What to Do With Torn Jeans?

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So, you've got some torn-up jeans. Maybe you've had them since 7th grade or maybe they got shredded sliding into home plate. Whatever the case, the last thing you should do is throw them away. Think green. There are ways to use your jeans-- with a little bit of creativity.


Depending on where your jeans are ripped, they might be prime cut-off shorts contenders. If the rips are relegated to the legs, then you've got a perfect opportunity to get some worn-in shorts on the cheap. Not to mention, they're never out of style, always cool. Match your torn jeans up to a pair of shorts you already have whose length you like. Match the crotches up perfectly, putting your shorts on top of your jeans. Draw a line on your jeans at the bottom of your shorts and snip the legs off at the line. Throw them in the wash to fray and voila.

Rip Them More

Just like denim cut-offs, a pair of worn-in ripped jeans can be just the thing for your ultra casual outings and hang out sessions. One rip can be kind of awkward looking, but if that's all you've got on your jeans, take scissors, razors and sandpaper in hand and distress them to the max. Rub the sandpaper on them, snip with the scissors and make small hash marks with the razors. Throw on an old band T-shirt and you are seriously in business.

Put Them on Your Fridge

No, an entire pair of jeans should not go on your refrigerator door, as that would cause problems. But, if you have scissors and a magnet with an adhesive back, you can have a new magnet that is useful to hold lists and receipts on the old fridge. Turn your jeans inside out. Trace an outline of the back pocket on the jeans with a pen. Cut around the pen line, making sure you aren't cutting into the seam of the pocket. Pull away the adhesive backing on the magnets and stick a couple to the back of the pocket. Stick to fridge. If you're crafty, decorate the pocket with markers, giltter, pocket paints or a touch of lace.


Have an old blanket with a hole in it? How about another pair of jeans? Use the ruined pair to cut out a patch, any shape and size you like. It won't be iron on, but if you've got basic sewing skills, it won't be hard to stitch it in place. Plus, it'll last a lot longer than any iron backing. Get creative and sew it on with metallic or neon-colored thread.

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