Barbie Shukster has a knack for reusing many things. This is especially the case when it comes to old jeans! It started when she was a gym teacher, trying to find low cost ways to create more gym equipment – and who would have guessed what a durable fabric jean would be to make bean bags from!

Last year, Barbie’s design for denim toss pillows was featured as a top finalist in a recycled denim challenge on Inhabitat. Perhaps the accolades gave her inspiration, or perhaps the fact that old jeans started flying at her left, right, and centre – either way she ended up starting a new project – a quilt!

I think it is so important to highlight when old materials have been upcycled.  What was once an old pile of tattered pants that many individuals did not have use to wear anymore is now a beautiful quilt that will last for many years.

Congratulations on your accomplishments and crafty nature Barbie, keep on repurposing!