Repurposing Denim: No-Sew Coasters

by Tammy Taylor

It’s no secret to those that know me that I love denim, I’ve always been a blue jean girl.  It’s basically all I wore in high school and when I was working in the corporate world my heart sang a little song when we implemented “dress-down Fridays” where we were allowed to wear jeans once a week.  When my employer deemed every day casual dress (unless a board member was scheduled to visit) I was almost catatonic with joy!  Now that I live and work full time on the ranch, well, my life is complete.  The only time you’ll see me in anything but denim is on Sunday morning in the church pew.  We go through lots of denim since it’s our grungy chute-side work clothes, our meeting-customers work clothes and even our play clothes.  I hate to throw away that beautiful dungaree cloth, it’s so beautiful & heavy and it begs for another purpose.

I love these no-sew denim coasters. They're EASY and I make them where condensation does not soak through! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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I’ve seen many denim repurposing ideas and I really like some of them, but here’s my secret confession:  I don’t sew.  I can reattach a button but I’m not gonna lie – it’s not pretty. Hemming pants is well beyond my skill level.  Now I don’t mean I don’t like to sew fancy things, or my sewing ability is novice, I mean

I.

Don’t.

Sew.

Recently I was cleaning the windows in my kitchen and I noticed the pineapple top that I rooted and potted into a cracked wine glass made of pottery was leaving something on the window ledge when I watered it.  “hummm…” I thought”  I should put something under it.  Maybe a paper doily?  It would be pretty but it’d get grody quickly and then look horrible.  How about a piece of cloth?  Maybe, but wouldn’t that look kinda tacky?  Hey, what about DENIM cloth?  What about the pocket from one of those torn pair of jeans that I put back awaiting inspiration? What about…???”  OK I think I hyperventilated at that point so I’m not sure what following thoughts I had after that but with the speed of light I ran to the guest-room dresser and pulled out an old pair of jeans.  I clipped around the pocket of those jeans and voila!

I love these no-sew denim coasters. They're EASY and I make them where condensation does not soak through! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then I wondered what else I could use those no-sew jeans pockets for.   The first thing that came to mind is drink coasters.  We enjoy iced tea and the condensation on the glass always creates a mess.  So I cut another pocket off, leaving a small flap on top.  Then I cut a piece of plastic from an empty chip bag (not sure who’s eating those chips.  ahem.) and slid it into the pocket so any moisture would stop after that first layer of cloth.

I love these no-sew denim coasters. They're EASY and I make them where condensation does not soak through! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I tucked the top flap back in and gave it a little ironing to crease it and I’ve got a brand new coaster.  IN DENIM!

I love these no-sew denim coasters. They're EASY and I make them where condensation does not soak through! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I love it.  And I didn’t sew anything.  Not one stitch.  And you’ve gotta know how happy that makes me!  Of course you can embellish if you desire but I love it the way it is.

~TMH~

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79 thoughts on “Repurposing Denim: No-Sew Coasters

  1. ColleenB.~Texas

    The pocket coasters also make for great gifts. I cut up milk cartons and vinegar jugs to line my coaster pockets. Just make the milk cartons and vinegar jugs are well washed out good

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Yes, I’ve given the coasters for gifts Colleen, but I’ve never thought about milk cartons or vinegar jugs. Thanks for the tip. ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I love all things denim Megan, these fit perfectly in the Taylor Household. ~TMH~

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  2. Brooke of Passport Couture

    What a fun idea! I love that it’s no-sew. Even though I know how to sew, I realize many others don’t and don’t have the time to sew, which is what makes and idea like this great. It gives the denim another purpose so it isn’t tossed out!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I use denim a lot in our decor anyway, so it’s surely a natural fit for us over here in the Taylor Household. 🙂 ~TMH~

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  3. Katy SkipTheBag

    What a fantastic idea! I love that I don’t have to sew to make these. I’m like you and don’t/can’t really sew. Don’t worry I’ve got a sewing machine in case I ever get the urge to try, but Hubby has used it far more than I ever have. This makes me want to go see if I can scoop up some old denim from a thrift store to make these. Thanks for posting on the #sustainablesunday link up!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      LOL Katy – I have a sewing machine too but it’s a rarity that it’s ever brought out. I. Don’t. Sew. 😉 ~TMH~

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  4. Bonnie V

    I love these. And to think I just threw away a pair of jeans that had a big rip in the crotch, darn it! I held on to them for the longest time, but just couldn’t think of an easy way to repurpose them. Thank you for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Ugh, I hate when that happens Bonnie, but keep it in mind when another pair of jeans bites the dust. I have these denim coasters scattered around the house in various places guests may set down drinks, and even a set at our supper table for RancherMan & myself. Love them! ~TMH~

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  5. Elaine

    What a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

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  6. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    Very creative, clever, and resourceful. I’m not much of a sewer either. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yeah, I think sewing a button back on a shirt might be the limits of my sewing prowess. I absolutely LOVE these coasters and have them in various locations around our home. They look great with our country-rustic decor. ~TMR~

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  7. Anne Payne

    Oh. My. Goodness. You are so incredibly creative!!! This is a fantastic idea. I will never throw away another pair of jeans. 🙂 Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Anne – Let me tell ya I can be incredibly creative if I’m looking for ways to NOT sew! LOL I think these coasters turned out super cute and we have them now in several locations around our home. ~TMR~

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  10. Angi @ SchneiderPeeps

    Love it! Now I know what to do with all my boys’ jeans that are too torn up to pass down. Thanks for sharing with Simple Lives Thursday! Hope to see you again this week.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL – and I have these coasters all over the house – it *SO* fits in with my denim-loving personality! ~TMR~

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  11. ColleenB.

    I’ve always wanted to make me one of them jean purses but it’s just one of them things that I didn’t get around tuit but I have made me an apron from an old pair of black colored jeans. I’m still using my old sewing machine that hubby got for my birthday the first year we where married; 45 years ago last month.

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      1. ColleenB.

        I will have to take a picture of it and show it to you :} Done in my favorite colors of red, black and white :}

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  12. ColleenB.

    A gal after my own heart……Recycling. The pockets are also great for putting your silverware in when having a gathering or just eating out on your back porch. Has the country, rustic feel……. Jean pockets used for holding your silverware as well as using as a coaster and then bandanas used as napkins of which I use all the time. Hobby Lobby has a nice variety of colors of bandanas and there’s No Sewing as the edges are already finished. :}

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  14. jody

    Great idea! For some reason I really like coasters, not because I’m all that worried about my old furniture, I just think they’re cute!

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  16. Jenny

    Hi Tammy! I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind me including a link to this post in a round up of Christmas gifts I was wanting to put together. These look like they would be easy to make.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Jenny – they are beyond easy to make and I’d love you to include a link to this post! ~TMR~

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  17. Kathy

    What a marvelous idea – they make perfect coasters – will have to remember this one! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday, Kathy

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  18. Jill

    What a brilliantly simple idea!! I was wondering if you’d mind if I featured this in a top 10 upcycles of the week post. I’d like to use just one photo from your blog and put a direct link back to your post. Please let me know if this would be ok. Thanks so much, Jill @ Creating my way to Success http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  19. Mandi Welbaum

    This is such a great idea and good use for denim. I definitely think they are adorable, and we already know they will hold up to what you put it through.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I know, right Mandi?? I have many denim accents in our home because I really love denim, but I can’t believe I didn’t think about these denim coasters years ago! ~TMR~

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  20. Jeannie Marie & Company

    Very clever to put plastic in the pocket to stop the water from going through. I love no sew anything. I may have to blog about my no sew sailor costume.

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  21. Julie Corbisiero

    Hi, this is so adorable and love it! It is so nice that you were able to make a coaster out of jeans! I saw it on fluster buster! Julie at julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  22. Vickie

    Such a cute and easy idea! My neighbor takes all of our old denim and makes quilts, but I think she throws away the pockets! I will have to keep the pockets from now on. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I wish I could sew – I’ve always wanted a denim throw but my sewing gene is missing. But at least I can use the pockets for these easy coasters! ~TMR~

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  23. Jenny

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing this post over at the HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again tomorrow: http://wp.me/p2urYY-127

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  24. Linda @ Linda's Lunacy

    Your post is the featured post at this weeks Making a Home – Homemaking Linky! Thanks for linking up! I love this idea and will be making some shortly.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      That’s awesome! I can’t believe I haven’t had these coasters around the house for years. The other kinds of coaster all get picked up along with the glass due to the condensation – even the ones made of stone. I love these! ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Kathy, this morning I whipped up 4 more – so easy! I absolutely love the denim look of it too. ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks, I love denim & this was truly a ‘slaps forehead’ moment for me! LOL ~TMR~

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  26. Kathy

    This would be especially nice for the patio or deck and you could set your patio table with bandanna napkins and have lanterns for table lighting. There’s so much you could do with this.

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  27. that's the way the cornbread crumbles

    that is such a cool idea and I am so doing it…I just have find some old jeans…

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL. Old jeans are not in short supply here on the ranch and I’m making a set of them – I absolutely LOVE the denim coasters! ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL – I hear ya Mel, two of my favorite words as well (as long as they’re said together!) I love how these came out! ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Lisa – especially for someone that doesn’t sew, like moi! Especially since I love all things denim. It was a “slaps forehead” moment for me. LOL ~TMR~

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  28. Gail @ BibleLoveNotes.com

    I think it is so funny that we both have a post about this! I guess “great minds think alike” : ) What can I say…great idea! ha!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Indeed Gail! I think last week I just had a lightbulb moment and couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought about using these pockets before given that I’m so very sewing-callenged! Now I’m eyeballing the rest of the denim for ideas. Hummmm…. 🙂 ~TMR~

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    Hi, featured you today at Mary-andering Creatively. http://mary-anderingcreatively.blogspot.com Mary Hill

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  30. Diane

    Great and ez idea! My dad uses a denim pocket to store a magnifying glass so it won’t get scratched in a desk drawer.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Diane, I am now making a complete set of these cute coasters for our house. The idea of using the pocket to keep an item from being scratched is good too. So many uses! ~TMR~

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