Denim skirts have been around forever. Seems like since the 70’s it’s here to stay. Denim never goes out of style, but some styles of denim go out of date. When this happens we simply buy other denim designs. But what to do with the old stuff? Well, nowadays people make all sorts of things from old jeans, like purses, picture frames – even shoes! You can jump on the denim bandwagon, too, by turning some of your old jeans into new decor items for your home.
Gather all your old denim skirts, or purchase some inexpensive designs from yard sales, and in minutes, you’ll have fabulous throw pillows like no one else’s. There’s virtually no blue jean skirt that won’t work for this project, no matter how simple or complicated the design. Obviously, denim skirts without a lot of bulk or hardware make the best and most comfortable pillows.
Whether you’re using pillow forms or another type of stuffing, all that is required to make the pillows is to sew the waistband shut, stuff the pillow, then sew the hem shut as well. Since pillow forms aren’t shaped exactly like a denim skirt, it’s best to use them along with additional pillow stuffing, or just use the pillow stuffing alone.
Long denim skirts make great body pillows that can be thrown across the width of the bed’s headboard. Short blue jean skirts are perfect for tossing on the couch or favorite chair. Regardless of the length of the skirt, all denim skirts – at least ones that aren’t flared – make great pillows.
The blue jean skirts don’t necessarily have to be placed on a couch, chair or bed. Make some to throw around the fireplace, or another area of your home, for kids to sit on while watching tv. Even guests will appreciate the comfort of the floor pillows.
Little girls’ denim skirts are a great way to add the classical look to their rooms, too. The tiny skirts make small pillows that are perfect for a girl’s bed or floor. They’re great in the living room and other rooms, too.
Skirts that have a broken zipper, and similar issues, can be repaired before making the throw pillows. Glue plackets shut to conceal broken zippers, sew a button on where one is missing, and reattach torn pockets with fabric glue or stitches. Skirts that are frayed are fine, if you like that look, or you can trim the fraying, then apply NoFray, or a similar fray prevention product.
Skirt pillows don’t absolutely have to be made from denim. Most any A-line or straight skirt can be used. As a matter of fact, even full skirts can be made into pillow covers. Fold the denim vertically, then stitch it down, before continuing to the next vertical fold-over, and so on. These vertical pleats will gather the extra fabric from the full skirt and turn it into a straight piece that’s easier to stuff. And, the vertical lines, sewn into the fabric, give the pillow a unique look, different than the other denim pillows.
There are things you can add to the skirt pillows to make them even more decorative. For example, if the blue jean skirt has front pockets, tuck and stitch in a folded bandana. Or, use fabric paints to outline the stitching on the skirt in gold or silver.
Using new-looking skirts, the project becomes an easy way to make an impressive housewarming gift, or present for a teen. You’ll find the slightly used skirts at flea markets, community stores, yard sales, thrift stores and second hand merchants.