Repurposing Day 27: Make Your Own Skinny Jeans


I have a few old pairs of jeans lying around that are in good condition, but fit a bit awkwardly.  I decided to try to repurpose them into skinny jeans, just for fun! The end results aren’t too shabby, so I decided to share a tutorial! 
{Just as a warning, this is not the most “precise” tutorial. This is how I did it, I just kind of guessed my way through it. I’m sure there is a more professional way of doing this, but this is what worked for me!}
Here are my jeans before.  Gap jeans that are just a tad too short that I haven’t worn them in years.
The first step, is to put your jeans on inside out and pin , starting at the knee.  Just pin around your leg, making them as “skinny” as you like.  You can tweak it later.
Next, cut them, but don’t cut too close to the pins in case you pinned them a bit too small and need to make it larger later.
Now, sew along your pins. Don’t forget to backstitch and the beginning and end of your seam. (again, this is not very precise, I just eyeballed it all)
After you have sewn along the pins, try them on again right side out.  You will probably find a few areas that are a little funny. Turn them back inside out and re-pin any areas that need fixing.  For some reason, my left leg was much looser, so I had to re-pin and re-sew this area.
After you have tried them on again and are totally sure that they are how you want them, trim the excess fabric from the seam.
Now all you need to do is finish the seam so it doesn’t fray.  Set your machine to a zigzag stitch.
And zigzag the seam together.
And you are done! A “new” pair of jeans for free!  I love this project because I’m not convinced the skinny jean trend is here to stay and I don’t want to spend megabucks on a pair of jeans that will be outdated in a few years. 

{linked up with tatertots and jello}

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