Turn a Regular Pair of Jeans Into Stylish DIY High-Waisted Jeans

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I thrifted the most gorgeous pairs of jeans! The only problem was that they were low rise which I normally wouldn’t wear. I let my creative juices flow and managed to use another pair of jeans to transform the jeans into perfect high-waisted pairs. If you want to learn the ins and outs of this awesome fashion DIY, my tutorial is for you! Follow my simple, step-by-step guide and learn how to transform any pair of low rise jeans into a super trendy high-waisted pair.

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Hook and eye
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic
How to make high-waisted jeans

I thrifted these awesome bell jeans but low rise just isn’t the right style for me.

Get a second pair

For this fashion DIY project, I used a second pair of jeans, that don’t even button up on me, to help. 

Cut off the legs
Cut the jeans

I started by cutting off the top of the jeans that were too small for me. I cut to just above the crotch. 

Pin the two pieces
Measure and pin the pairs

I tried on the cut piece and placed it higher on my waist so that it fit perfectly and could be buttoned up. I then put my cute bell jeans on over the other piece and pinned along the cut piece where it met the waistline of my bell jeans. 

Mark the jeans

I took off the jeans and measured and marked where I had pinned earlier. 

Cut off the bottom of the zipper flap

Once I had taken all the measurements and marked the two pieces, I removed the back pockets from the cut piece and also cut off the excess fabric from the bottom. I made sure to remove the bottom of the crotch, zipper flap as well. 

Stitch the raw edges

I then hopped on over to my sewing machine and stitched along the raw edges of the fabric so that it wouldn’t fray. 

Sew the jeans together

Finally, I could pin the jeans and the cut piece together. I sewed along my pinned markings and couldn’t wait to try this fabulous high-waisted pair on. 

Add a hook and eye
Add a hook and eye

Lastly, I added a hook to the top piece so that I could close the jeans without the top zipper. 

DIY high-waisted jeans

I am so in love with this awesome pair of high-waisted jeans! 

Use jeans you love

For this next high-waisted transformation I started off with a trendy pair of wide-legged, bell-bottom jeans. Once again they were a low-rise pair so I knew I needed to transform them a little. 

Thrift a second pair

 To help me out, I thrifted this pair of jeans which were just a little too small for me. 

Remove the pockets
Cut the jeans

I cut off the jeans, just above the crotch, and removed the back pockets as well. 

Try both pairs on
Measure and mark the jeans

I tried on the two pieces so that I could see exactly how I would need to sew them to get the perfect high-waisted fit. 

Mark the cut pair

It was time to measure and mark the cut pair so that I could sew the jeans perfectly onto this piece. 

Keep the waistband intact

I cut the piece where I had marked it and I also cut out the whole front except for the waistband. This will totally make the new pair incredibly stylish!

Sew the two pieces together
Sew the jeans

I moved to the sewing machine to sew the two pieces together and create my new and improved pair. 

Easy high-waisted jeans

I totally adore this awesome high-waisted look. It is so different and fashion-forward! 

Cut the legs off
Cut the jeans

For this third DIY, I combined two pairs of jeans to create the most amazing paper bag pair. I started by cutting the one pair of jeans just above the crotch and removed the back pockets as well. 

Measure the elastic
Measure the elastic

I tried the two pairs on and pinned them in place. This time the cut piece was of course too big on my waist which would create the amazing paper bag effect later. I measured an elastic band around my waist to get the perfect fit for my new pair. 

Cut off the bottoms of the pockets
Attach the elastic

I trimmed the excess fabric off the bottom of the cut piece and sewed along the center of the pocket. Once I had stitched, I cut the bottom of the pockets off. 

Pin on the elastic

Next, I opened up the piece and pinned the elastic just below the waistband. Once all the pins were in place, I sewed on the elastic.

Align the two pairs
Sew the two pairs together

Before I could sew the two pieces together, I made sure that the buttonhole of the full pair was fully aligned with the top piece. 

Sew along the pinned line

Finally, I could sew the two pieces together. I couldn’t wait to see the end result and try on this paper bag pair!

Add a hook

I, of course, added a hook to the top part of my new jeans since I could no longer use that zipper. 

Cut the side seam
Add a tie

Using the legs of the cut pair of jeans, I snipped off the side seam so that I could use the firmer fabric for my stunning new pair. 

Tie a bow

I used the cut strip to create the tie for my new paper bag pants. 

Make high-waisted jeans

I am totally obsessed with this paper bag pair! Which refashioned jeans do you like best? Let me know in the comments below! 

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