How to Turn Old Jeans into a Skirt

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Turn Old Jeans into a Skirt: What You'll Need

Skirt made from an old pair of jeans
Skirt made from an old pair of jeans. Erin Huffstetler

No need to let a hole in your favorite jeans get you down. This quick and easy project will show you how to recycle them into a stylish new skirt.

You Will Need:

  • An old pair of jeans
  • Sturdy thread (upolstery thread or embroidery thread works well)
  • A needle or sewing machine
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • A seam ripper

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Cut the Legs Off of Your Jeans

Cut off the legs of your jeans
Cut off the legs of your jeans. Erin Huffstetler

Lay your jeans out on your work surface, and cut off the legs at the desired length for your skirt. Then, set the legs aside.

Note: Be sure to include a seam allowance when choosing your skirt length.

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Rip Out the Inseam

Rip the inseam
Rip the inseam. Erin Huffstetler

Flip the pants inside out, and use a seam ripper to rip out the inseam.

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Rip Out the Front and Back Seam

Rip the front and back seam
Rip the front and back seam. Erin Huffstetler

Rip the front seam all the way up to the zipper. Then, repeat with the back seam, going up the same distance. Your pants should now lay flat.

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Pin Together

Use fabric from the pants legs to fill in the void at the center of the skirt
Use fabric from the pants legs to fill in the void at the center of the skirt. Erin Huffstetler

Flip the pants right side out again, and use fabric from the leftover pants legs to fill in the wedge-shaped void at the center of the skirt, both front and back. Pin in place.

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Stitch the Center Fabric in Place

Stitch the center fabric in place
Stitch the center fabric in place. Erin Huffstetler

Now, stitch the center fabric in place. Use a contrasting color thread if you want your stitches to show. Use a complimentary color thread if you want to hide your stitches.

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Hem the Skirt

Hem the skirt
Hem the skirt. Erin Huffstetler

Hem the bottom of the skirt, and your new creation is ready to wear!

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Make Old Jeans into a Skirt - Tips

Finished Skirt
Finished Skirt. Erin Huffstetler

For a fun look, cut a wedge out of each side seam, and stitch an additional fabric panel in each one, or turn a pair of worn out twill pants into a new khaki skirt. The possibilities are endless!