Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Making: Woven Jean Seam Coasters

There has been a lot of making around here. Making food. Making stories. Making memories. Making gifts for those we love.

Three pairs of jeans were handed over by the working man last weekend. I deconstructed them sitting on the living room floor in the midst books, and games, and the rest of life.

After I managed to convince my little artist that he needed no more jean seam rope, I sat at the sewing machine and wove these neat little coasters... under his careful supervision.

Lots of trial and error... and three jean needles later, they were complete.

And now they are all tied up and ready for giving.

Want to make your own?


Seams from one pair of jeans for each coaster
Thread to match jean thread
Jean/denim needles (yes... more than one)
Sewing machine

How to:

1. Deconstructed the jeans starting at the bottom of one leg cutting the inseam out from one leg to the other. This will give you a long cord of seam.
2. Cut 7 strips of seam approx 5 1/2 inches long. These will be longer than the finished coaster to make weaving easier.
3. Sew the 7 strips together at the small raw edge. You may need to back stitch where they match up. Hold them close so they stitch together as tight as possible. These stitches will be cut off at the end. They don't need to be pretty. This will now be the top edge.
4. Stitch up the bottom edge in the same way making sure the strips are flat and lay together.
5. Cut 5 strips approx. 4 - 4 1/2 inches long. Weave these 5 strips through the 7 connected strips pushing them together so they are snug.
6. Top stitch around all four sides lining stitches up with the original seam stitching. You will need to continually push the strips together and readjust each side as you stitch.
7. Cut off stitching from steps 3 and 4. Trim edges. Pull sides to even out.

Happy Stitching!


  1. these are so great — i’ve cut up jeans before and saved a bag of seams for .. something. this must be it! :)

  2. Always knew there had to be a good use for all those seams I have saved thank you!

  3. OH NO....4 jeans quilts too late for all those cut off seams!

  4. I'm the Editor of Fun Family Crafts and wanted to let you know that we have featured your jeans coaster project! You can see it here:


    If you have other kid-friendly craft tutorials, we'd love for you to submit them. Thanks for a great project idea!

  5. I don't have a sewing machine. So I thought of hot gluing them, and throwing them out when they get too dirty (because I don't know if the glue would withstand the washer)