Upcycled Jeans Fabric Basket

Learn how to make an upcycled jeans fabric basket using the hems cut off of jeans. These small diy fabric baskets are perfect for organizing drawers!

My kids always create holes in the knees of their pants during the winter. At first I mend the knees in their jeans, but once it warms up enough I cut the pants and cuff them into shorts.

I’ve kept all of the bottom parts of the jeans to use for upcycling. You can reuse the hem to make a great diy fabric basket. These little baskets are great for organizing small things and they are small enough to fit in drawers.

Upcycled Jeans Fabric Basket

The hem is great because you don’t have to sew your own hem, and it makes the top stiff enough to hold up the edge. Another thing I like to do with the hem of pants is make little upcycled baby shoes with a free shoe sewing pattern.

I love opening my drawer and seeing these little pant hems holding and organizing stuff. It makes me think about my little kids wearing these pants and growing up.

Upcycled Jeans Fabric Basket

what is upcycling?

Upcycling is to reuse material to create something better than the original. I usually use this to describe when I’m sewing adult clothing into clothing for children or I’m sewing clothing into an accessory or house item.

Upcycling saves time, saves money, saves the environment, and saves memories.

Save time by reusing details from the original shirt. Save money by using something you already have.

Save the environment by keeping t-shirts out of the landfill. Save memories by reusing a favorite adult t-shirt for your toddler or child.

Do you want more upcycling or organizing ideas? Check these out!

Upcycled Jeans Fabric Basket

Upcycled Jeans Fabric Basket

Upcycled Jeans Fabric Basket


legs of jeans

Cut the bottom part of the pants 4 inches from the hem.

cut hem four inches from bottom

Spread out the raw edges of the tube to see what the circumference of the circle is. You might have to guess a little bit. I did a 4 inch diameter circle.

measure to find circle size

Add seam allowance around the circle size. Cut a piece of canvas or denim fabric to the size of the circle with seam allowance.

draw circle on denim or canvas

I did both canvas and some of the leftover denim.

cut out circle

With right sides together pin the circle to the raw edge of the pants tube.

pin circle to non hem side of jeans tube

Sew around the circle. I found that sewing with the circle up was the easiest. Sew really slow so that you can keep adjusting the fabric to prevent tucks. Here’s some help with sewing curves.

carefully sew around

Finish the raw edges with a serger or a zigzag.

finish edges

Turn the baskets right side out and poke out the corners.

turn right side out

Fill the baskets with all the things that need to be organized.

fill up to organize

If you make an upcycled jeans fabric basket using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

Upcycled Jeans Fabric Basket

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Couldn”t you leave the pant legs longer and sew deep box corners?

Of course!😊

I love working with recycle demin. WHAT A crazy simple idea. This is different a Why didn’t I think of that. Thankyou