Wednesday, August 19, 2015

How to Make a DIY Skirt Out of Jeans

How to make a DIY skirt out of recycled jeans sewing tutorial

Have you ever wondered how to Refashion a pair of Jeans into a Jean Skirt?

This step-by-step tutorial will show you exactly how to make an adorable jean skirt for girls or ladies of any age or size from a pair of denim pants.

Forget Tommy Hilfiger, LL Bean, Saks Fifth Avenue (or any other designer or retailer selling similar skirts this season!) - you can make this one for just a fraction of the price.

Of course, if you already have a pair of jeans on hand that will work, you can do it for free!


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Step 1: You need to remove the inside seam of the jeans, from one side to the other side. 

Use a seam ripper for this step. (This is the step that takes the longest...promise!)

Your pants should look similar to this when finished ripping out the inside seam.

Step 2: Next, I fold the pant legs up to an inch or so above the crotch area. 

After measuring to make sure each leg is folded at the same length, I use my fabric scissors to cut off each leg at the fold.

Step 3: Next, I turn the pants over to the backside and use the seam ripper to make the seam on the backside higher, so the jean material will fold over easier and not make a lump when the skirt is complete. 

This step is really important. Make sure that you have ripped the seam out at least 3 inches.

Step 4: Now you are ready to use the extra fabric (that you cut off from the legs) and insert between the legs, which turns it into a 'skirt'. 

I usually 'eye' this part. 

I place the fabric into position and pin it down. 

When pinning the back, make sure that back seam is pinned down as well, so you don't have a 'whale-tail'.

Step 5: Insert another denim piece into the front and pin down. 

Step 6: After getting the front and back of skirt pieced together and pinned, it is time to sew. 

Remove all pins from skirt and use your fabric scissors to cut the excess material out. 

Trim any threads or imperfections that may bother you. 

I personally like a raw edge for my denim skirts, so I do not fold over and sew a folded hem. 

I only sew around the raw edge, so it does not fray too much. 

And have refashioned that pair of jeans into a jean skirt!

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and you are inspired to refashion a pair of your pants into an adorable skirt!

About the Author:

Hi friends! I am Abigail. Wife. Mom. DIY'er, Crafter. Educator. Lover of sparkly things. You can find me cookin', craftin', and makin' things on my lifestyle blog, Lovin' Our Chaos. Or find me sharing ideas for Kindergartners and teachers at Kindergarten Chaos. Live life and enjoy the chaos! You can also find me on Twitter, FB, Instagram.
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  1. Gostei da calça que virou saia, jóia.

  2. My mother said my grandmother made these during the depression from grandpa's jeans that got worn out at the knees or torn at the bottom. Basically if they were unsafe for him to wear while working on the farm. I bet they saw a lot of wear before she got a hold of them. Nothing went to waste.

  3. oh wow! Great idea and tutorial! I love this! Just learning how to sew and this looks like good I might be able to do on my own, your photographs very helpful to make this project. thank you so much for sharing.

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