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Recycled Denim Coaster

Posted on May 16, 2010

Got some old jeans? Well how about recycling the hems into some cool coasters. I saw the idea over at Going Green Crafters where they used the hems from old jeans to create denim coasters.

I just love recycling denim and had to try this craft project. I used two inside hems from a pair of old jeans to create my coaster. Trim the edges very close and evenly with a pair of sharp scissors.


Next I spliced my two hem strips together with a thread and needle. Just do a few hidden slip stitches to secure your two denim pieces together. You can click on any of the photos to supersize them.


Using a fabric glue, roll up your denim hem and apply a line of glue along the inside of the strip. Work your way along by tightly rolling up the denim and applying the glue until you get to the end. I added a extra bit of glue at the end and left the coaster to dry for several hours on a flat surface to make sure the coaster would set up nicely.


Here is my finished denim coaster. It measures about 4 inches wide. I left the bottom hem end on it as I thought it added character. You could cut it off or add another hem strip to make your coaster larger as desired. Now I’m ready to go out and enjoy a hot cup of coffee using my new recycled denim coaster.

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55 Responses to “Recycled Denim Coaster”

  1. Nick
    Oct 26, 2017

    Creative idea!! Thanks for sharing.. Keep it up


  2. Karen
    Jan 01, 2019

    Very cute and clever. When you say you cut off the hems, do you mean the inside seams? Hems are at the bottom of the legs and these don’t look like hems to me. These pieces are very long like inside seams. Just wondering!


  3. Cindy
    Jan 03, 2019

    @Karen – Yes I used the inside seams (hems) to do these coasters. Sorry if I used the wrong phrase when I referred to these strips I cut. But they were the inside seams on old jeans. I cut and trimmed them for these coasters and also on lids like here. These strips of seams make great items. I hope you will try some of these recycled denim craft ideas.
    Best wishes and thanks for posting a comment.


  4. Lorinda
    Jun 03, 2019

    Is it ok to put washable fabric glue to make a Jean seam trivet? A trivet is used for hot pans and want to make sure no one gets a glue high from any fumes when used. Thanks


  5. Cindy
    Jun 05, 2019

    @Lorinda – I wouldn’t put anything too hot on the coaster. I was thinking more like a coffee cup etc. I won’t put anything so hot on it that it would melt the glue. It would have to be pretty hot for it to melt the glue and smoke. Anyway that is my suggestion.

    Best wishes and hope it works out for you.



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