Many women have old jeans that have ragged hems or holes in the knees or that have simply gone out of style. Instead of tossing these jeans, make them into a trendy denim skirt with a little flare. You need only an afternoon and minimal sewing skills. Flared and boot-cut jeans are especially good for making skirts because of the extra fabric, though you can modify straight leg and skinny jeans this way, too. Jeans with embroidery or other embellishments on the bottom make pretty skirts; use these panels to make your skirt flared and flirty.
Put your jeans on and decide how long you want your jean skirt to be. Make a mark with chalk at the length you want on both legs. Take the jeans off and cut both legs off just below your chalk marks. Set the leg bottoms aside.
Open the seams on the sides of the jeans to the centre of the front pockets using a seam ripper. This gives you plenty of room for flare and installing side panels. Use sharp scissors to cut out the inseams.
Lay the jeans out on a flat surface. Trim the opened side seams so that they are perfectly straight and even. Flip over the top part of the jeans so the seat is facing up.
Cut apart the jean leg bottoms at the seams so that you have four rectangular pieces of denim. Place one rectangle, right side up, under the V-shaped gap on the back of the top of the jeans. Turn the edges of the V-shaped gap under for a seam allowance and pin them with stick pins to the rectangular panel.
Trim away any excess of rectangular panel that sticks out beyond the edge of the jeans.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 on the front and side gaps in the jeans, using the remaining three rectangular panels. Stitch them into place using a sewing machine. Hem the bottom of your skirt or leave it raw.
Things you need
- Old jeans
- Seam ripper
- Stick pins
- Sewing machine