Can these jeans be saved?

A pair of jeans that you like can be harder to find than a best friend or a good dog.

Pictured here is a pair of jeans that were my former favorite jeans.

My former favorite jeans

It was with much reluctance and sorrow that I replaced them.

This stems in no small measure from the fact that I don’t particularly like to shop, and the other truth (to paraphrase Flannery O’Connor) that a good pair of jeans is hard to find.

But, be that as it may, these jeans were near the end of their useful life, and after having read an article on how to make denim yarn, I wondered if it were possible to convert a favorite pair of jeans into a favorite scarf, and it is that question that I am investigating here.

Having found an acceptable replacement for my favorite pair of jeans, I took my favorite fabric scissors and began the process of turning my former favorite jeans into a scarf.

First, I made the initial cuts into the fabric

My former favorite jeans after an encounter with my favorite scissors

Next, I followed directions that I found here to create one continuous strip from each leg from my former favorite jeans.

My former favorite jeans

Then, I joined the ends of the two continuous strips using a sewing machine, and wound the entire thing into this ball.

My former favorite jeans wound into a ball

The next step is to put this continuous strip of denim in the washer and then dry it.

Apparently some kind of magic happens in the dryer. I have read that the result is something wonderful that can then be used to make my new favorite scarf.

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5 thoughts on “Can these jeans be saved?

  1. I am dying to know how this turned out, I want to try it, but dont want to get blisters from cutting the jeans up if it didnt work out

    1. I haven’t washed the “yarn” yet, but I got the cutting done without a blister incident.

  2. Oh my gosh I NEEED to know what kind of magic happened! I’m just dying to know! And how did your scarf turn out? Is the denim yarn usable for any other crochet projects? So curious!!!!

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