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I love refashioning and repurposing jeans. We all have jeans and when they become unusable for one reason or another, the fabric is wonderful for using in so many ways. I love the different shades of blue and the fraying of unfinished denim edges. But what about those jean cuffs? Simple: turn them into a super quick and super simple DIY jean hem bracelet!This was my favorite pair of jeans for a while. They had ripped many times in the knees, and are actually the same pair that I used to show how to mend holes in jeans in this machine darning tutorial. (Here you can see me wearing it with my Saturn Sweater.)
I turned these favorite jeans into what became my favorite skirt in a funky refashion that I will share a tutorial for soon. But I didn’t need the cuffs for the refashion. I hated to throw them away, so I just came up with a really simple accessory: a jean hem bracelet.
- Cut off one denim hem right above the seam with sharp fabric scissors.
- Cut through the hem to turn it into a strip.
- Trim the strip so that the two ends overlap about 2 cm (¾”).
- Apply a snap with a snap press or sew one on by hand.
- (Optional) Embellish the strip with embroidery, sewn trim, etc.
Now wear your funky new accessory with a refashioner’s pride! I chose not to embellish my jean hem bracelet because I sometimes prefer a simple accessory. I wore this bracelet all last summer because it was lightweight and didn’t stick to me as metal jewelry does when I’m hot and sticky. One great thing about it is that, when it got dirty, I could just throw it in the washing machine with the rest of my laundry.
The cut edges will inevitably fray. You can leave these white threads hanging out if you like that look, otherwise just trim them off.
Looking for an interesting and unique way to use your old jeans? Cut them and sew them up with an old sheet (or other fabric) for a cool pleated skirt with a matching belt!
And if you love repurposing jeans and making denim items, make sure you follow my “Repurposing Jeans” board on Pinterest! There are currently more than 320 projects and ideas on it, with more being added every week!