How to Turn Pants Into a Skirt: Easy DIY Corduroy Skirt Tutorial

Sewphilia Studio
by Sewphilia Studio
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Today, we’re doing another transformation tutorial and I’ll be showing you how to make a skirt from pants.

I’ve had a pair of corduroy pants since 2016 and I haven’t worn them before as I don’t like the trumpet legs or the loose-fitting.

I saw someone wearing a corduroy skirt and I immediately thought of making a DIY corduroy skirt. It’s super easy to transform and I love to wear it.

If you also want to know how to make a skirt out of pants, keep reading, and let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Old jeans
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing materials
  • Fabric pins
Cutting the length of the skirt

1. Cut at the desired length

Fold the pants in half, making sure the hems are aligned. Then, cut at the desired length. I cut mine at knee level because I’ll need some fabric for allowance to hem the bottom of the skirt.

Seam ripping the side seams

2. Use seam rippers to open the side seams

Next, open up the pants from the inseam, using a seam ripper. Don’t cut it open with scissors, because you need the pants’ seam to make it easy to glue down and if you’re sewing, you need to follow the previous stitches.

Cutting the crotch seam

3. Cut the crotch seam

Turn the pants inside out and flip over to the back. 

Cutting open the crotch seam

There, cut open the crotch seam about five inches upwards, or just until the point where you can overlap the sides and it lays down flat like so.

Cutting the bottom part of the pant legs

4. Cut the bottom part of a pant leg into two

Take one of the bottom parts of the leg that you cut off, and cut it open from both the inseam and the outer seam. Just cut it into two pieces.

Placing fabric under the skirt opening

5. Place the fabric under the skirt opening

Place one side of the fabric under the opening at the front to cover it up. Adjust it properly and smooth out the folds. This will fill in the space to give the skirt more room and it’ll be tight when you’re working.

Gluing the seams down

6. Glue the seams down

Apply fabric glue at the edge of the seams. 

Folding and pressing the seams

Fold them in and press them down.

How to make a skirt out of pants

7. Repeat Step 6 on the back

Flip the skirt over and repeat step 6 on the back. Place the fabric on the opening and glue down the seams, ensuring everything lays flat.

Trimming the excess fabric

8. Cut off excess fabric

Once you’re done applying the glue and tucking in the seams, cut off the excess at the bottom of the skirt.

Pinning and sewing the DIY skirt

9. Pin and sew

The fabric glue I’m using requires 24 hours to fully dry and achieve its maximum strength, but I wanted to wear the skirt immediately, so I secured the skirt by pinning and sewing in the same manner as I glued it down.

Cutting off the excess fabric insider the skirt

10. Cut off excess fabric

When you’re done sewing, cut off the excess fabric inside the skirt.

Hemming the DIY skirt

11. Hem

Put the skirt on, and if you’re satisfied with the length, you can hem the bottom of the skirt by folding twice and sewing it with a straight stitch.

DIY corduroy skirt

DIY corduroy skirt tutorial

That’s it! That’s a very simple way how to make pants into a skirt. If you have an old pair of jeans or pants that you don’t wear a lot, you can transform them into a skirt and save some money, and It’s good for the environment!

Let me know what you guys think about this fun eco-friendly fashion look in the comments down below.

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Suggested materials:
  • Old jeans
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
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