If you’re like many people, you might one day find yourself with a pair of unwanted or unusable jeans. But maybe they’re not in any shape to be donated, or maybe you’re still a little sentimentally attached to them, even if you can’t wear them anymore. But there has to be something better just throwing them in the trash or the rag pile, and there’s only so many times you can make cut-offs. Honestly, how many pairs of jorts does one need?
Luckily, there’s a lot you can do with old denim. Denim is a great fabric to work with because it’s durable and comfortable at the same time, which means denim can be used to make accessories, household items, electronics cases and even other clothing, and it’ll stand up to whatever wear you put it through. We’ve compiled five ideas for what to do with your old jeans, and there are tons more floating around the Web. Also check out the world’s largest pair of jeans—they were recycled, too, to make bookbags for local children.