New life for old jeans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News Brief -

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.

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