DIY Denim Napkins

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A fun DIY idea for old jeans! Turn them into denim napkins that can be used for entertaining, BBQ’s or even hostess gifts!

Inspired by our worker’s holiday this coming Monday, we came up with the idea to create some darn sturdy dinner napkins, made from the one and only…denim.

Companies such as Levi’s have made this material an American classic. From working farmers to 80’s supermodels, denim has been the go-to material for just about everyone!

I think we can agree that denim is the one hardworking material that’s not going anywhere! So get out your old jeans and let’s make some napkins that are perfect for BBQs or great for hostess gifts!

Also check out our fringe napkins too!

DIY denim napkins from old jeans

Materials for Making Denim Napkins

  • Old jeans
  • Blue thread to match
  • Ruler
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
Denim napkins

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DIY Denim Napkins

Get out your old jeans and let’s make some napkins that are perfect for BBQs or great for hostess gifts!
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Author: Eden


  • Old Jeans
  • Blue Thread
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron


  • If the old jeans you’re using aren’t soft, you’ll want to stick them in the washing machine with some tennis balls or sneakers and fabric softener. Here’s a tutorial on how to soften denim.
  • Once your denim is softened and dried, lay it out and cut four 19 x 15-inch rectangles.Starting with one side, fold it 1/4″ inch in, then fold it again another 1/4″ and iron. Keep it together with pins.
  • Do that to all of the edges, this is so you won’t have a hard seem.Sew a straight line just along the folded edge, reinforcing when you get to the ends. Do this on every side.
  • Iron them flat and tie with twine to give as a hostess gift!


Wash the jeans before starting this project. 
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6 thoughts on “DIY Denim Napkins”

  1. I am also wondering how to get a 19 x 15 inch rectangle from a pair of jeans. Using the rear end, you’ll have pockets. Using the kegs, you’ll have a seam.

  2. Question….I’ve not tried this yet, but I’m trying to figure out how you get a piece of denim from jeans without the pockets, etc cut that large.

  3. I have lots of blue jeans that I am not using. And I was thinking of buying some thick napkins. Glad I read this before I bought them.

  4. Great idea Eden, love that look and good tips on the jean softening thing. For a sec, I thought stones, but that may not be good for the washing machine. HAHA!


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