How to Make Pants Into a Skirt

If you have an old pair of jeans or slacks that you want to repurpose, making them into a chic skirt is a good option. It only takes an afternoon and some rudimentary sewing skills to take those holey old jeans and make them into a skirt that you can wear every day. You can even use fabric that you already have so that it doesn't cost a penny.

Lay the trousers down onto a clean, flat working surface. Choose the length of the skirt by cutting the jeans horizontally, as if you were making jeans shorts.

Turn the trousers inside out, and use a seam ripper to rip the inseams of the trousers so that they are no longer attached.

Use the seam ripper to rip the seams down the outside edge of the trousers. The only thing still attached should be the waistband of the trousers, with four unattached panels.

Choose whether you want the skirt to be uniform with the same fabric in the panel, in which case you can cut the discarded pant legs to fit, or use a different swatch of fabric to sew in as the panel.

Measure and cut a panel to fit in the triangular area left vacant by the space between the pant legs. It should be slightly triangular in shape. Pin to the underside of the trousers to make sure that it fits with a 2-inch overlap on the inside of the trousers.

Turn the skirt inside out and use your sewing machine to stitch the panel to the inside of the centre section of the skirt. Repeat the process with the back of the skirt.

Trim away any excess fabric from the sides of the skirt. Measure for your size and stitch back together. You may find that you need to add panels to the side for it to fit you properly. If this is the case, cut two rectangular panels to sew in on the sides.

Turn your new skirt right side out, press and enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Pair of trousers
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric


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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.