Upcycled Denim Storage Bins

Upcycled Denim Storage Bins

Looking for a unique way to add some fun and flair to your home decor? These Upcycled Denim Storage Bins might be just what you’re looking for. Not only are these homemade bins practical, but they’re also simple and fun to make as well. The next time that you’re looking for a simple way to organize what you have around the house, why not take matters into your own hands and make your own solution instead?

Keep in mind that this upcycle project is really quite simple to do. Once you read the easy directions below, you just might be cutting up all the jeans in your house to make more! The other great part about this simple sewing project is that you can easily make these storage compartments to fit any type of decor that you have. The added denim gives them a sturdiness and you can change out the fabric to whatever you like best. When it comes to finding a simple and easy way to organize the spaces in your home or camper, this simple DIY storage bin project is the perfect solution.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THESE UPCYCLED DENIM STORAGE BINS

supplies needed for DIY upcycled denim storage bins

* Before you cut your fabric, you need to determine what size bins you want to make. My bins measured 8×8, 9×9, and 13×13. Make your decision based on what your ½ yard will cover 😊 

HOW TO SEW THESE UPCYCLED DENIM STORAGE BINS

{For our example, I am going to use the 13×13 size)

Cut (2) two 13×13 pieces of the outer denim fabric, (2) two 13×13 pieces of the lining, and (4) four 13×13 pieces of the interfacing. If you make any of the other sizes, just cut out the other pieces accordingly.

fabric pieces for storage bin

Take you interfacing and iron it to the wrong side of both pieces of your outer denim fabric and both pieces of the lining. Interfacing adds support, weight and structure to your storage bins.

clipping together the pieces

With right sides of the fabrics facing each other, pin or clip both sides and the bottom of the outer denim fabric and the lining. Now it’s time to sew!

sewing together the fabric pieces for DIY storage bin

Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew along the sides and bottom of your outer denim squares and your lining squares. Press your side seams open.

showing the process of sewing

Make a box corner for both the outer denim and the lining. I have added a collage to give you photo instructions on how to do this. Just follow the steps above and you’ll be fine. You can also look at many YouTube videos for instructions. 

sewing and leaving a hole for the storage bin

Turn the denim basket inside out and the lining right side out. Place the outer denim basket inside the lining, so that right sides are together. Match up the side seams and pin or clip into place. 

Sew the inner and outer bins together by going around the top. Leave a 4-5” opening for turning.

adding on the denim

Pull the lining through the opening so the denim outer fabric and the lining are both showing the right side of the fabric. Tuck the lining into the denim and press around the opening so it is nice and sharp looking!

various sizes and fabric of diy storage bins

Finally, top stitch your opening closed. Now, just fold over the lining and you’re done! Time to enjoy your new bin!

HOW TO USE YOUR STORAGE BINS

The great part about making these storage bins is that they’re really, really handy. You can use them and have them sitting on shelves, under the bed, under the counter, or on shelves in your camper or RV. We’ve even made these up and kept on in the trunk and backseat of the car to hold items as we’re traveling down the road.

Another really great idea is to change out the fabric and use these as a way to add some organization to the kid’s rooms in your house. A little storage bin can go a long way in keeping their floor clean and cluttered!

GIVING THESE DIY UPCYCLED DENIM STORAGE BINS TO OTHERS

Giving a homemade gift to someone that you love and care about is always fun. But what makes these storage bins even more unique is that you can not only give them a unique homemade gift, but you can also fill it with something cool for them to have, too.

These bins make a really great housewarming gift that you can also fill full of other cute home decor items or even a bottle of sparking cider, too. When you’re looking for ways to give these gifts to others, you really can’t go wrong with whatever way you decide to present it.

If you liked how to make these up-cycled denim storage bins, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

Upcycled Demin Storage Bins

Upcycled Denim Storage Bins Create Card

Check out this super simple tutorial on how to make these easy Upcycled Demin Storage Bins. This fun sewing project is a great way to use your old and worn out jeans for something fresh and new!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5.00

Materials

Instructions

  1. Cut (2) 13x13 pieces of the outer denim fabric, (2) 13x13 pieces of the lining and (4) 13x13 pieces of the interfacing.
  2. Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of both pieces of your outer denim fabric and both pieces of the lining.
  3. With right sides facing, pin or clip both sides and the bottom of the outer denim fabric and the lining.
  4. Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew along the sides and bottom of your outer denim squares and your lining squares.
  5. Press your side seams open.
  6. Make a box corner for both the outer denim and the lining.
  7. Turn the denim basket inside out and the lining right side out.
  8. Place the outer denim basket inside the lining, so that right sides are together.
  9. Match up the side seams and pin or clip into place.
  10. Sew the inner and outer bins together by going around the top. Leave a 4-5” opening for turning.
  11. Pull the lining through the opening so the denim outer fabric and the lining are both showing the right side of the fabric. Tuck the lining into the denim and press around the opening so it is nice and sharp looking!
  12. Top stitch your opening closed. Fold over the lining and enjoy your new bin!

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