Turn Thrifted Jeans Into THIS

Jessica Shaw
by Jessica Shaw

Upcycling jeans into a denim mini skirt is an easy transformation. You could use a skirt you have as a template, or do it the quick and dirty way, as I did.

Let’s do it!

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Tools and materials:

  • Thrifted jeans
  • Fabric marker
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
Thrifting jeans

1. Choose your jeans

There’s usually a good choice in the thrift store. Choose a pair that fit you on the waist and hips with straight or boot cut legs.

Cutting the jeans

2. Cut them to length

Lay the jeans flat and line up the side seams.

Measure the length you want and use a ruler to draw a straight cutting line.

Cut straight through both layers.

Cutting the jeans

3. Inner leg seams

Cut open both inner leg seams up to the crotch.

Inner leg seams

4. Shape the back and front

Fold the jeans lengthways so the side seams are together.

Use a ruler to extend the center back seam towards the lower edge in a slightly diagonal or curved direction.

Inner leg seams

Cut off the excess.

Cutting off the excess

Trim the center front in a straight line. There will be less excess fabric on this side.

Where to sew

5. Sew

Sew the new seams with the right sides facing.

If you can, replicate the double top stitching of the existing center back seam. This will give extra strength to the seam and make your alteration less noticeable.

Make a standard seam at the center front.

Upcycling jeans into a DIY mini skirt

Upcycling jeans into a DIY mini skirt

Leave the hem to fray naturally.

Your thrifted jeans have become a trendy denim mini skirt for summer.

Have fun wearing it!

Drop me a comment and let me know what you think. Then, check out this Easy Hack to Create a Bag From an Old T-shirt.

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