Turn Your Old Jeans Into a Trendy Retro Scatter Rug

Our grandparents were wonderful at recycling things, in particular old clothes.  In fact, ‘make do and mend’ was the watchword for many families during the post war years.  And there’s no reason why you can’t do so too!

Most of us have old denim jeans or shirts stuck at the back of the wardrobe that never see the light of day.  Here’s how to recycle your old denim into a brilliantly trendy scatter rug to give your home a touch of retro homespun glamour.  Note that the rug will fade and fray slightly after washing; but that just adds to the ‘used’ look that works so well especially beside the fire in a country snug.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need plenty of old thin denim fabric that you can cut up into small rectangles, and a large section of thicker material (patched together to make up to size if required) to be used as backing.

How to Do it

Cut a piece of heavy-weight denim fabric to the desired size and finish the sides with bias binding to prevent fraying.  If necessary, sew several pieces of fabric together.  This piece will form the backing for your rug.

Use dressmaker’s chalk or a pencil to mark decreasing rectangles 1” apart from the edge to the center of the fabric.  Now, take the thinner denim and cut into lots of small rectangles measuring about 2” x 3”

Begin at the center of the rug and work outwards.  Sew the rectangles to the backing, stitching across the center of the rectangle so that the sides stick up evenly.  Gather the fabric as you sew.  On completion of one rectangle, stitch it down and go round again to secure it.

For the final round, cut the rectangles into halves along their length so that measure 11/2” by 2”.  Stitch along the edge of the backing material to ensure that the final row lies flat.

In Conclusion

Now you have a totally recycled trendy denim scatter rug that will be the envy of all your friends!


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Alison Page

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Alison is a small business owner, freelance writer, author and dressage judge. She has degrees in Equine Science and Business Studies.

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