Cute Repurposed Denim Fabric Baskets

by Texas Homesteader 

OK y’all, if you follow me on Facebook you already know that I can’t sew because I’ve complained about it for years.  I know I must have been a bitter disappointment to my grandmother who sewed all her life (who even homemade patchwork quilts. For FUN??) and my mother who was a skilled seamstress herself.  I could just never do it.  I was gifted an old Singer sewing machine and I promised myself I’d learn to use it.  But.  I.  Didn’t.

One of my New Year’s Goals (not resolutions) this year was to finally learn to use my sewing machine.  My very first project was to make these cute small denim baskets with repurposed denim from RancherMan’s old worn jeans. Y’all know that I love all things denim & I think these baskets are ADORABLE!  And if *I* can do it, anyone can.  Check out how easy this is, y’all!

Quick & Easy Denim Baskets repurposed from old worn jeans. I don't sew well, so If *I* can do it, anyone can. So CUTE! #TexasHomesteader

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Denim Material To Repurpose

RancherMan is pretty tough on his jeans and it doesn’t take long before there are holes in the knees.   I love denim so I like to make No-Sew Pocket Coasters out of the pockets, but there’s much more denim fabric that can be used.

Several months ago I was perusing the internet looking for cute things to do with repurposed denim and I ran across a post on the Purple Hues and Me site. They made it look pretty easy so today I made cute little denim baskets that I’ll be using to hold our homemade Christmas gifts this year.  Now before you get too amazed at my mad sewing skills, please know that this project only required sewing 3 straight lines. But hey – I threaded the machine and that’s about 95% of my battle! LOL

Cutting The Material

I brought out a pair of RancherMan’s old Wranglers and cut from the bottom leg hem about a foot length of the leg straight across.  Now I have a 1-foot length tube of denim that’s hemmed on one end.  His Wrangler’s are boot-cut so a 1-foot section seemed about right for me. You might want to adjust if you’re using skinny jeans with a smaller leg opening.

Then I turned the fabric inside out since I’ll be sewing my seam on the underside of the fabric.  After I smooth the denim I sew a straight seam across the shin-high cut end of the fabric.

Making A Boxed Bottom

Now here comes the tricky part.  (or maybe that’s just me…) I’m going to sew an angle straight across the straight seam that I just sewed to make a little triangle.  This will give my denim basket a squared bottom so it can stand on its own.

So I pulled each side of my seam apart as far as I could and marked 1.5″ from the edge across the seam that I had just sewed.  Then I used a ruler and a pencil to draw across forming a triangle out of this corner.  To me it’s a little tricky because the seams that were originally along each side of the leg of the jeans can make it look like you don’t have a symmetrical triangle, but thankfully this is a rustic denim basket anyway so it’s very forgiving of sewing perfection.  (can I get an *AMEN*??!!)   So I drew a line across and sewed a straight seam along pencil mark.

Now all that’s left to do is turn the fabric right-side out again and with my fingers push the fabric at the bottom corner so that it forms a little box. Really – it truly is just that easy!

Quick & Easy Denim Baskets repurposed from old worn jeans. I don't sew well, so If *I* can do it, anyone can. So CUTE! #TexasHomesteader

If the original leg seam is a little worn I love the look even more. So I don’t try to trim the frayed threads – I love it!

Embellishing My Denim Baskets

There are about a kazillion ways to embellish these cute little baskets. Maybe I’ll cut the outside seam of RancherMan’s jeans and tack it to form a little denim handle for my basket.  Or I may cut out the belt loop section and tack it to the top portion of another basket.  Maybe a bandana would be cute?  Maybe a raffia bow.  Or I can decorate it with one of those over-sized brooches or pins?  The possibilities are endless.

Quick & Easy Denim Baskets repurposed from old worn jeans. I don't sew well, so If *I* can do it, anyone can. So CUTE! #TexasHomesteader

So when RancherMan & I present our homemade Christmas gifts this year many of them will be presented in these oh-so-cute denim baskets.  Not only will they give our gifts a little extra visual pop, but the packaging is cute, inexpensive, repurposed and reusable. What’s not to love??


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58 thoughts on “Cute Repurposed Denim Fabric Baskets

  1. Nicole

    What a cool way to upcycle denim jeans. Thank you for linking up your post at the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to have you join us again, the door is open Friday at midnight EST.

  2. Crystal Green

    These are super cute. I bet they last a long time too.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again when we open our doors on Friday at 12 AM EST.

  3. Autumn

    Absolutely darling! I’ve got to make some of these to fill as Christmas baskets for my niece and nephews. Love how the best things are the simple and resourceful!

  4. Linda

    These are so cute. Reminds me of my mom. She never let a pair of jeans go to waste. She made all sorts of cute things. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend. Hope to see you next week.

    Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      🙂 I do too Cheryl. I’m thinking of other ways to use them. I give out my home-canned jellies and such for gifts so I love the presentation these baskets give for those, but maybe I can add one or two as a decorative touch on a shelf? Hummm… ~TMH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      LOL Margy, isn’t it the way it always goes?? The good thing is these cute baskets are even cuter with well-worn jeans – the jeans I’m making them from are RancherMan’s with holes in the knees that I couldn’t even donate. (‘course nowadays wearing denim with holes in them can be the *in* thing? HA!)

  5. ColleenB.

    Congratulations on sewing your first project. They look Great and the great possibilities these could be used for. How cute it would be to put a small poinsettia plant inside; decanter of sorts to use as a small floral arrangement or like you mentioned; cute and adorable gift bags.
    Great job Tammy Can’t wait to see your next sewing project :}
    Have a great day


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