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Recycled Denim Foot Pouf

We have recently had the builders in, lets just say I am delighted they came, and then went!!!

Use up old denim to create a robust foot pouf

The tot now has a double bedroom and his toys are now in his room, hurray for an adult space in the front room in the evenings!

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We are rather partial to foot puffs for sitting on, leaning against whilst sitting on the floor playing trains/cars/tower building – you get the picture. So I was delighted to pick up a new to us foot puff in the local fantastic charity shop – just required a new cover and few extra polystyrene beads. Perfect for his new room:)

I happened to have rather  a large stash of jeans from maternity leave days, a perfect blue colour, and hard wearing for a boys bedroom.  Five pairs of jeans, plus two denim skirts later and I have a new foot pouf:)


Are looking for further ideas for what to do with your old jeans? Check out my 25+ craft ideas for old jeans


How to make a denim foot pouf


I had a debate about sharing what not to do, or a step by step how to – this feels somewhat more positive attitude to take! Tips for recovering your own foot pouf (or should I say learn from my mistakes!).

Denim squares

  • Measure and make a template for one side. I used old newspaper.

Denim Squares template

  • Cut out fabric and pin together to create six different squares. Ensure your pinned square are bigger than your template to allow seam allowance all round.

 Denim foot Pouff

DIY Denim Foot Pouf

  • Create six different squares by including different tones of denim, pockets, and different seams.

Denim Foot Pouf Tutorial

  • Sew your applique style squares, and trim to square shape (with seam allowance).

  • Lay them all out as you would to make a box out of paper, not as I did in a grid format!
  • Sew four pieces to together, in a line.
  • Add your bottom, and sew all seams from your bottom and sides.
  • Next attach your lid along one side.
  • Hand stitch your lid on.

Recycled Denim Foot Pouf

One finished recycled upcycle denim foot pouf.

What are you making with the remainder of your denim? 


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Lily Hudson

Friday 13th of November 2015

So nice idea! My children will love this. As a professional I meet people's waste every day, but I myself am trying to wast as less as possible. Recycling old denim pants this way is so clever. Thank you for the inspiration! Greets, Lily from :)


Sunday 16th of August 2015

You could add different colors by using recycled khakis, camo pants, colored twill pants, corduroys, etc. It could be a "crazy quilt" sort of thing. Nice project!


Sunday 16th of August 2015

I love the idea of mixing the fabrics and colours:)

Joy Murphy

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

I love your use of old jeans.What size is the square you made? It looks like great size. I want to try to make one. Thanks for sharing.


Saturday 17th of August 2013

A great way to reuse pre-loved denim, Vicky!

Diana Rambles

Friday 16th of August 2013

So cool! My daughter would love this. Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me party!

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