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Upcycle Your Old Jeans into Trendy Denim Belts with Pockets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: Jun 21, 2023


Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Denim jeans are a staple in everyone's wardrobe. They are versatile, comfortable, and durable, making them a go-to for daily wear. However, jeans can show signs of wear and tear over time. So instead of throwing them away, why not upcycle them into something new and stylish? In this blog post, I'll show two ways to create trendy denim belts with pockets by upcycling your old jeans. You can wear this as a fashion accessory or functional fanny pack.


Watch the video, or read on below.




Simple belt tutorial

This belt is the fastest and easiest one to make. Cut out the pockets with a seam allowance at the top, and sew them to the detached waistband.


Here's an overview of the project


Materials

One pair of jeans


Tools

Sewing machine

Scissors

Thread


Time

15 minutes


Skill level

Beginner. If all you can do is sew a straight line, you can easily make this belt.


Step 1: Remove the belt tabs and waistband

Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Pick apart the belt tab stitches with a seam ripper.


Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Cut off the waistband along the bottom edge.


Step 2: Cut out the pockets

Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Cut out the pocket along the side and bottom edge. Next, cut out the top of the pocket 1/2" from the edge. This will serve as our seam allowance.


Step 3: Sew pockets to the waistband

Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

With right sides together, align the top of the pocket to the top of the waistband. Then, sew along the top edge of the band.


Step 4: Tack the sides of the pockets to the waistband

Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Tack down the sides of the pocket to prevent the pockets from flopping around.


Let's admire this belt one more time . . .


Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

On to the next belt.


Fringe belt tutorial


Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

This dramatic belt has fringe on the front and back. I love the boho vibes this belt throws off. And the fringe sways beautifully.



Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

The back is just as cool as the front.


Here's an overview of the project:


Step 1: Remove the belt tabs and waistband

Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Pick off the belt tabs with a seam ripper and cut off the waistband.


Step 2: Cut out the pockets

Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Cut along the sides of the pocket and include a 5" long panel of fabric on the bottom of the pocket. Include a 1/2" seam allowance at the top of the pocket.


Step 3: Cut fringe on the pockets

Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Cut 3/8" fringe on the bottom panel of the pockets


Step 4: Cut larger fringe panels

Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Cut 12" long panels from the legs. Mark a 1/2" seam allowance at the top of the panel. Cut 3/8" fringe up to the seam allowance. For my belt, I made two of these larger panels.


Step 5: Lay out the fringe and pockets

Upcycle jeans into a belt with denim pockets

Lay out the fringe and pockets to match the length of your waistband. I overlapped the pockets with the fringe 2".


Step 6: Sew the waistband

Lay the waistband over the fringe seam allowance. Sew along the bottom edge of the band.


Let's take a close-up look at this belt, shall we?


Upcycling your old jeans into stylish denim belts with pockets is a great way to refashion your old clothing. With basic sewing skills, you can create a trendy and functional accessory that will complement any outfit. So next time you're cleaning out your closet, don't throw away those old jeans – turn them into something new and fashionable!






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