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All the Best Ideas for Making Denim Pillows (Cushions)

I’ve made a few denim cushions myself over the years but I’d thought I’d check out some of my fellow bloggers to see what sort of jeans pillows they have made. Here are what I consider the best-upcycled denim pillow designs that I have come across.

My old jeans stash doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. Now that I have a bit of a reputation of a denim upcycler, friends and family are always passing me their cast-offs.

Not that I’m complaining, please carry on giving me your old denim, I will find some way to upcycle them. One of the simplest things to upcycle old jeans into is denim pillows.

How to upcycle old jeans into cushions

If you search for denim pillows on Pinterest you will find lots for sale in Etsy or designer stores from a few dollars up to a few hundred dollars. Here though I have just included pillows from blogs with a tutorial.

15 of the Coolest and unique denim pillows

The Best Denim Pillows Tutorials

1. Hexagon patchwork jeans pillow – Lilluna

I love the hexagon appliqued patchwork effect with this pillow. The denim hexagons look like tiles with white grout in between.


2. Woven Denim Pillow – Pillarboxblue

Using scraps of denim from blue jeans of different shades of indigo gives this pillow a fabulous chequered-board effect. The fray edges also have a Boho vibe.

woven denim pillow

3. Repurposed Denim Fish Pillow – Pillarboxblue

These are such fun, the eyes are jeans buttons and the fins and tails pocket. The scales are made using bleach and stencils on the denim. The heads are made from upcycled sweater felt. These pillows would look great in a lake or beach house. Or make a great gift for a fisherman.

denim fish pillows

4. No Sew Denim Pillow – Refreshrestyle

This has to be one of the quickest and easiest denim pillow upcycles, no sewing involved. I love the pom pom heart decoration on the front.

no sew bolster cushion

5. iPhone Denim Pocket Pillow – Pillarboxblue

I made this for my son, and guess what he still loves it and uses it. The pocket for the phone is so handy when listening to music in bed.

 denim iphone pocket pillow-

6. Herringbone Pillow – Ashleemarie

This one is definitely not no sew, it’s a bit more challenging but for a great look.

herringbone denim pillows

7. American Star Fringe Pillow – The Sewingloftblog

This has to be one for the Fourth of July, I love the denim star. The red piping just adds to the whole patriotic look.

 star fringe pillow

8. Colourful Boho Jeans Pillows – Pillarboxblue

The combination of vintage sari trim with old jeans gives these pillows a lovely Boho touch. Not forgetting the added touch of large multicloured pom poms.

Boho Style Jeans pillows

9. Ampersand Cushion – Ashbeedesign

Another applique design this time with a giant ampersand. Great step by step tutorial too! This gives me an idea for a monogrammed denim pillow.

best upcycled denim pillows

10. Upcycled Shirt and Jeans Circle Pillow – Greenissuesingapore

With these denim pillows, jeans scraps are sewn onto a pillow made from an upcycled shirt.

denim pilllows

11. Beach Pillow from Old Jeans – Remodalandolacasa

I love the fun stenciling and the ombre effect on this recycled jeans pillow. Another great design for a beach house.

 beach cushion

12. Cheveron Denim Pillow – Ashbeedesign

Another great tutorial from Ashbeedesign this time for a gorgeous ombre effect chevron jeans pillow.


13. Colourful Pom Pom trim jeans cushions – Hestershandmadehome

I love these jeans pillows the pom pom trim just makes them adorable. The cute dog helps too! There is even a video tutorial.

 pom pom cushions

14. Simple Jeans Pillow – Feltmagnet

A simple upcycled denim pillow and a simple tutorial. The pocket is handy though.

jeans pillow with pocket

15. Recycled Jeans Waistband Cushion – Vickymyerscreation

I love that Vicky kept the buttons on these waistbands with these denim cushions.


16. Chevron Denim Cushions – Vickymyerscreations

This is another Boho style denim cushion cover.


If you don’t have enough denim for a whole pillow then you could combine it with some other fabrics to make some gorgeous pillows like these ones from Luz Patterns.

upcycled pillows

Another idea for denim pillows to add colour is to applique some hexagon patchwork to the front of them.

If you liked this then you may also like to check out my other denim round-ups. These pillows made out of old jeans also featured in the A to Z of clever upcycling ideas.

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Jessica Meade

Friday 16th of August 2019

Thank you for putting together this collection! It’s hard to sift through the for sale pillows, when you want to DIY. These are all great. I have made my son a tooth fairy pillow with a back pocket, but I like the idea of a phone pocket pillow for them. I plan to first make a memorial pillow out of a denim jacket. Lots of inspiration here. Thanks!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 17th of August 2019

That sounds like a fun pillow. I love making my own pillows then you have something unique.

Cindi Seamon

Saturday 4th of November 2017

God bless you for the tutorials. I also have a huge stack of my husband's worn denims. I would look for creative ideas for the use of repurposing the denim into useful materials for gifting and home use and would come up stumbling w/o a tutorial. So thanks for your post.

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 4th of November 2017

Thank you. Denim is a wonderful fabric to repurpose.

handmade by amalia

Saturday 8th of July 2017

I love them all, the denim must be soft and comfy. Amalia xo

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 8th of July 2017

Thank you, I find that old worn denim is often soft and comfy.


Thursday 6th of July 2017

The hexagon one and the huge ampersand are my favourites I think, or the one that use the pockets .... what am I saying, I love them all. Can't beat a good denim upcycle. Thanks for putting these all together

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 6th of July 2017

Yes, I love them all too! I will be making more denim pillows.

Katherines Corner

Wednesday 5th of July 2017

thank you for the inspiration and for sharing at TFT, pinned xo

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 5th of July 2017

Thanks for hosting and thanks for the share.

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