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Making small storage bins is quite easy. You can upcycle an old pair of jeans to create a storage container for whatever you need to keep organized.

From makeup to yarn, and everything in between, these small storage bins are a perfect addition to your home organization and decor.

Small storage container upcycled storage bin DIY project

Today we’re making a few small storage containers. Besides holding a skein of yarn, you can use these under your bathroom sink, under your end table, in your shelf cubbies, or even use them in the kitchen. The possibilities are endless.

Small storage container diy project, upcycled jeans storage bin.

Heck, make one as a Mother’s Day Gift and fill it with makeup supplies!

Making small storage containers with upcycled fabric.

Keeping things organized with this upcycled small storage bin project is fun and easy!

Small storage container bins upcycled from jeans and fabric.

Although you might not know exactly what you’ll use a small storage bin, for now, trust me, you’ll quickly fill them up and want to make more!

Small storage bins upcycled from blue jeans and fabric.

Upcycled Denim Storage Bins

To make these small storage bins we’ll need to gather a few things. 

What You’ll Need

You may also need a seam ripper. This will help you take apart seams on the jeans or other upcycled projects you’re working on.

Did you know, I make handmade seam rippers! If there are none listed in my Etsy store, just contact me and I can make one for you! They’re larger and more comfortable than store-bought rippers as they’re made of wood and turned to fit in the hand nicely.

My Handmade Seam Rippers »

Of course, you can make do with what you have. The list above is suggested items to make everything go quickly. 

Small storage container sewing project

Materials

• ½ yard of fabric from a pair of upcycled denim jeans (this is the main fabric)
• *½ yard of upcycled fabric from scraps of left-over fabric (this is the lining)
• ½ yard of light or medium weight fusible interfacing
• Cotton thread

Small Storage Container DIY Denim Jeans Upcycle Project Materials

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Instructions

Before you cut the fabric, you need to determine what size bins you want to make. My bins measure approximately 8×8, 9×9, and 13×13.

Aside from making bins just for the heck of it, think about what you want to store in them. Measure accordingly and make bins that fit your needs.

Cut Fabric Pieces

For our example, I’m using the 13×13 size

Cut (2) 13×13 pieces of the outer denim fabric, (2) 13×13 pieces of the lining and (4) 13×13 pieces of the interfacing.

Fabric for small storage containers

Iron Interfacing And Pin The Fabric

Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of both pieces of your outer denim fabric and both pieces of the lining. With right sides facing, pin or clip both sides and the bottom of the outer denim fabric and the lining.

Ironing interfacing and pinning to denim fabric

Buy Sewing Clips » (they’re cheap and nicer than using pins!)

Sew The Outer Squares

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.

Sewing Outer Squares of Storage Bin

Sew Box Corners

Make a box corner for both the outer denim and the lining. Because I’m awesome like that, I have added a collage to give you photo instructions on how to do this.

How to sew a box corner, boxed corner instructions

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Sewing a box corner

Completed box corner

Pin Denim To Lining

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

Pin denim fabric to the lining

Sew Denim And Lining Together

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

Sew together the lining and denim

Pull Lining Through

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!

Pulling the lining through to create our small storage container bins

Top Stitch Opening

Top stitch your opening closed. Fold over the lining and enjoy your new bin!

Small storage container, fabric DIY bin

Pin these small storage bins on Pinterest!

Small storage container, upcycled jean storage bins.

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Small Storage Container

Small storage container using upcycled jean fabric to make small storage bins.
Total Time30 mins
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $2

Equipment

  • Sewing Machine

Materials

  • 1/2 yard denim jeans
  • 1/2 yard scrap fabric for lining
  • 1/2 yard fusible interfacing light or medium weight
  • 1 spool cotton thread

Instructions

  • Cut denim, fabric, and interfacing 13" x 13" (2 pieces of denim, 2 pieces of lining fabric, 4 pieces of interfacing)
  • Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of both pieces of your outer denim fabric and both pieces of the lining
  • With right sides facing, pin or clip both sides and the bottom of the outer denim fabric and the lining.
  • 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.
  • 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. (see collage in post)
  • Turn the denim bin inside out and the lining right side out. Place the outer denim bin inside the lining, so that the 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.
  • 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!
  • Top stitch your opening closed. Fold over the lining and enjoy your new bin!

 

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