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Brilliant Upcycled Denim Storage Ideas

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.

upcycled denim storage ideas

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The Best Upcycled Denim Storage Ideas

1.Denim Pocket Organiser – Pillarboxblue

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.

Denim Wall Oraganiser Pillarboxblue

2. Denim Fabric Baskets -Threading my way

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.

3. DIY Storage Box using Denim – Pillarboxblue

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.

Unique Denim DIY Storage Box for your "Bits and Bob". Ikea Pingla hack with stenciling. Very easy to make fabric attached with spray adhesive.

4. Recycled Denim Basket – Ohoh blog

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.

5. Copper and Denim Magazine Rack – Pillarboxblue

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.

upcycled denim copper magazine rack

6. Denim Hanging Storage Baskets

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. 

hanging denim baskets

7. Denim Storage Ottoman – Pillarboxblue

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.

DIY Ottoman from upcycled jeans and an Ikea crate. Makes for handy storage too!

8. Jeans Advent Calendar – Pillarboxblue

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.

Rustic, industrial homemade advent calendar. This is easy to make Christmas craft from recycled jeans pockets and is a no-sew project.

9. Easy No-Sew Denim Suitcase – Pillarboxblue

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.

Upcycled Patchwork Denim Suitcase - No Sew tutorial

10. Upcycled Denim Tin Cans – Pillarboxblue

I know that these are upcycled jean planters, however, the denim tin cans could easily be used as storage caddies.

How to make goregous upcycled planters for your succulents. Just using tin cans and recycled jeans. Full tutorial no sewing involved.

11. Hanging Pocket Storage- Pillarboxblue

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.

Upcycled hanging pocket storage from old jeans.

12. Denim Fabric Pin Board

This is no ordinary fabric pin board, it has pockets for extra storage and the shape can be rearranged.

DIY fabric pin board

13. Denim Applique Heart Pockets

Make some cute mini storage pockets with applique hearts.

denim heart gift pockets

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.

Denim Rug Ideas

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Denim Pillow Ideas


Repurposed denim Christmas ornaments

Upcycled Denim Christmas Decorations

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

I just love a project that reuses something ordinary and keeps it out of the landfills. Great roundup. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Thank you, it's easy to craft with the things around you and repurpose them.

ulrikes smaating

Monday 13th of January 2020

wow! great ideas to upcycle with denim! the denim storage ottoman is very interesting and the rugs... :0) best wishes from denmark, Ulrike :0)

Claire Armstrong

Monday 13th of January 2020

Thank you so much, I just love crafting with denim.

Linda at Mixed Kreations

Sunday 12th of January 2020

These are all awesome ideas! I've been saving my old jeans, and I want to make a storage holder that hangs on the wall for my craft room.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 13th of January 2020

Thank you, those hanging holders are really handy.


Friday 10th of January 2020

There are some great idea ideas here! You are my go-to source for upcycled denim ideas - love your work :) Pinned

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 11th of January 2020

That’s lovely to hear thank you and thanks for the share.


Wednesday 4th of January 2017

These are all fantastic ideas! Pinned! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week :)

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Thank you and thanks for the pin !