DIY recycled denim basket

Denim is such a versatile cloth piece, we all own at least a few pairs. In my case it’s my daily mom uniform. After a time they always get used and start to have holes…but there s still plenty of good fabric to rescue.

Would you rather throw away your old denim or reuse them? For a while, I stacked my family’s old denims in a corner of my closet, but I had to find a solution to reuse my denim jeans. So I came up with the idea of using denim strips to weave a basket. It’s quite easy to make even if the weaving process takes some time. If you have more denim to recycle, you can also try to make a DIY rug with old denims

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Un pantalon de mezclia es una pieza vestir muy versátil, todos tenemos al menos unos pares en nuestro amario. En mi caso es mi uniforme diario de mamá. Después de un tiempo, se desgastan y comienzan a tener agujeros … pero todavía hay un montón de buena tela para rescatar.

¿Prefieres tirar tu viejo denim o reutilizarlo? Por un tiempo, apilé los viejos denim de mi familia en un rincón de mi armario, pero tuve que encontrar una solucion para reciclarlos. Así que se me ocurrió la idea de usar tiras de mezclilla para tejer una canasta. Es bastante fácil de hacer incluso si el proceso de tejido toma algo de tiempo.

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Le jeans est un vêtement tellement polyvalent que nous en possédons tous au moins quelques paires. Dans mon cas, c’est mon uniforme quotidien de maman. Après un certain temps, ils s’usent et commencent à avoir des trous … mais il reste encore beaucoup de tissu en bon état.

Préfére-tu jeter tes vieux jeans ou les réutiliser? Pendant un moment, j’ai rangé les vieux jeans de ma famille dans un coin de mon placard, mais il fallait que je trouve une solution pour les recycler. J’ai donc eu l’idée d’utiliser des bandes de jeans pour tisser un panier. C’est assez facile à faire même si le processus de tissage prend du temps.

DIY recycled denim basket

DIY recycled denim basket

Material you will need to make your basket:

  • old denims
  • a pair of scissors,
  • a sewing machine
  • a container to use as a model for your basket (I used a bucket, the same kind as in the DIY make a stool with bucket).

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Material que vas a necesitar para hacer tu canasta:

  • Pantalones de mezclia usados
  • un par de tijeras
  • una máquina de coser,
  • un recipiente para servir de modelo a tu cesta (he usado una cubeta).

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Materiel dont tu auras besoin pour faire ton panier:

  • Vieux pantalons en jeans
  • une paire de ciseaux
  • une machine à coudre
  • un récipient pour servir de modèle à ton panier (j’ai employé un seau).

DIY recycled denim basket

Cut strips of denim +/- 1″ wide and sew them end to end to make a long “ribbon”. This ribbon is what you will use to weave your basket.

Tienes que cortar tiras de tejido de +/- 2,5 cm de ancho y coser las juntas, para hacer un largo”liston”. Este liston es lo que vas a usar para tejer tu canasta.

Coupe des bandes de tissus de +/- 2.5 cm de large et couds les bout à bout pour faire un long “ruban”. C’est ce ruban que tu vas employer pour tisser ton panier.

DIY recycled denim basket

You also need strips to make the base of your basket. The number of strips to make the base depend of your basket size, the bigger your basket is the more strips you will need. My basket is quite big and I used 20 stripes. Place a few strips next to each other, tie them in the center with a strip and spred them on a flat surface to make a ” * ” shape.

También necesitas tiras para hacer la base de tu cesta. La cantidad de tiras para hacer la base depende del tamaño de tu canasta, cuanto más grande sea tu cesta, más tiras necesitarás. Mi canasta es bastante grande y usé 20 tiras. Coloques las tiras juntas y átelas en el centro haciendo un nudo can una tira,  ponlas sobre una superficie plana y despliegelas para formar una forma de “*”.

Tu as également besoin de bandes pour faire la base de ton panier. Le nombre de bandes pour faire la base dépende de la taille du panier, plus ton panier est grand, plus tu auras besoin de bandes. Mon panier est assez grand et j’ai utilisé 20 bandes. Places quelques bandes les unes à côté des autres, attaches-les au milieu en fesant un noeud avec une bande de tissu. Places les ensuite sur une surface plane pour former un “*”.

DIY recycled denim basket

Take your denim ribbon and tie with a knot with one end in the center of the base and start to weave. You pass the ribbon around the strips. Once above, once below, once above, once below ….

Tomas tu cinta de mezclilla y ata la con un nudo en el centro de la base y comienzas a tejer. Pasas la cinta alrededor de las tiras. Una vez arriba, una vez abajo, una vez arriba, una vez abajo …

Prends ton ruban et attaches le avec un nœud au centre de ta base et commences à tisser. Tu passes le ruban autour des bandes. Un fois au dessus, une fois en dessous, un fois au dessus, une fois en dessous….

DIY recycled denim basket

You weave until you have the size that you desire for the base of your basket. You must occasionally pull the strips to adjust weaving. Place your weaved base on your container model (bucket, bowl …). And you can continue to weave the sides of your basket. Depending on the size, you may have to add strips of fabric on the side to have a weaving tight enough so the side of your basketand is rigid enough to stand on itself.

Tejes hasta que tengas el tamaño que deseas para la base de tu cesta. De vez en cuando debes jalar las tiras para ajustar el tejido. Coloquas tu base tejida sobre el contenedor que usas de modelo (cubo, tazón …). Puedes seguir tejiendo los lados de tu cesta. Dependiendo del tamaño, es posible que tenga que agregar tiras de tela en el costado para tener un tejido lo suficientemente ajustado para que los lados de su canasta sean lo suficientemente rígidos para sostenerse solo.

Tu tisses jusqu’à ce que tu aie la taille souhaitée pour la base de ton panier. De temps en temps, tires sur les bandes pour ajuster le tissu. Ty place la base sur le recipient que tu vas utiliser comme modèle (seau, bol …). Tu peux continuer à tisser les côtés deton panier. Selon la taille, tu dois peut-être ajouter des bandes de tissu sur le côté pour obtenir un tissage suffisamment serré pour que les côtés du panier soient suffisamment raides pour tenir seuls.

DIY recycled denim basket

Once you have completed weaving, you have to finish the edge of the basket. You attach the strips of fabric together by tying knots.

Una vez que hayas acabado de tejer, tienes que terminar el borde de la cesta. Vas a amarrar las tiras de tela con nudos.

Une fois que tu as terminé de tisser, il faut finir le bord du panier. Tu vas attacher les bandes de tissus ensemble en faisant des nœuds.

DIY recycled denim basket

Your basket is almost done. You’ve got to cut the extra stips and fold them inside the basket. You can either sew or glue them.

Tu cesta está casi terminada. Tienes que recortar las tiras de tejido ya doblarlas dentro de la canasta. Puede coserlas o pegarlas.

Ton panier est presque fini. Il te reste a couper les bouts de tissus qui dépasses et à les plier à l’intérieur du panier. Tu peux soit les coudre, soit les coller.

DIY recycled denim basket

Voila, not too bad for used denim! If you wonder, I used two pairs of denim to make this basket. I would love to see what you make so don’t hesitate to share it in comment! If you like this craft, you will love this DIY recycled felt basket too.

Voila, no está mal para un par de pantalones usados! He utilizado dos pares de pantalones para hacer esta canasta. Me encanta ve lo que haces, no dudes en compartir lo en los commentarios!

Voila, pas trop mal pour des vieux pantalons! J’ai employé deux jeans pour faire ce panier. J’adore voir ce que tu fais avec mes tutorial, n’hesites pas a partager dans les commentaires.

DIY recycled denim basket

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DIY recycled denim basket

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  1. Anonymous
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    Et depuis, Diego cherche ses jean's dans toute la maison !!!
    Chouette quand même ce panier ! On peut y mettre les habits de princesse ou plein de "coches Papyco" !

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    This is great! Much better than crochetting. Thnaks for this good idea.

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    I love this idea, and your instructions seem clear and achievable. Thank you.

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    great idea and your photos look out of this world

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    Very, very good idea to reuse "old denim" 🙂 Congrats!!!

  6. Anonymous
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    Super comme idée !!!
    J'adore !!!
    Merci pour le tuto …..

  7. Anonymous
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    Hey, I am actually trying your tutorial right now and I am not entirly sure what you mean by: "And you continue to weave the sides of your basket. Depending on the size, you may have to add strips of fabric." How do I add those additional strips. Because my "walls" wont stand up straight and I am guessing its because I don't have enough strips to weave with.
    Would love a tip.
    Thanks.
    Rita

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      Hey Rita, If your "wall" strips are not long enough for the basket height you want, you can sew other strips pieces at each end to lengthen them. I hope this will help you. Let me know if you have any doubt!

    • Anonymous
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      What should the length be to start with?

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    This looks absolutely wonderful, a lot better than jeans on me. 😉
    Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  9. Anonymous
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    HEy,
    That is a lovely idea.
    I was reading through it and just thought about trying it out with a mixture of denim and ribbons.

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      Thanks! Unfortunately I don't have time to write the new posts in spanish and french…but you can always use the translator in the sidebar menu or leave me a message!

    • Anonymous
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      How long are the staring strips suppose to be?

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      The strips that are knotted together are about 1 meter lenght,and I started to weave with a ribbon of 5 meters…then I sew more denim strips to make it long enough to finish the basket! The dimensions can change if you make a smaller or bigger basket!

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    This is such a lovely idea! We used your idea for making some Easter baskets out of a stack of old jeans, and our guests were very impressed. And my girls loved the idea to recycle old clothing this way. Thank you for sharing this inspiration!

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      Hi Marilyn, I'm so glad you liked this DIY. I would love to see your Easter baskets, you can share in the comments or send me a email, if you like too! Thanks.

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    Love all the shades of blue. Going to give it a try! Thanks!

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      Thnaks Nancy! Have fun crafting your basket!

  12. Anonymous
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    About how big is this basket?

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      Hello, the basket is about 11 inches diameter and 7 inches high.

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    I love this. BUT I have tried 3 times and just can't figure it out. I can't get the base to look right. Did you tie the 8 strips together in the center or tie the very long ribbon end around the 8 strips after laying in a sunburst pattern? ALSO with the even amount of ribbons over/under/over/under pattern doesn't work out right. SO confused

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      Hello Dione, To make the sunburst pattern (the bottom of the basket)I used 8 long ribbons. I used one of them to make a knot and to attach them all together in the center. Then you have to extend all the ribbons to make the sunburst shape. Take an other ribbon, make a knot to attach it with the center on the sunburst and start weaving. You have to tighten the fabric often during the first weaving loops. I hope this will help you!

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    I sure wish I could figure this weaving out. My Dad gave me a bunch of his old worn out jeans because I have a sewing machine and like to sew. I saw this basket you made and thought it would be cool to make him one or two and be able to give his jeans back to him but I just can't get the hang of starting the weave. I cut the strips out and I made one crazy long chain …maybe too long. I'll just keep trying. Those baskets are really cool though!

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      Hello Teckla, I hope you found the way to make your dad some baskets! Tell me if you need more explanation.

  15. Anonymous
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    I seem to be a bit lost. In the beginning attach the strips to make on long strip. Then I'm not clear on tie the knot. How. Thanks

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      You need to attach 8-9 strips together, with a knot in the center, to make the base of the basket. With an other strip (a very long one) you start breading your basket,passing the long strip once above and once under every strip how form the basket base.

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    So if I'm reading right,we should really measure the strips we lay out first to be as long or longer as the walls of our basket,because that's the length our walls will be,right?Then make the continuous length of fabric or at least very long to start the weaving,& then add on to this piece to keep making basket…have I understood this right?tyvm

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      Hello Angie, yes this correct. The length of the layered strip must been the length of the basket side + the radius of the basket bottom. Have fun making your basket!

  17. Nancy
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    Are we suppose to remove the bucket after the weaving or not?

    • amaryllis
      Author
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      Yes you have to remove it. The bucket is just a shape to help you to weave.

  18. Mellisa
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    I love this!! It took me three tries but I finally made my own. My only thing is it doesn’t keep its shape. Once I take it off the bucket, it goes flat. Did I do something wrong??

    • amaryllis
      Author
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      Hello Mellisa, maybe you didn’t you haven’t made the weaving tight enough … it’s maybe why the basket sag! I hope you will not have to start it again 😉

  19. Alison
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    I am confused, when i put the knot with all the bits for the starburst bit it looks like a giant octopus, this looks nothing like your pics in the tutorial

    • amaryllis
      Author
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      If you attach the 8 straps in the center you kind of have a 16 arms octopus….Then with one other long strap you start weaving the “octopus arms” one time above, one time below, starting from the center knot. I hope it makes sense for you 😉

  20. fiona
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    hi can you please explain the finishing off
    Im just not getting how to tie of the ends and what to do with the loose pieces
    Much appreciate it

    • amaryllis
      Author
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      Hello Fiona, sure. You grab one end and you make a knot with the one next to it, and so on until you tied the all basket edge. Once you are done knotting, your weaving is secure and won’t fall apart but the ends doesn’t look very nice. You can cut them a little but be sure to keep a lenght of 1 inch (2.5 cm) so you can fold each end into the basket and slide it inside the weaving. You can add a dot of fabric glue if you want, I didn’t and it hold perfectly.