What do you do when your daughter tears the knees out of her jeans/pants? What about when she’s outgrown them? Do you just pitch them in the trash? Heck no!
Repurpose Pants into a Skirt
My daughter grew out of these jeans with her last growth spurt. They had holes in the knee but were otherwise in good shape so I opted to alter them. It was pretty easy to do actually.
I cut off the pants to the desired length (well above the knee holes) and trimmed out the inseam. It took a bit of trimming and tucking to make the pants lay right as a skirt but this was not overly complicated. I should have taken pictures (*facepalm*) of the whole process but it went so quickly I didn’t even think about it.
Next, I took some cotton scraps I had – less than a 1/4 of a yard. Cut the pieces into strips a few inches wide. Finish the lower edge of each strip and then machine-baste the top edge for gathering. Layer the strips into a pyramid shape. Make two (one for front and one for back).
Stitch the pyramid pieces to the front and back.
Lastly, I trimmed the bottom edge of the final ruffle and stitched it on the skirt.
|Front of the skirt|
|Back of the skirt|
We even salvaged the scraps from the legs for future projects. There’s no need to keep wasting old clothes when they can be used for other things!