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How to Make a Throw Pillow Cover With Recycled Jeans

Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

Cute denim throw pillow, perfect for my living room couch.

Cute denim throw pillow, perfect for my living room couch.

Learn How to Make a Denim Throw Pillow Cover From Your Old Jeans

After years of tossing out my husband's old blue jeans, I decided I'd make something out of them rather than add more trash to the local landfill.

I always seem to have old jeans lying around the house, and there is a reason for that. My husband needs jeans with a 32" inseam, and they are just a tad too long for him. So, after a while, the hems get badly torn. They are too damaged to donate to an organization, and I can never say no to more fabric.

My solution to this dilemma is that I make things out of them, and one of my favorite things to make is this throw pillow cover. It adds a nice casual touch to my living room sofa, and it matches almost any décor. Because it is an envelope-style pillow cover, it is easily removed from the pillow form for washing.

This pillow makes a great gift for a student heading off to college in the fall. Put a few pens and pencils in the pocket, maybe even a few dollars, wrap it up, and you are set!

Making this is really easy, and almost anyone with a sewing machine can do it. Just follow these step-by-step photos and instructions, and you'll have your own throw pillow cover in no time.

What an adorable denim throw pillow cover!  Looks great on the sofa.

What an adorable denim throw pillow cover! Looks great on the sofa.

Types of Pillow Covers

There are three types of pillow covers.

  • Envelope: These covers can be easily removed and have an overlapping flap on the back side that is open.
  • Zippered: These covers have a zipper on one side which allows for easy removal and washing.
  • Stitched: These covers are sewn over the pillow form and cannot be removed.

Instructions

The following instructions and measurements make one throw pillow cover that fits a 14" by 14" pillow form.

If you want to use another size pillow form, there is a table provided for cutting measurements.

Supplies Needed

  • One 14" x 14" pillow form
  • Old jeans - at least one pair, depending on the size
  • Scissors - Use good fabric scissors. Jeans are hard to cut through.
  • Seam ripper

I use a quilter's ruler, a cutting mat, and a rotary cutter to cut the jeans down to the size needed, but this pattern can still be used if you don't have these items.

You'll also need a sewing machine and thread.

One half of a pair of blue jeans after they have been taken apart.  The center seam is the seam that runs down the outside part of the leg.

One half of a pair of blue jeans after they have been taken apart. The center seam is the seam that runs down the outside part of the leg.

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Step 1: Disassemble the Jeans

Before beginning, make sure your jeans have been washed and pressed.

Using a seam ripper and scissors, disassemble the blue jeans.

The best way to do this is to split the jeans in half.

Take apart the inseam first. Then cut the center of the jeans, from the crotch to the waist, along the zipper line in the front and the center seam in the back.

Press open the two halves.