Sunday, September 9, 2012

More upcycling

Do you sometimes turn long denim jeans into shorts?
Here’s an idea to re-use the denim legs you cut off:

Upcycled Denim Baskets (1)

For a more manly version: Simply cut out a matching denim circle for the bottom. Sew the circle to the raw edge (right sides together) and fold over the already hemmed seam. Done in under 20 minutes I dare say!

Upcycled Denim Baskets (2)

For the girly version I added a pink lining. Another 15 Minutes and you have a super quick last minute gift that you can fill with a bottle of wine and chocolate or tools and beer (for the guys in your life).
Let me know what you fill in this quick and modern gift! I’d love to hear it!

Happy sewing!

P.S. Tutorial anyone or are the instructions clear enough?


  1. Brilliant idea.
    I love the pink one.

    A tutorial would be fantastic.

  2. Love them.... great for bottles... Clever girl..

  3. Great idea! I have more old jeans than I care to admit piled up for a someday jean quilt. This is the prefect thing for the cuffs!

  4. What a great gift idea! I've been planning to use old jeans for the back of a picnic quilt, now I know what I'll do with any possible leftovers.

  5. These are really cute! I made water bottle holders out of old jeans once (for my fat nalgene bottles) but now that I've switched to the tall skinny camelbacks, they don't fit right. Maybe little kid jeans would be the right size for the tall skinny bottles.

  6. What a great idea! Love the lined one. I think I just may do this for the nieces and nephews this year. And what a great way to get rid of the jeans that I don't want my husband to wear any more :)

  7. These are fantastic! What a great idea. I especially love the pink one:-) Denim's such a lovely fabric and I'm always looking for new ways to reuse jeans - I've just been making a pouch out of pockets and fly zip - and I'm really going to have a go at this!

  8. Replies
    1. I used my own tutorial for fabric baskets - only that the circumference was given by the leg of the denim jeans. Here's the link: Enjoy!


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