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How to Sew Skinny Jeans from Old Jeans

Skinny jeans are an 80's style that is back, but you know how trends go and soon they are sure to be a distant memory once again. Your teenager probably does not care that skinny jeans will only be 'in' for a short time, though, and beg you to get them some. Instead of going out and spending a fortune on new jeans, why don't you take their old jeans - which are p0robably out of style now because the legs are too wide - and make them into skinny jeans. It is very easy to sew skinny jeans from wider legged jeans and it will save you a bunch of money.

Getting Started

To begin with you will need the following things:
- your teen
- old jeans
- chalk
- thread
- sewing machine
- scissors

You need your teen for this one because you need her to wear the jeans so you can mark them correctly.

Marking and Preparation

After gathering your supplies and your teen, have her put on a pair of jeans inside out. With her standing up straight, hold the jeans tight to her legs and mark them with the chalk. Make sure to do this all the way down the leg. You will be working in a 'v' like pattern with the jeans gradually getting skinnier as you go down the leg.

After you have marked the jeans have her take them off and sew a light stitch down the mark line. Then have her try them on again, inside out. If she thinks they are too tight or too loose then adjust accordingly. Once they are to her liking you can have her take them off.

Repeat this process for all the jeans you are turning into skinny jeans. You should mark each pair of jeans since they tend to differ in fit and construction instead of using the first pair as a pattern to mark the remaining pairs.


Once you have all the jeans marked and your daughter is happy with the fit you can sew. Go down the mark line and sew with a strong stitch. You can use a zig zag stitch of backstitch. It is important to create a strong seam. Once you have them sewn, you can cut off the excess fabric on the outside of the leg. You have successfully given your daughter some trendy skinny jeans without having to spend a fortune at the mall.

Tip #1

If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.

Tip #2

Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.

Tip #3

Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!

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