March 14, 2022

Upcycled Frayed Denim Scarf

I love crafting with denim, so whenever it's time for an upcycle challenge, I round up all the old jeans I can find and get to cutting and sewing! There are just so many things you can create with old jeans. For the March Upcycle Challenge Blog Hop, I decided to create a frayed denim scarf using several pairs of jeans that my kiddos have outgrown. Kids grow so fast, so they're always outgrowing their clothes. I usually donate their clothes, but I like to hang on to the jeans for projects like this one.

denim (old jeans)

I gathered up all the old jeans that my kiddos have outgrown and put them in a basket.

After sorting through the jeans and grouping them together by similar color, I cut them and decided to use these pieces as the base/back of the scarf.

I zigzag stitched them together, and the three pieces sewn together are about 70 inches long.

I cut strips of different shades of denim and frayed them.

Watch this video to see an easy way to fray denim.

At first, I pinned the frayed strips to base of the scarf...

But I got tired of pinning and just glued them in place with Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion

After I glued all the strips onto the scarf, I went to bed and allowed the glue to dry overnight.

The next day I sewed the strips down to really secure them onto the scarf. Even with the fabric glue, some of the edges were lifting up.

I frayed the bottom edges of the scarf.

I had considered using only one shade of denim, but I really like it with the four shades of denim.

This scarf is about 70 inches long and 10 inches wide.

This scarf was fun to make, and since it's still cold here, I may be able to wear it a few times before Spring!

Thanks so much for checking out my Upcycled Frayed Denim Scarf! Please, scroll down to checkout the upcycled creations by the other Upcycle Challenge Blog Hop.⇣


  1. This is brilliant. I love the way you've used lots of different denim colours, it's very cool. (Do people still say cool? :-D)

    1. Thank you so much! I say cool all the time, but I'm not sure if it's cool to say cool anymore. lol

  2. Your upcycle denim scarf looks so chic and on trend, T'onna! It's almost unbelievable you made this! It looks like something from a fashion magazine! I'm so use to seeing crochet items from you! Great job!

    1. Thanks so much, Gail! You're so kind!

  3. WOW!! That really tuned out so nice !! And very stylish!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words!! Much appreciated!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  4. Oh, my goodness! I love the patchwork look of the different washes! Your scarf turned out beautifully! pinning -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. Thanks so much, and thanks for pinning! I have a slight obsession with denim and patchwork, so I definitely plan on creating more denim and patchwork looks.

  5. fantastic, really great looking! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

  6. What a great way to recycle those jeans!