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14 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 the best ideas for upcycling those jeans into fantastic denim storage.

You can do many things 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 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 great places to pick up old jeans cheaply.

This is a very carefully curated round-up of how to transform old jeans into useful denim storage vessels.

upcycled Denim storage ideas

The Best Upcycled Denim Storage Ideas

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1. Denim Pocket Organiser

This was one of my first denim upcycles and 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 keeping his headphones, lanyards, sunglasses, pen knives, and small pieces in his pockets.

I keep on meaning to make one for my craft room.

Denim Wall Oraganiser Pillarboxblue

2. Denim Fabric Baskets

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

If you don’t have a sewing machine or want a no-sew upcycled denim storage option, this is the one for you.

I love the quirky stencilling, “BITS & BOBS” is a very English saying; you could try something like “ODDs and ENDS” or just “STUFF”.

This is 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

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

Another one of mine. I got the idea for this magazine rack while doing some building work.

Once I saw the plumber’s copper piping offcuts, I knew I had to use them. This was simple; all you need is copper piping and an old pair of jeans.

upcycled denim copper magazine rack

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6. Denim Hanging Storage Baskets

The use of embroidery hoops makes this denim storage idea special. They keep the mouth of the denim baskets open, which is handy, and they can be used to hang them. 

hanging denim baskets

7. Denim Storage Ottoman

Another IKEA hack. This time use one of their wooden crates and castors to make handy storage that doubles up as extra seating.

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

8. Jeans Advent Calendar

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

Another great upcycled denim idea that uses up all those fabric 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

I know these are upcycled jean planters; however, the denim tin cans could easily be used as storage caddies like desk pencil pots.

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

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11. Hanging Pocket Storage

Another cute way to use denim pockets on the back of a pair of jeans. These hanging pockets are handy storage for small items and can be suspended 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. A fun denim Valentine’s Day craft.

denim heart gift pockets

14. Denim Patchwork Bowl

This handy storage bowl is made like a fabric version of paper mache using scraps of denim.

denim patchwork bowl

Other Things To Make From Denim

If you love to upcycle and repurpose old jeans like me, you might want to check out these fabulous denim crafts for the home. Or even think about using other fabrics for upcycling for the home.

Denim Rug Ideas

11 blue jean rugs

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 !