Old jeans are probably my favourite material to upcycle with. I have a trunk in my bedroom stuffed full of old jeans waiting to be repurposed. Here I round up of the best ideas of upcycling those jeans into some fantastic denim storage.
There are a lot of things you can do with an old pair of jeans other than turning them into a bag.
The fact that denim is so strong and comes in hundreds of different shades of indigo, makes it great to work with. Old jeans are a very affordable fabric to upcycle.
I keep all my family’s old jeans to upcycle into things for the home like with these denim storage ideas. My friends also hand me their old denim to repurpose. Thrift and charity shops are also a great place to pick up old jeans cheaply.
This is a very carefully curated round-up of the different ways in which to transform old jeans into useful denim storage vessels.
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The Best Upcycled Denim Storage Ideas
This was one of my first denim upcycles and probably my most popular. I’ve lost count of all the places it has been featured.
The best thing is that it is made from the old pockets of my family’s jeans many of which they still recognize. It hangs on the wall in my son’s room.
The pocket organizer is a really useful bit of denim storage. My son likes to keep his headphones, lanyards, sunglasses, pen knives and small bits and pieces in the pockets.
I keep on meaning to make one for my craft room.
This is such a brilliant idea, and there is a great tutorial. The best thing about these denim storage baskets is that you can choose a fabric for the lining to match your decor.
If you don’t have a sewing machine or want a no-sew upcycled denim storage option then this is the one for you.
I love the quirky stenciling, “BITS & BOBS” is a very English saying, you could try something else like “ODDS & ENDS”.
This is actually an IKEA hack as I used their PINGLA cardboard boxes for this upcycled denim storage idea.
This is another no-sew denim storage idea. This time the denim is woven into a basket. It is a great project for denim fabric scraps.
I love the pattern the different shades of indigo create with this project.
Another one of mine. I actually got the idea for this magazine rack when I was having some building work done.
Once I saw the plumbers copper piping offcuts I knew I had to use them. This was really simple to do, all you need is some copper piping and an old pair of jeans.
It’s the use of embroidery hoops that really makes this denim storage idea special. Not only do they keep the mouth of the denim baskets open which is handy but they can be used to hang them.
Another IKEA hack. This time using one of their wooden crates and castors to make handy denim storage that also doubles up as extra seating.
I know this is an advent calendar, but it could easily be adapted to a general denim storage item. Unlike the pocket organizer at the top, this is a no-sew denim upcycle.
Another great upcycled denim idea, that uses up all those scraps. I love the checkerboard pattern the different shades of denim create with this suitcase to give it a unique look.
I know that these are upcycled jean planters, however, the denim tin cans could easily be used as storage caddies.
Another cute way to use the pockets on the back of a pair of jeans. These hanging pockets are handy storage for small items and can be hung from pegboards.
This is no ordinary fabric pin board, it has pockets for extra storage and the shape can be rearranged.
If like me you love to upcycle and repurpose old jeans then you might want to check out some of these other fabulous denim projects for the home. Or even think about using other fabrics for upcycling for the home.
For more storage ideas you could use repurposed old wooden crates.