Give new life to a pair of old jeans by making them into cute capri pants. Jeans can develop holes, or you may decide that the bell-bottomed look isn't for you anymore. Instead of the throwing the jeans away and spending money on something new, recycle the old jeans. Making capri pants is something beginning and advanced crafters alike can accomplish.
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Things you need
- Fabric chalk
- Measuring tape
- Heat-resistant fabric pins
- Sewing machine
- Ironing board
Decide how short you want the capri pants to be. Use fabric chalk to mark where you want the trousers to end, next to the seam on the outer part of the pant leg.
Measure the hem. Capri hems are typically about 2 inches. To make a 2-inch hem for your trousers, measure and mark 2.5-inches down from where you made the first chalk mark that indicated where you wanted the trousers to end.
Fold the trousers so the seams on the inner and outer parts of the pant legs meet. Folding them this way ensures that your cut is straight.
Lay the folded trousers on table.
Using the chalk, draw a line on the jeans where you want to cut the trousers.
Make sure your line is straight by using the measuring tape. Place the end of the measuring tape at the bottom left-side end of the jeans, and record the distance from the bottom of the trousers to the chalk line. Measure the right side of the jeans to ensure the distance is the same. Make any necessary adjustments.
Cut the trousers at the line you drew.
Turn the trousers inside out. Fold the bottom of the trousers ½-inch up to create a small cuff, and pin.
Iron the folded fabric to create a crease. Remove the pins.
Fold the trousers in again (2 inches up) so the initial chalk mark is at the bottom of the fold; pin the fabric in place. This fold creates the hem of the trousers.
Iron the new fold. This is will help stabilise the fabric as you sew. Do not remove the pins.
Secure the top and bottom of each hem by sewing it to the trousers. Sew the hem 1/8 inch from the top and bottom, and remove the pins
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