Upcycling & Recycling Denim

June 2, 2013


What do you make with old denim trousers? I don’t know about you but I always seem to have some poor fitting jeans around ready for recycling.

There are lots of great tutorial around, I’ve started making some denim baskets for my sewing room for storing odds and sods in!

Recycling Denim

Denim Storage Baskets

If you fancy making your own they are ever so easy, there’s a great tutorial on Threading My Way.

Plus I’ve started a Pinterest board, if you fancy checking it out:)

The storage baskets use up the legs of denim trousers, and my sewing machine, gorgeous though it is won’t cope with reusing and stitching through a waistband. However I can still squeeze another project out of the jeans, plus make a further effort to sort my sewing room out (one day I will share my space but I keep waiting for a tidy moment, you may be waiting a while!). Here is a denim pocket storage idea, a Pinaddict challenge.

from www.goodideasforyou.com

from www.goodideasforyou.com


To make your own unpick a few denim pockets



Find an old picture frame to stretch your fabric around


Arrange your pockets, and stitch on.


Sew onto your backing fabric


Stretch around the frame. I was delighted that I remembered a few pointers from screen printing days. Start with stretching across the middle, stapling at the middle central points along each edge. Step by step stretching and stapling along, always at each side in turn. At the corners I created a hospital bed corner, folding under. Finish by masking taping the fabric edges down to the frame for a tidier finish.

Denim Pocket Storage

Denim Pocket Storage

Thanks for all those who took the time to read and comment last week to help me identify my Unique Selling Point for my social media course. It was really helpful and I am very grateful. The course continues to be really interesting, just wishing I had more time to give to it:)

Please do stop by Handmade Harbour and see what other people have been up to this week:)


31 comments so far.

31 responses to “Upcycling & Recycling Denim”

  1. Handbagsbyhelen says:

    Love the use of the pockets – very clever

  2. Gertie says:

    It’s amazing what can be made from a simple pair of denim jeans. Love the Topsy Turvy cake on your pinterest board xx

  3. Maryanne says:

    Vicky, I love what you create – really wonderful!

  4. Wendy says:

    The pockets on canvas is quite inspired! I love the little basket too. I’m a big fan of upcycling and jeans are perfect for reusing.

  5. Such excellent ideas. The pockets are really fun. I love the fabric that you have used for the basket lining. If we were all like you charity shops would go out of business!

  6. Ginny says:

    What great ideas. I love any project that makes good use of something you might otherwise throw away.

  7. Natalie says:

    Love the pockets! What a great storage idea!

  8. alisonsye says:

    Love the pockets one

  9. I love using denim for baskets, it’s a great way to reuse old jeans, love the pocket idea.

    Jan x

  10. That is a nifty way to store your scissors and other bits and pieces.

  11. jeans are such versatile things to recycle aren’t they, denim always looks great even when its old and worn 🙂

    Your baskets are really cute and v practical too. The storage pockets are such a fun idea! 🙂

  12. Pam says:

    I use my denim baskets in my sewing room, too, Vicky. Beautiful fabric you’ve used for the lining in yours… looks great!!! I’d love you to add a photo to the Threading My Way ~ Sewn by YOU Flickr Group Thanks so much for the link back.

    LOVE your denim pockets wall hanging and how you’ve turned it into a canvas. Pinned this…

  13. Love your denim idea. I’ve been making denim bags, with old curtain fabric and vintage doilies.

  14. The baskets are really cute and look like they are within the range of my sewing skills! They’d be great to hold bits and bobs in the bathroom too.

  15. CatkinJane says:

    I like both of those ideas but the pockets really are rather fun

  16. Great ways to use up denim….I have several pairs of ill-fitting jeans, think I might give those storage baskets a go. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Simmi says:

    I love, love, love the denim pockets on canvas – that’s so cute! I will definitely be doing that with the next few pairs of jeans my hubby decides are for the bin 🙂 Simmi x

  18. Helen says:

    Fantastic ways to upcycle denim. Really like the pockets on canvas 🙂

  19. Fabulous! Thanks again for another fabulous link up to the Upcycled Linky Part at http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/2013/06/upcycled-linky-party-10.html

  20. soyofthenorth says:

    I’ve had some old jeans sitting around for a while, not knowing what to do with them. These are some good ideas 🙂

  21. Pickle-Lily says:

    Two brilliant ideas / makes – especially as I have a pair of my sons old jeans waiting for me right now, if only I didn’t have to go to work!!! have a good week, Jo x

  22. Love this idea! Such a cute way to recycle!

  23. I have loads of old jeans I’ve kept for future projects these ideas are great!

  24. knittymummy says:

    I’m going to be jumping for joy the next time a pair of jeans dies on me – I know what I’ll be making!

  25. Melksham Mum says:

    Wow. I’ve never seen jeans pockets up cycled like that before. Great stuff! (I’ve popped in from pinaddicts 🙂 ) x

  26. Robert Nelson says:

    Thanks for posting to Dude, Sustainable! Green Living Thursdays

  27. Eeep Vicky! I LOVE this! I’m denim crazy (slightly stuck in a 90’s time warp..) what a COOL idea. Totally pinning 🙂 Thanks for entering the pinaddicts challenge! Kerry x

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