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.

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)

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.

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.

Step 3 Braid strips Braid your strips of fabric together into long, tight plaits.

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.

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.