Recycled Denim Foot Pouf

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We have recently had the builders in, lets just say I am delighted they came, and then went!!!

Use up old denim to create a robust foot pouf

The tot now has a double bedroom and his toys are now in his room, hurray for an adult space in the front room in the evenings!

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We are rather partial to foot puffs for sitting on, leaning against whilst sitting on the floor playing trains/cars/tower building – you get the picture. So I was delighted to pick up a new to us foot puff in the local fantastic charity shop – just required a new cover and few extra polystyrene beads. Perfect for his new room:)

I happened to have rather  a large stash of jeans from maternity leave days, a perfect blue colour, and hard wearing for a boys bedroom.  Five pairs of jeans, plus two denim skirts later and I have a new foot pouf:)


I had a debate about sharing what not to do, or a step by step how to – this feels somewhat more positive attitude to take! Tips for recovering your own foot pouf (or should I say learn from my mistakes!).

Denim squares

  • Measure and make a template for one side. I used old newspaper.

Denim Squares template

  • Cut out fabric and pin together to create six different squares. Ensure your pinned square are bigger than your template to allow seam allowance all round.

 Denim foot Pouff

DIY Denim Foot Pouf

  • Create six different squares by including different tones of denim, pockets, and different seams.

Denim Foot Pouf Tutorial

  • Sew your applique style squares, and trim to square shape (with seam allowance).

  • Lay them all out as you would to make a box out of paper, not as I did in a grid format!
  • Sew four pieces to together, in a line.
  • Add your bottom, and sew all seams from your bottom and sides.
  • Next attach your lid along one side.
  • Hand stitch your lid on.

Recycled Denim Foot Pouf

One finished recycled upcycle denim foot pouf:)

What are you making with the remainder of your denim?  Check out my denim pinterest board for more ideas:)

As usual I will be stopping by Handmade Harbour to see what others have been making this week. Trusting you have a creative week,


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  1. August 11, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    I know exactly how you feel about the builders – lovely to see the back of them!! I bet your son loves his new room and his new foot poof 🙂 Simmi x

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:07 pm

      Trusting you are seeing the back of you builders too Simmi:) Vicky x

  2. August 11, 2013 / 8:37 pm

    What a great use for old jeans. I’m sure your son loves him room, I am always trying to keep my daughter’s toys out of the front room once she’s gone to bed – but I’ve never succeeded for more than a few nights at a time!

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:08 pm

      It’s hard work, but I guess the plastic toy stage doesn’t last that long – I will miss having a toddler in the house when the time comes!

  3. August 11, 2013 / 10:29 pm

    Fantastic idea, and looks marvelous 🙂 i love the multi – toned denim look x

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:09 pm

      Cheers:) Gaining multi tonal affect was harder than I realised – turns out I buy jeans the same colour!!

  4. August 12, 2013 / 6:19 am

    What a lovely foot puff, perfect for a boys room. I’m making a denim throw for my son’s room, but it’s still not quite big enough. They need to wear out some more jeans so I can cut them up. Have a lovely holiday

  5. August 12, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    Great use for old jeans xx

  6. Handbagsbyhelen
    August 12, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    Great idea

  7. August 12, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    This looks like a great idea for recycling. I think it is fun that you left the pockets on so the tot can store his treasures.

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:12 pm

      Hoping he chooses to store books, and not bumpy cars, for an unsuspecting moment when leaning back!!

  8. freespiritdesigns
    August 12, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    this is such a fab idea! i love the look of denim and its so hard wearing, perfect for something like a puff that gets so much use, i’m tempted to have a go at one myself! x

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:11 pm

      Go for it:) Just bear in mind the rather large quantity of denim you will need! Great for stash busting:) Vicky x

  9. August 14, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    What a great way to use up those old denim jeans. Love that you’ve left the pockets on, just right for little treasures.

    • August 16, 2013 / 3:52 pm

      It’s what he will keep that concerns me – have been known to find a pile of stones in his clothes draw!!!

  10. August 16, 2013 / 2:43 am

    Great idea! Will give this a try for my 101 ways to recycle jeans. Found via Marigolds..

  11. August 16, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    Cheers, and thanks for sharing how you found my blog:) Hope you enjoy making:) Of course you could add a zip closure in, personally I couldn’t face polystyrene balls all over the house, or the tot being able to zip open the cover!!! Vicky

  12. August 16, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    So cool! My daughter would love this. Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me party!

  13. August 17, 2013 / 9:18 am

    A great way to reuse pre-loved denim, Vicky!

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    • tia
      July 24, 2015 / 12:14 am

      any chance of this in a .PDF format?

  16. Joy Murphy
    February 18, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    I love your use of old jeans.What size is the square you made? It looks like great size. I want to try to make one. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Kathy
    August 16, 2015 / 3:53 am

    You could add different colors by using recycled khakis, camo pants, colored twill pants, corduroys, etc.
    It could be a “crazy quilt” sort of thing. Nice project!

    • Vicky
      August 16, 2015 / 6:39 am

      I love the idea of mixing the fabrics and colours:)

  18. November 13, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    So nice idea! My children will love this. As a professional I meet people’s waste every day, but I myself am trying to wast as less as possible. Recycling old denim pants this way is so clever. Thank you for the inspiration! Greets, Lily from 🙂

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