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Jean Pots

Upcycle / Recycle / Remake – give old jeans a new life.

Have you turned your fav jeans into cut off shorts or made the body into a bag? Here’s a great project to re-use the legs of those denim jeans .

What you’ll need:

  • Old jean legs
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle and thread or Sewing machine

To start decide on the height of your finished pot. Take into account the flat base you require and a 1.5cm seam allowance.

If you still have the hem of your jean leg you can use this as the top of your pot, otherwise you will need to add another 4cm for a top hem.

I cut the sample approx. 30cm long

SEW together what will be the bottom end of your pot with a 1.5cm seam allowance. (Backstitch/reverse every time unless otherwise instructed)

The size of the pot will be determined by the width of the leg you’ve chosen.

Make a FLAT BASE by taking a cross section of the bottom seam you just made. Measure from the point of the triangle in and SEW straight across edge to edge. (To get a square base divide the width of the pot by 4 and this will be how far to measure in from the point)

REPEAT on the other corner. This should give your pot the flat square base we are looking for.


Keeping the original hem will mean you have a professional looking top edge which you can turn down for interest.

It’s easy to make these pots reversible with a nice printed fabric lining. I used this Michael Miller Print Just right triangles’ (get free delivery on this fabric with code FRECKLES at checkout)

Here’s how to line your pot:

To make a pattern for the lining, measure the original denim pot dimensions add 1.5cm seam allowance and CUT 2 pieces of fabric.

SEW 1.5cm seam allowance around the sides and base, leaving the top edge open.

Repeat the flat base technique from above with the lining fabric.

TURN your lining pot the right way out and pre fold the top edge down by 0.5cm

TURN your denim pot the wrong way out and insert you into the lining pot and PIN along top edge.

TOP STITCH along top edge joining lining to outer, consider 2 rows of stitching or using a twin needle for a nice finish.

TURN your finished pot the right way out and turn down the top edge to reveal your lovely lining.

Now what will you put in your lovely new pot?? Oh also you have to promise me that if you totally loved this project, you won’t go stealing other peoples jeans, just to cut the legs off it’s only going to end in tears, maybe go to a charity shop and donate to a good cause!

A good friend has been asking for me to share this project for a couple of years now so this ones for you Sophie.

Thanks so much for reading to the end share your makes with me #frecklesmakes

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