New life for old jeans
TURN old jeans into a new skirt by Tracey Rutterford, a tutor at Peterborough Peterborough College of Adult Education. You will need: An old pair of jeans Sturdy thread (upholstery thread or embroidery thread works well) A needle or sewing machine Sewing pins Scissors A seam ripper Clear a work surface and lay out your jeans. Cut off the legs at the desired length for your skirt. Then, set the legs aside. Be sure to include a little extra length for a seam when choosing your skirt length.
Turn the jeans inside out and use a seam ripper to rip out the inseam (the front seam all the way up to the fly zip). Then, repeat with the back seam, going up the same distance. Your jeans should now lay flat.
Turn the jeans the right side out again, and use fabric from the left over legs to fill in the wedge-shaped gap at the centre of the skirt (both front and back). Pin it in place.
Now you can stitch the centre fabric in place. Use a contrasting colour thread if you want your stitches to show. Use a complimentary colour thread if you want to hide your stitches.
Hem the bottom of the skirt to tidy it up, and your new creation is ready to wear!
For a fun look, cut a wedge out of each side seam, and stitch an additional fabric panel in each one. The possibilities are endless.