Friday, 16 August 2013

... and a Denim Storage Basket

I am a sucker for a storage basket or tin, even if it's just so that I can kid myself that I'm being organised!! So I decided to make another - this time upcycled from the leg of a pair of jeans!

This is a really simple process and requires minimal sewing... Start with an old pair of jeans and cut a section from the bottom of one leg (mine was 20cm long).
Turn inside out and sew straight along the bottom (the opposite end to the existing seam). To create a box finish, fold each ends over and sew across to give a triangle shape.
When you turn it back the right way, this will give a flat bottom and more of a basket shape.
Fold over the top seam and then decorate to your hearts content!
I used a wide ribbon and bow, which I had saved from some gift wrapping. Then added a lace trim to add to the 80's effect with the stonewashed denim!!
I'm using this for my fabric scraps and the squishy edges mean I can squeeze plenty in! As this was so quick to make, I think I'm going to make a couple more - perhaps for make up storage. What would you use yours for?

If you like this idea, you may also like our Denim Wine Bottle Bag!

Update 12th September 2013: This post has been featured here by Get Your Crap Together
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35 comments:

  1. Looks great! thanks for the tutorial.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs!!!

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    1. Thanks Milena! Have a great weekend x

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  2. So clever! Have to try that now. And I agree, I too am a sucker for bins and baskets!

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    1. Thanks Allie! I reckon you could make a mini collection of these! x

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  3. What a simple but stunning idea, thanks for sharing how to make it.

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  4. These are great and I have some old jeans .... Jo x

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    1. Thanks Jo! Plus this only uses a little big of the jean leg, so you'll have plenty left over :) x

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  5. What a creative re-fashion! I found you through the link party at VMG206 :)

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    1. Thanks! Great to have you stop by :) x

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  6. very nice and easy= the best!!!Well done!
    I'm your new follower!
    best wishes!
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/

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  7. This is so adorable! Love the turquoise bow too--its the perfect addition! I would just LOVE to have you share this and anything else at my link party! http://www.madetobeamomma.com/2013/08/homemade-by-you-64.html

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    1. Thanks Katie, it was a happy coincidence that the ribbon I'd saved was just the right length!! Thanks as well for the invite to your linky :) x

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  8. Great idea! I think we all have a couple pairs of jeans lying around. I don't sew, but I think even I could make this! Thanks

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    1. Thanks Nicole. You should definitely give it a go, especially if you have some jeans lying around!! x

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  9. This is exactly the tutorial I could use. I was just wondering what to do with a pair of jeans that I bought in the wrong size and forgot all about until recently. Thanks for sharing!


    Dropping by from the Dandelion Wishes Hop.

    Del @ spud-nails.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Del! The beauty of this is that you only use part of one leg, so there's plenty of denim left for other projects!! x

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  10. Very clever and a great way to up-cycle those jeans that might not fit anymore. ;-) Thanks for linking up to All Things Thursday Blog Hop last week. Hope to see you again tomorrow night!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. Thanks Nici, it definitely better than chucking the jeans away! Love your linky so we'll certainly be visiting this week :) x

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  11. This is so cute. I love denim and I love storage containers. So this is the perfect fit. I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up! Starts on the 1st of each month.

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    1. Thanks Chelsea! We have shared with your great Pattern Party :) x

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  12. Such a great idea! thank you. Can't wait to have a go .......

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    1. Thanks Marianna! Would love to hear how you get on :) x

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  13. Just wanted to let you know that you were featured today at my blog Get Your Crap Together!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature Chelsea! x

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  14. We love upcycled, functional products. I am going to try this and use African fabrics to decorate.

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    2. Glad you liked it! I think African fabrics would look fab :) x

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  15. Great Tutorial! I hope you will share it in out Bag Brag Tuesday linking party! http://blog.chriswdesigns.com/linking-parties/

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    1. Thanks Christine! Thanks for the invite, we've now shared :) x

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  16. I absolutely just adore this! Thank you for sharing this {{{hugz}}}

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  17. I love this idea...so simple and easy to make. Did you just glue your ribbon on or did you sew it on?

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    1. Thanks Erlene! I glued the ribbon to itself rather than onto the denim... that way it can be taken off if I fancy changing it! x

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