How to Upcycle Old Jeans to Make Unique Patchwork Seat Pads

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My families old jeans are recycled into projects around the home. I love all the different shades of blue that denim comes in.

I had some dining chairs where the seat pads were a bit grubby and boring so I wanted to make some new covers for them. Instead of just covering the seat pads in denim, I decided to use a hexagon patchwork.

The hexagons really showed off the lovely different shades of denim that the jeans came in.

This sewing project is a lot easier than it seems and I did do it all by hand you don't need a sewing machine for this. However, it isn't a quick project, it's one to do slowly whilst binge watching box sets on Netflix.
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
That's the chair before, they are good chairs but the seat pads were a bit grubby and boring for me.
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
The first thing I did was gather all my old jeans for upcycling. This project is great for using up scraps. (Having 3 teenage boys in the house there is no shortage of old jeans.)
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
The hexagon patchwork method I used is called English Paper Piecing. If you haven't heard of English Paper Piecing its a lot easier than it sounds. There are some links to good youtube videos on my blog that explain it well.

how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
Using double sided sticky tape, stick a paper hexagon to the wrong side of the denim. Then using a rotary cutter and board cut around the paper hexagon allowing for a 1/2" seam.
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
The next thing to do is to tack down the seam of the hexagon around the paper hexagon. I actually do this without sewing through the paper.
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
Once you have a big pile of denim hexagon patches you can start sewing them together.
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
To sew the patches together I use a small running stitch along the edge sewing to edges together at a time. I just carry on in a random pattern until I had a piece of patchwork big enough to cover my chair.
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
Once you are happy with your patchwork design. You simply remove the paper hexagons.
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
No, I didn't run out of denim. I decided to add a bit of quirkiness to each chair by adding in 3 random patterned fabric patches onto each seat pad
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
I unscrewed my seat pad from the chair and then removed the old cover.
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
The denim patchwork was then attached to the seat pad with a staple gun.
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
how to upcycle old jeans to make unique patchwork seat pads
I love how my dining chairs have turned out. They look so much better than before, I love all the different shades of denim. I also enjoyed making them it was nice having something to sew whilst watching the TV in the evening.

I love upcycling in denim especially for the home you can see a collection of my denim crafts here.
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  • Tin32656140
    on May 19, 2018

    If I use those papers in a quilt, will the papper bunch up and be bad when washed?

    I love the chair idea!

  • Tin32656140
    on May 19, 2018

    If I use those papers in a quilt, will the papper bunch up and be bad when washed?

    I love the chair idea!

  • Pinkflmgo626
    on May 19, 2018

    Those are really cute! And unique. Are you saying here that you hand-stitched all those together? I’m thinking I might want to use a wide zigzag on the sewing machine. Had you considered that?

    • Pinkflmgo626
      on May 20, 2018

      I’m impressed that you did that. Still this is one of the cutest ideas I think I’ve ever seen. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Carol Lacey
    on Jun 2, 2019

    You just gave me a great idea! I love your chairs. Great job and it will last forever with the denim. I especially love the added “ quirky” patches. Gave the chair personality.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Claire at Pillarboxblue
      on Jun 2, 2019

      Thank you so much. They are wearing very well. I do like to mix things up a bit sometimes that's why I put the odd colour patch in.

  • Tiena Nobles
    on Jun 4, 2019

    I love your chair seats!! What a fun idea!

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