Sewing is a creative outlet and a favorite therapy for many of us. The NZP team enjoys making time for sewing each day. Some days it’s 10 minutes in the morning, or 20 minutes in the afternoon. This is how Nancy Zieman accomplished most sewing tasks, regardless of the project. If you’ve tuned in to watch Sewing With Nancy, you likely know that the “10-20-30 minutes to sew, quilt, create” method was developed by Nancy in the ’80s. Now we’ve applied this concept to recycling jeans. Curious? Learn how in the new Sewing With Nancy TV mini-series, 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans and in the book of the same title.

60-Minute Jeans Pot Holders

In about an hour, create a pair of durable recycled jeans pot holders that are pliable and easy to use, while giving protection from the heat of hot dishes. Watch online to learn the basics of taking apart cast-off jeans, and making something creative.

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Bunkhouse Bib

When it’s chow time at the ranch or most likely lunchtime at home, make adorable bibs for your little buckaroos. The durable yet colorful bib features parts of a cast-off pair of jeans and a bright bandana. Sewing time for this recycling project is again approximately an hour.

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BBQ Placemat

Team up your casual meals with upcycled jeans placemats. These BBQ Placemats are durable, and add a down-home flair to a meal with family or friends. Two placemats can easily be made from a no longer worn pair of jeans. Plus, there will be extra “fabric” left over to use in other recycling projects.

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Tailgate Casserole Carrier

Durable and eclectic in style with a novel utensil holder, this casserole carrier will become your favorite hot or cold food carrier. Combined with insulated fabrics, the carrier can be made from an adult pair of jeans in approximately two-hours of time.10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans, Nancy Zieman, Sewing WIth Nancy, How to recycle jeans

The Book: 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans

Restyle your worn out jeans into clever and useful accessories. Learn 30 minutes to sew techniques to create 13 durable projects for your home and closet. Give new life to well-loved denim by sewing bags, home organizers, kitchen essentials, and kids projects.
  • Walk through denim deconstruction before jumping right in with projects you’ll love. Discover new and novel finishing techniques as you sew up a variety of gifts in minutes.
  • The 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans book is perfect for the beginning sewist, or anyone who wants to refresh their sewing skills. It walks you through a variety of techniques, with full-color, step-by-step instructions in an easy-to-understand manner. Build your skill set and confidence from one project to the next.
  • Follow along with the 50-minute DVD, as Nancy guides you from deconstruction to lovely gifts in no time flat.

Watch 10-20-20 Minutes to Recycle Jeans on Sewing With Nancy online.

Have you thought about your next recycled sewing project for 2019? Leave a comment in the comment section below for a chance to win 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans book from Nancy’s Notions.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of the NEW! I Sew For Fun Spring Tape Measure from Clover is Rita.

Her comment is: When my daughter was 12 we both began learning to quilt. She had started sewing when she was about 8 and learned to sew pajama pants. For her 4H project when she was 13 she made a quilt using triangles which was a learning project for both of us and earned her a purple ribbon award!

The randomly selected winner of the NEW! Clip ’n Glide Bodkin from Clover is Pat Roediger.

Her comment is: My granddaughter has been sewing with me since she was five years old using my sewing machine. Like many of those addicted to sewing and quilting, I owned more than one sewing machine, including two I had inherited from my mother. I recently gifted Savannah who is now eight years old with one of them. She immediately came up with her own designs for everyone in the family for polar fleece pillows for Christmas. She has made eight pillows including one for a classmate for a gift exchange. The gifts for the exchange were to be homemade. She did such a great job that some of her classmates thought she bought it instead of making it. I am so proud of her. She is going to pass me up with her design skills in no time.


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions. LLC.

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