Transform a Pair of Old Jeans Into an Amazing Denim Skirt

6 materials
$10
2 Hours
Easy

On the lookout for your next fashion upcycle? The search is finally over! Follow my tutorial and learn the ins and outs of this awesome jeans transformation. In my tutorial below, I show you how I took an old pair of jeans I had sitting in my closet and totally refashioned them into an absolute stunner of a denim skirt. My new skirt has become a favorite and is perfect for the summer! If you want to get started on DIYing your own refashioned denim skirt, this simple and easy step-by-step guide is just what you need!

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Skirt
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
denim skirt from jeans, Denim skirt made from old jeans
Denim skirt made from old jeans

Cut the jeans

To kick off this awesome upcycle, I laid down a pair of jeans and used a skirt, I had, as a pattern. I decided to add a few extra inches to the bottom of the skirt and I cut along one leg. 

denim skirt from jeans, DIY denim skirt
DIY denim skirt

I then folded the jeans over and used the cut piece and a guide to cut the other leg. I was careful to cut as straight as possible! 

denim skirt from jeans, Denim skirt from old jeans
Denim skirt from old jeans

Seam rip

I then opened up the inner seams of the jeans. In this step, a seam ripper or scissors will do perfectly. 

denim skirt from jeans, How to make a skirt from jeans
How to make a skirt from jeans


Next, I seam ripped the crotch seam on the front and the back. This can take a bit of time but it’s totally worth it! Opening up the crotch seams will ensure that the skirt lies flat and won’t have any bumps. 

denim skirt from jeans, Cut the leg
Cut the leg

Fill in the gap at the back

I then took one of the legs I had cut off, from the jeans, and seam ripped the side seam. I used the extra piece of fabric from the leg to fill in the gap at the back of the skirt. I first tried on the skirt to make sure it fit and checked to see whether the front also had a gap. The front of my new skirt overlapped perfectly so I only needed to add fabric to the back.

denim skirt from jeans, Pin the fabric
Pin the fabric


I pinned the flaps of the back to the extra fabric making them lie as flat as possible. I folded the edges of the flaps before pinning them for a nice clean finish. I then cut off the excess fabric and left the bottom raw. A great tip is to make adjustments before you sew. I always like to try my pieces on and double check that they fit properly. 

denim skirt from jeans, How to make a denim skirt from jeans
How to make a denim skirt from jeans


Once I had fiddled a little more with the back of my skirt to get the perfect fit, I hopped on over to my sewing machine and sewed along all of my pinned lines. I made two lines of stitches so that it would match the rest of the skirt. 

denim skirt from jeans, DIY denim skirt from jeans
DIY denim skirt from jeans

I absolutely adore this white denim, summer skirt! How would you style this piece? Let me know in the comments below! 


Suggested materials:

  • Jeans
  • Skirt
  • Seam ripper
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