwise into long, one-inch-wide strips with scissors or a strip cutter.

  2. If you don’t have enough denim on hand, shop for inexpensive jeans at your local thrift store.

  3. Step 2

    Sew the strips

    Sew three strips together, end to end, using a sewing machine. If you sew by hand, use a simple whip stitch.

  4. Step 3

    Braid strips

    Braid your strips of fabric together into long, tight plaits.

  5. Step 4

    Coil the braids

    Decide on the shape of your rug -- oval or round -- and coil the braids accordingly. Stitch the ends of each plait together with heavy thread.

  6. Step 5

    Tuck the end

    Tuck the end of your last plait between the folds of the coils and sew it into place. Find some bare floor and lay down a little piece of country in your own home.

  7. Levi Strauss, who invented denim in 1873, left $6 million to his family and various charities when he died in 1902.