Upcycled Storage Bins

4 Materials
20 Minutes

Making these upcycled storage bins is a fun sewing project. You can make them out of any fabric, but we made ours from old jeans and some fabric cut-offs. I think the jean storage bins look really sharp. These small storage bins are perfect for storing anything from makeup to pens, art supplies, yarn - basically anything you want!

Tools Used

  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins or Clips
  • Cutting Mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board


  • 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

Cut Fabric Into Squares

For our bins we cut...

  • (2) 13×13 pieces of the jeans/denim fabric
  • (2) 13×13 pieces of the lining fabric
  • (4) 13×13 pieces of the interfacing

Iron Interfacing And Pin The Fabric

Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of both outer pieces of the denim fabric and both lining pieces. 

Sew The Outer Squares

With right sides facing, pin or clip together both sides and the bottom of the outer denim fabric and the lining.

With a 1/4” seam allowance, sew sides and bottom of the outer denim squares and the lining squares. Press your side seams open.

Make Box Corners

Create box corners for the outer denim and the lining. Check out the collage to see how you can do this. 

Pin Denim To Lining

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

Sew Denim And Lining Together

Sew around the top so the inner and outer bins are sewn together. Leave an opening approximately 4" to 5” for turning.

Pull Lining Through

Tug the lining through the opening. This way the denim outer fabric is showing the right side, as well as the lining showing the right side out.

Situate the lining and denim so it is ready to sew closed.

Top Stitch The Opening

Sew the opening closed using a top stitch. Fold the lining over and enjoy your new small storage bin!

Enjoy Your Small Storage Bins

Repeat for each bin and enjoy storing your art supplies, makeup brushes, or other goodies inside!

Check out my blog, Scrappy Geek for more easy projects!

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  • Dl.5660408
    on Mar 10, 2020

    Thanks for the excellent instructions and visuals, perfect for any size desired. Love new ideas for reusing denim

  • Von
    on Mar 10, 2020

    This is a great project. Your directions are very easy to follow. I have several pairs of jeans to use. I made chair cushions last summer. This will be my new project.☺

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