Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Denim Upcycle Crafty Bucket

 I am so excited about this tutorial... I hope y'all love it as much as I have... I have these buckets everywhere....
Here I made a craft bucket out of a pair of old jeans ( no holes in them though)and some fabric you love.  The bucket is perfect for holding yarns, fabric scraps, crafting supplies, and the jean pockets "inside" the bucket are great storage places for scissors, or other crafting supplies.

Materials Needed:
an old pair of jeans
cotton canvas or upholstery weight fabric
* very important) denim sewing needle for machine
a piece of cardboard
hot glue gun
permanent marker
rotary cutter or scissors

1- With the jeans buttoned, cut off legs just below the zipper or pockets.  Set the legs aside you'll need those later.  This will determine the depth of the bucket
2-Turn the jeans inside out.  Most jeans will flare at the hips ; you want your bucket to be straight from the top down, so I first took a measuring template and as you can see the black marker I drew a line from the top of the jeans to the bottom to make the bucket more of a cylinder shape.
Once you've marked the sewing lines then pin them and sew down these lines and cut off excess fabric and bulk.
3- Measure the height and width of the jeans tube and cut your outer fabric to the same height +1/2 inch at the top for a seam allowance , and the same width plus 1 inch.  To get this measurement lay the jeans flat and measure side to side and double to get the width

4-Pin the right side of the outer fabric to the wrong side of the top of the jeans with a 1/2 inch overlay; stitch this down over the top of the existing waistband top stitching.
(Let me just confess now for whatever reason my brain doesn't wrap itself around this concept and I ended up having to redo this really look and make sure that when you're done sewing the outer fabric is on the outside the the right side of the jeans is on the inside..I'm sure y'all are not as dense as me)

5-Cut a piece of the leftover legs in a circle approx. 1/2 inch wider all around than the opening for the jeans at the bottom. This will be the bottom of the bucket.  Here's how you figure out what you need to do to cut this precisely.

* Multiply the width of the jeans by 2 to get the circumference.  Divide this number by Pi. (3.14)
to get the diameter.  Divide that number by 2 for the radius to get the measurement for this compass.  You can use a scrap piece of cardboard for this; remember to add 1/2 inch to that measurement.  ( I assure you it's not as difficult as it sounds if I can do it anyone can....really)
extra jean leg #1 circumference for bottom of bucket cut this out and start pinning to inner and outer layers of bucket bottom.  Then stitch it down with a 1/2 inch seam allowance making sure you are sewing through all 3 layers of fabric. The raw edges should be at the bottom of the inside of the bucket.
7-Cut a cardboard circle to fit in the bottom.  Take the other leg of the jeans and cut it 1/2 inch larger than the cardboard circle and hot glue these 2 pieces together.  Insert this inside the bucket as the base of the bucket and to hide the interior seams at the bottom of the bucket. 
You know have an AWESOME recycled up cycled denim bucket for a multitude of uses.

I just love this bucket.. I'm sure you can use a bucket like this for a zillion things.  Go forth and make buckets... (smiles) I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.. and make yourselves or someone you care about a bucket for something special.


  1. thanks Cindy... I kinda love it too... thanks for stopping by hope to see you again soon

  2. These are so cute, I want one, two or three of them!

  3. What a fantastic use for an old pair of jeans! I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!

  4. Thank you so very much.. I think it's a great way to use old jeans.. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. I love company around here...


  5. Very clever idea!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  6. Stacey,
    Thanks for stopping by, come link up here sometime...
    I'd love to see what you do..

    Thanks again,

  7. So so cute! I'm featuring this in a teacher gift post this weekend! I would love to have some of these for my classroom!

  8. They are so easy and quick to make... Thanks for stopping by to visit I hope to see you again soon, I love company!! =)