How to Make a Denim Skirt Out of Men's Jeans

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How to Make a Denim Skirt Out of Men's Jeans
Recycle those jeans into a modern, hip skirt. (denim background image by Adam Borkowski from

Since the 1960s, making a denim skirt out of men's jeans has been a way to recycle jeans into a wearable garment. Using jeans allows you to make the skirt long or short, without having to purchase any additional material. To keep alterations to a minimum, choose men's jeans that have a waist size close to your own.

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Things you need

  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Heavy-duty thread

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  1. 1

    Hold the jeans up to your body and make a chalk mark on the legs of the jeans to determine the length you want the skirt. Allow an extra inch for the hem of the skirt.

  2. 2

    Cut the jeans off evenly at the chalk marks. Set the cut-off legs to the side.

  3. 3

    Use the seam ripper to remove the seam stitching from the entire inside legs and crotch of the jeans. Remove the stitching up to the zipper on the front and the yoke on the back of the jeans.

  4. 4

    Turn the jeans inside out and lay the jeans flat on your work surface. You will see triangular areas where the opened legs do not meet.

  5. 5

    Cut pieces from the removed legs to fit the open space. Pin the pieces into place.

  6. 6

    Sew the inserted pieces in place using heavy-duty thread. Remove the straight pins.

  7. 7

    Turn up the lower edge of the skirt 1 inch and pin in place.

  8. 8

    Sew the hem of the skirt and remove the pins.

  9. 9

    Flip the skirt right side out. The skirt is now ready to wear.

Tips and warnings

  • You can add rivets, studs or contrasting thread colours to make you skirt a distinctive fashion statement.
  • If you are making several of these, you can mix and match the triangular insets using legs from different jeans.
  • Shop thrift stores and garage sales to find men's jeans that are close in size.

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