Super Easy Upcycle: How to DIY Comfy Pants From an Old Maxi Skirt

Quiana Unique
by Quiana Unique
5 Materials
30 Minutes

Do you have a maxi skirt that you’re pretty much done with? How about upcycling that skirt into something you will wear?

Follow along with this tutorial, and I’ll show you how to make DIY wide-leg pants out of your old maxi skirt.

This is as simple a project as you might ever see, and you’ll end up with the comfiest pants!

Tools and materials:

  • Old maxi skirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Cutting the skirt

1. Cut your skirt

The side seams of your maxi skirt will become the center front and back of your wide-leg pants.

Trying on pants

Turn your skirt inside-out and cut the side seams open from the bottom up, until you reach the point where you want the crotch of your pants to be.

Try on the almost-done pants to make sure you’ve got the crotch fitting as you want it.

Sewing inseams

2. Sew your inseams

Keep your fabric inside-out, and pin each of the pant legs along the inseam.

Make sure you’re keeping the edges aligned and fabric nice and smooth.


Now, sew that inseam in a single row, going up one leg from the bottom to the crotch and then back down the other leg. 

Use a zigzag stitch for this seam, and, if your fabric is a bit stretchy, make sure you’re not pulling or stretching it as you sew.

Take your time and let the machine guide the fabric through. If you stretch it, the pant leg inseam will bunch up and appear wavy instead of straight.

Completed DIY pants from a maxi skirt

Honestly, that’s all there is to it! A couple of snips and one seam, and you’ve got DIY pants that are so comfortable.

DIY pants

I’m probably going to wear my new wide-leg pants with some flat shoes around the house.

But, depending on the maxi skirt you decide to upcycle, your DIY stretchy pants might be fancier than mine!

I hope you give these comfy pants a try and leave a comment to let me know how you like them.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, check out my post on How to Tie Dye a Shirt with Bleach.

Suggested materials:
  • Old maxi skirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
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