Our fashionable big sister Ecouterre challenged their readers to turn old jeans into something new and fabulous for the Recycled Denim Challenge. The results are nothing less than jeanius and several skilled denim recyclers created pint-sized projects just for babies. Check out our favorite recycled denim baby goods from the contest and vote for your favorite design -- the winner will be featured on Ecouterre, Gap 1969 Stream, and Inhabitat, and win a $200 Gap shopping spree.
Awwwww-Inducing Denim Baby Booties
These adorable baby boots by Audrey Hussey were lovingly crafted from reclaimed denim. They have comfort-boosting details like non-skid suede soles and a layer of flannel in between the two denim layers to make them extra snuggly. Plus, they’re perfectly on-trend showcasing all of the style of Uggs, but none of the non-vegan parts.
Recycled-Denim Baby Bibs
Baby bibs can be a dime a dozen, but these denim drool-catchers made by Stephanie Robles bring sweet style to meal time. Plus, it turns out that denim is a great fabric for absorbing splatters and catching food — and the bibs can be machine-washed. Robles didn’t let any denim go to waste. The round section of these bibs were used to create brooches.
Sporty Denim Baby Booties
A super cute denim version of classic Adidas runners, these striped baby booties are perfect for letting your tot show his or her sporty side. They’re made by Betty Mathers using pieces of cut-off jeans legs lined them with flannel remnants.
Dressy Handmade Denim Baby Hat and Booties
Inara Gauja turned tattered denim trousers into fancy baby accessories. She sewed strips of worn denim together to make yarn, which she then crocheted — sans hook and needle by the way — to create a super-sweet hat and bootie set.
Recycled Denim Skull Baby Shoes
Skulls are all the rage in baby boy style now, so these recycled denim mocs are extra irresistible. Lisa Williams crafted these baby shoes by hand — she says she can make 15 pairs from one pair of jeans! Each pair’s Jolly Roger motif is made from felt and the shoes are lined with a super-soft wool blend to keep those little toes comfy and warm.