“Who uses minutes has hours to use; who loses minutes whole years must lose.” That great quote sums up the Nancy Zieman method of sewing—10 minutes here, 20 minutes there. Nancy created this minutes-to-sew sewing principle for fashion sewing and quilting, and now for recycling jeans. In part two of the Sewing With Nancy TV mini-series, 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans and in the book by the same name, Nancy shows you how to utilize a few minutes, here and there, to recycle jeans into fun sewing projects!

Soft-Sided Bins

Store craft items, sewing supplies, toiletries, or stationery in these flexible bins. The ready-made pockets give double the storage space. Plus, the bins can be stored flat when not in use. This is recycling at it’s best! When you watch online, you’ll learn the basics of taking apart cast-off jeans and making something creative.


Double Duty Mat

When you need flexibility in sewing, create the Double Duty Mat to use as a sewing station and pressing mat. First the sewing station: Set the machine on the largest portion of the mat, which provides a handy area of notions to be stored directly below the mat. Or, slide the mat to a flat surface and use as a pressing area, again with storage options. Outdated jeans provide the stability and pockets for this upcycled project.

Crossbody Jeans Bag

Create a casual bag that’s just the right size to carry essentials—wallet, keys, phone, or a tablet. A recycled pair of jeans provides automatic pocket space without any extra sewing time. You’ll soon see that the crossbody bag can easily be made in a little over 2-hours.

Two-for-One Apron

Make two aprons from one pair of jeans—a recycling bonus! One apron will feature the front pockets while the other apron features the back pockets. Add binding, a ruffle, and a fabric belt for functionality and a little frill.

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See more practical and fresh projects in Nancy’s 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 children’s 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.
  • These projects are perfect for the beginning sewist, or anyone who wants to refresh their skills. This new book walks you through it all, 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 (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

What is your favorite recycled sewing project? Leave your response in the comment section for a chance to win the book 10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans from Nancy’s Notions.


Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of  10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans book from the May 31 post is Susan.

Her comment is:
Have saved old jeans with the hopes of doing a quilt some day, but these recycling jeans ideas make doing a quick project realistic.




Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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