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I love jeans, ruffles, and pencil skirts & I have to wear them all together.
The pants I used were an old pair of my husband's jeans. I did a complete overhaul on them so they would fit me. So, for the sake of time, this tutorial is just for turning any pair of jeans into a ruffle pencil skirt.

Pencil skirts are often made to fit tight. For a more modest look,I suggest using a pair of jeans that are a little big in the legs so that the skirt won't hug too tight.

I look forward to see your versions!

Posted by Ms. Nikell from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States • Published See Ms. Nikell's 46 projects »
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  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Supplies needed are pictured to the left
    Don't forget your jeans.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    -Try your jeans on and measure how long you want your skirt to be.

    -Mark them and cut them off at that mark. Put the remaining pant legs to the side for now.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    -Using a seam ripper or small pair of scissors, open the inseam on the the pants from the bottom all the way to the zipper in the front and all the way up to the waist in the back.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    -Turn the jeans inside out and line the outer seams up.

    -Lay the jeans flat as illustrated.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    -Using a ruler and a fabric marker/pencil, draw a straight line from the zipper all the way down to the bottom eliminating the crotch.
    (as illustrated)

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    -Sew along the that line.
    (I suggest sewing with a baste stitch first. try the jeans on to make sure it is flat in the front and then make a permanent stitch.)

    -Trim excess fabric

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the back of the skirt.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    - Use a serger or zigzag stitch the seam allowance to keep the fabric from fraying.

    -Turn the skirt right side out and press the seams flat.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    -Lay the skirt flat and measure the hem from left to right.

    -Times that by 4 to get the measurement for the ruffles.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    -Grab the pant legs you cut off earlier cut the bottom hem off and open the seams.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    - Cut into 4 1/4" strips.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    - Sew the strips end to end to get one super long strip.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 13
    Step 13

    - Fold it in half and sew a wide stitch all the way down the strip using a 1/8" seam allowance.

    - Pull the bottom thread to make the ruffle.

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 14
    Step 14

    -Pin the ruffles to the bottom of the skirt taking care to have equal ruffle distribution.

    - Now go ahead and stitch them on with a 1/4" seam allowance.

    (We're almost there)

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 15
    Step 15

    -Zigzag or serge the seam allowance so it won't fray.

    -Press the ruffles down with the iron.

    -Carefully stitch the ruffle down to the body of the skirt

  • How to recycle a pair of trousers into a skirt. Jeans To Ruffle Pencil Skirt - Step 16
    Step 16

    Post your version here for everyone to see!!!

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Sweet C.
Sweet C. · Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, CL · 5 projects
nice job! maybe you can explain me how do you make the front part look flat? I always have problems with that from the zipper down...it looks awful Happy

I will make a skirt like this too! Happy
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PJ
PJ · Avondale, Arizona, US · 96 projects
Great job on this ..love it..smile
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
When I hung it on the mannequin, I had to clip the back to fit the mannequins waist.
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Felecity W.
Felecity W. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 86 projects
This isn't a pencil skirt anymore, it looks like more of an a-line skirt.
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