Blue Jeans that is!
Lots of old worn out ones that no one wants to wear any more.
I also have scissors. Real sharp ones!
So snipping and ripping I went.
I ripped them all into 1" to 2" strips. I did my best to divide them into three different shades of blue.
I sewed a few strips together, so I had three long strips of denim to work with.
I folded each strip in half, wrong sides together, to hide the back side from view.
I sewed the three folded strips together at the top and then started braiding.
I kept adding strips to the braid as I went to keep it from tangling as I went along.
After it was all braided I sewed the three folded ends together.
I ran this through the sewing machine connecting the braids with a zig zag stitch because I was trying to rush it, but I recommend doing this by hand with it flat on the ground. It curled up on me and I've been trying to weight it down to flatten it for almost a full day. I almost had to rip out all the zig zag stitches and re-do it by hand. I think I finally got it to lay flat.
Here is the end result!
Now I have a nice braided denim rug for my feet to stand on while I wash dishes in the kitchen and our old denim jeans have a whole new life.
You can use this technique to make a variety of different things. Rugs, baskets, bags, bowls, cozy's, and more! It's a great way to use up any old, undesirable fabric scraps you don't know what to do with.