How many pairs of jeans in a bale of cotton?, Lee Jeans Asks

I have “liked” lot of brand pages on Facebook and have to admit, some of them eventually get unliked or hidden cause they just don’t seem to get the kinds of things I’d be interested to see from a brand. But some friends saw the Lee Jeans page this week and knew they had to call it to my attention. Jodi Oleen was the first to shout at me! And they were right! I was pumped! Look at the photo Lee Jeans shared!

One bale of cotton will make ___ pairs of Lee Jeans

So…. how many pairs of Lee Jeans can you make from one bale of cotton? Well, I’ll give you a hint that Lee didn’t give fans of its page. A bale of cotton weighs just under 500 pounds. With that hint I hope you don’t low ball it too badly. Some of the guesses on the Lee page were obviously not made with that factoid in mind cause I saw one or two guesses that assumed bales were the size of one on my bookshelf!

More than 1,200 people guessed – some of whom definitely did a little internet research. I have to wonder if some of them found an old post of mine where I gave a chart of how many of this or that you could make from a bale. For jeans, you can make 215 pairs! Here are some of the other quantities of various cotton items you can get from a bale of cotton, according to the National Cotton Council, one bale of cotton can make:

  • 215 Pairs of Jeans
  • 249 Bed SheetsThese bales have been unwrapped & are being prepped for use!
  • 409 Men’s Sport Shirts
  • 690 Terry Bath Towels
  • 765 Men’s Dress Shirts
  • 1,217 Men’s T-Shirts
  • 1,256 Pillowcases
  • 2,104 Boxer Shorts
  • 2,419 Men’s Briefs
  • 3,085 Diapers
  • 4,321 Mid-Calf Socks
  • 6,436 Women’s Knit Briefs
  • 21,960 Women’s Handkerchiefs
  • 313,600 $100 Bills

If I get to pick, I think I’ll take that last one! Yes, I will take the more than 300k $100 bills!

Another thing to note, bales used to be wrapped in that nice burlap. it helped keep cotton clean and was pretty cheap, well now, bales are wrapped in plastic bags. It keeps them clean, doesn’t run the risk of sticking to the lint (you wouldn’t want burlap fiber making it into your 500 count sheets!)

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About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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9 Responses to How many pairs of jeans in a bale of cotton?, Lee Jeans Asks

  1. Cara @ Lee Jeans August 16, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Hi Janice!

    Thank you so much for writing about us! We’re glad you liked our cotton bale post — you sure know a thing or two about cotton!

    We have a special gift we’d like to offer you as a “thank you” for the post. Can you please contact us at so we can get your shipping information?

    Thank you! And thank you for “liking” us on Facebook!

    Cara @ Lee Jeans

    • Janice Person August 17, 2012 at 12:16 am #

      Sure thing! Thanks for making cotton so high demand!

  2. Alyse Cranson August 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Very interesting.I was going to guess 250 pair,just thinking about 2 lbs per pair. I’m with you I would take the money for sure. hahaha

  3. P. Humphreys October 20, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    found your article. Yes at 215 jeans per bale and an average of 12 bales to a module that would put around 2500 pair of jeans in a module. At a average price (on the low end) of 40.00 for a pair of jeans would put that module has $100,000.00 worth of jeans. At 2015 prices for cotton at .60 would mean the module is worth ONLY 3,600.00 to the farmer. There is a HUGE gap. It is NOT the farmer that is making the money. This example could be used all the other cotton products. It is frustrating to see that the products never come down in price when the cotton price falls.

    • Janice Person October 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

      Interesting… I hadn’t done that math before… maybe I need a followup blog post!


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