How to Make a Jeans Skirt

This weekend, I decided to transform an old pair of jeans into this cute, flippy skirt.

Say hi to Spike, our guard tortoise. Usually, he hangs out in the back, but it’s too cold for him right now.

Here’s how I did it.

Step One – Choose Jeans and Fabric
The pants I chose for this project weren’t in terrible shape, but they were getting too annoying to wear. I’m ok with holes in the knees, but these were a little ridiculous.

Prepare to be reborn.

I also chose a woven celestial fabric that I had hanging around. If you’d like a different drape, you can use a different type of fabric.

Step Two-Prepare the Jeans and Fabric
When sewing, always iron the fabric beforehand. It’s so much easier to work with wrinkle-free fabric.

As for the jeans, I just cut them off at the knee. They’d work nicely as cut-off shorts, too.

Color turned out odd in that shot. Anyway.

Once that’s done, turn them inside out, and remove the inner seam with your handy-dandy seam ripper.

Be aware that the back of the jeans will actually be a bit longer than the front, because of how the seat was formed in the original garment. If you’d like, you can fix that just before hemming the skirt.

If you’d like side panels, mark approximately where you’d like them to start with some chalk or a tailor’s pencil.

Just like with the inseam, remove the stitches from the outer seams with your seam ripper up to the mark.

I inadvertently went a bit past my marks. That’s ok.

Step Three-Get Feline Approval of Cutting/Sewing Surface (Optional)
Since I’d unfolded my sewing cabinet, my feline friend decided to scout it out to make sure it’s safe for use as soon as I’d turned away.

I think he approves.

Step Four – Trace the Pieces
I’ve seen some people first trace their panel shapes onto paper bags first, but since I like living life dangerously, I just traced them directly onto the wrong side of the fabric. You’ll need one for the front, one for the back, and two for the sides.

The way I did it was to first lay the butchered jeans on the fabric and trace along the places they’ll be sewn in.

Then, I outlined that shape with a healthy seam allowance. Remember, having too much fabric is always better than not having enough.

Because I’m easily confused, I labeled them “F” and “B”.

For the sides, I folded the fabric, drew the shapes in the same way I did the front and back, then just cut once.

Step Five – Pin in Place
Next, you just pin the panels in place. I lined the edges up as best I could, because it’s easier to follow one clear edge when sewing instead of trying to guess where the shorter edge should go on the seam guide.

Step Six – Sew
I just used a simple straight stitch, though you could use zig-zag, if you’d like some extra stability. The straight stitch should hold alright, though. If it doesn’t, it’s not like I can’t mend it, right?

It’s taking shape!

Step Seven – Iron and Trim
Press the seams open, and while you’re at it, trim the fabric, so it’s flush with the denim, if you have a lot of excess. You can always use the scraps for stuffing or future crafts.

Step Eight – Seam
Seaming is a pretty simple process. First, fold the fabric over by about a quarter inch, and pin in place.


Once you’ve made it all the way around, fold the fabric over again, so you’ll have a smooth edge at both the top and the bottom.

All that’s left is to sew along the folded edges and press them flat with the iron. This will give the final garment a clean, finished look.

Now, you’re ready to rock your awesome new skirt!

This project only took me about two to three hours to complete, and doesn’t require very advanced sewing skills.

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