How to Make a Skirt From Jeans in 4 Easy Steps

Pam Oduor
by Pam Oduor
5 Materials
10 Minutes

Hey, guys! I’ve got an old pair of my dad’s jeans, and I’m going to show you how to make a skirt from jeans. It’s a pretty easy and fun upcycle, and it’s a great project you can do with old jeans that don’t fit you anymore, an old pair that is just out of style, or something you just picked up from the secondhand store! So grab your old jeans or thrift a pair, and let’s get started on this tutorial on how to make a jeans skirt.

Tools and materials:

  • Old jeans
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic
  • Pins
jeans to skirt

1. Cut out the fabric

Measure 20 inches lengthwise, and cut through both layers of the jeans. After I finish cutting, this will give me four sides, ten inches wide each, that will total 40 inches, which is the measurement of my hips.

how to make a jeans skirt

Then, cut along the smaller seam on each piece, leaving the bigger seam intact. You can also use a seam ripper to undo them if you'd like, but I’m just going to use scissors.

how to make a skirt out of jeans

2. Sew each piece together

Place the pieces right sides facing and sew along the sides.

how to make a jeans skirt

3. Sew the hem

Roll the top down on all sides to get a smoother hem. Pin and sew it together, making sure to leave an allowance for elastic.

how to make a denim skirt out of old jeans

4. Insert the elastic

Push the elastic through the open space, and tie it together once it’s through. Then, finish sewing up the open space.

how to make a skirt from jeans

Here is the finished jeans to skirt transformation! What do you think?

How to Make a Skirt From Jeans Tutorial

You can dress this skirt in so many ways. I decided to pair it with this super cute statement belt, and it looks amazing! Now you know how to make a denim skirt out of old jeans, so let me know if you decide to try this tutorial out for yourself.

Suggested materials:
  • Old jeans
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
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3 of 5 comments
  • Debbie Cameron Debbie Cameron on Jul 12, 2022

    It looks really nice and I think I might give it a try. I might at least make one for my daughter. 😉

    • Pam Oduor Pam Oduor on Jul 14, 2022

      Thank youuuu 🙈... Yes please..make one for her 😃

  • Sissyc Sissyc on Jul 12, 2022


    but I found the tutorial a little hard to follow

    especially for those that don’t sew

    netter closeup of cutting and sewing what to what

    nice finished product though