Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Quick and Easy Hand Sewn Upcycled Denim Storage Basket & Flowers




While getting a bag of old clothes together to donate,  I had an aha moment when I came across a pair of denim jeans and remembered a couple of projects I could make out of them.  I've been stuck in the house during this extremely cold, snowy and icy weather we're having looking for creative things to do.  It's always fun to recycle/upcycle things we have around the house instead of giving them away, don't you think!

First off is the quick and easy hand sewn denim storage baskets made with just three seams.

All you have to do is cut off about twelve inches of the bottom portion legs.
 Turn inside out.

 Then hand stitch a seam about half inch from cut off edge with needle and thread.


Once done, pull open leg and match center seams together, flatten, creating a triangular shape and hand stitch across about two inches from pointed end. Stitch opposite side, making sure the triangles are even.

There you have it .  .  . just three seams!



Turn right side out  .  .  .


and fold down outside hem.   Ta Da!


Add embellishments, if you want!


Here's how to make denim flowers: 



First, we need to make the denim stiff and fray free by brushing scraps with mod podge and allow to dry.

Next, cut out two circles and at least 32 free-hand petals to make two flowers.


Hot glue six petals onto denim circle.


Hot glue additional six petals on top between first layer and continue adding another layer of four petals.  Using a thin pen or stick, roll petals under while pushing up.  Cut a 1/4 inch wide strip about two inches long and roll up, gluing the ends.  Hot glue to center of flower.  Use your fingers to fluff up the petals.


Glue finished flower onto cuff of basket.


Now, enjoy using your denim storage baskets!




 
Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!

























41 comments:

  1. How cute are those! Great way to re-use the denim. Love the flower too!

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  2. Those are adorable! The flower really makes it!

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  3. Gail, as always these are just too cute. I was at Michael's the other day and they have a whole new Spring line of denim. It's really hot right now. Love these. Cathy

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  4. I love this idea!!!! I just happen to have 3 or 4 pairs of jeans that were going in the dumpster this week. These will make such cute gifts, stuff with oh so many ideas, two pair of the jeans are kakie so those will be fun to decorate for spring. Thanks for such a fun project!! Marianne

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  5. I love these Gail! They could be used on shelves in my craft room. What a great recycle and I love the denim flowers too!

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  6. Una idea genial ,me encanta ,gracias por compartir !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Besos.

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  7. Beautiful creation, Gail! The flowers are so gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing the great tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  8. I've been using the tops of jeans for projects and have a stack of legs. Loving, doing, sharing, pinning!

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  9. Your baskets and flowers are super cute! Love how you recycled an old pair of jeans!

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  10. These are cute! I think I'd find/make a cardboard box to line them with so they were a bit more stable. Now to see if I have a pair of jeans lurking around somewhere...

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    1. That's a great idea! I did think about putting a cardboard circle in the bottom but decided to keep it simple. Someone else suggested adding straps which is another great idea. There are so many possibilities!

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  11. I actually am going to clean my closet out soon. I think I will keep my jeans instead of donating them. I love this!!

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  12. These are absolutely adorable and totally practical - LOVE them! Thanks so much for taking the time to join us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week! Feel free to bring a friend :)

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    1. Just stopping by to let you know that this post has been featured over at the #HomeMattersParty - we'd love for you to come by and check it out, and link up something else awesome! http://theroadtodomestication.com/2015/03/13/home-matters-linky-party-28/

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  13. such a great way to use up some old jeans! I love the flower too, so unique! Thanks for sharing with us at the craft challenge!

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  14. These are so cute, especially with the flowers! They would make great little gift baskets. I think I have some jeans I need to cut up...

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  15. These are so cute and useful. I love repurpose and this is a really great idea!
    Charlotte @My Green Nook

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  16. Love this! You can also use a button for the center of the flower. You also want to try burlap flowers. Just think of the unlimited possibilities with your clever idea!

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  17. Thank you for this clever and adorable idea! I appreciate any fabric projects that don't require a sewing machine!

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  18. So pretty! And simple. Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Hello! I found your blog through DIY Showoff's link party. This idea is so cute and creative, and so simple too! Thank you for sharing!
    Ashley | www.ashandcrafts.com

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  20. Love this! Pinned! Thought of my friend Emily at www.TwoPurpleCouches.com when I visited your site. You'll want to check her out, I'm sure.

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    1. Gail, you solved a little problem for me. I'm writing up a post on DIY Basket Liners for Round Baskets, and wonder if I could use your title picture? I've already linked to this post, but would love to use your picture, as well. I look forward to hearing from you. Darla at HeartWorkOrg.com

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  21. Very cute! I believe that this post was in my weekly Hometalk newsletter!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Talented Tuesday Link Party, hope to see you again this week!

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  22. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing on that DIY party.

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  23. These are just adorable! You are so talanted! I would love for you to stop by my blog and join our Something to Talk About link party each week!
    Have a great day! Karen

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  24. Oh my goodness, Gail! They are so adorable. The flowers are perfectly done.
    Thank you so much for sharing! Pinned! :)

    ~Robin

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  25. Hi Gail. Your denim flowers are a wonderful touch and finish off the project perfectly. Best wishes to you, Darlene

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  26. Oh my gosh, this is brilliant!! Sharing it with my friend now...

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  27. Love this, Gail. Featured, pinned and shared. Best wishes from your friend, Linda at Crafts a lamode

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  28. These are beautiful! You could even add a denim handle and a little bit of lining and create an Easter basket. So cute! I LOVE THE DENIM FLOWER!!! Will be using the flower on an upcoming project! Thanks for sharing it at the #HomeMattersParty and congrats on the feature! :) Well deserved!

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  29. I love this. This is a craft that I could possibly do :) Thanks for showing all the steps with pictures :)

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  30. Thanks so much for sharing on Something to Talk About! I can't wait to see what you have for this week!
    Karen

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  31. Cute! I love the denim flowers! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!

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  32. That is beautiful!! I would love to even put a plant in one! :)

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  33. Love this! I can't wait to make one today!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  34. Love this! I can't wait to make one today!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  35. Love this! I can't wait to make one today!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  36. Love this! I can't wait to make one today!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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