Denim skirts are a fashion staple that seem to transcend fashion fads. Instead of shopping for just the right denim skirt, save some money and have some fun by making your own. Grab a pair of great fitting jeans you’ve been meaning to retire because of frayed bottoms or holes in the knee area, and give them a second life as a cute denim skirt that can be dressed up or dressed down.

Things You'll Need

Cut off the jeans at the desired length and turn them inside out. Remember, unless you want the end of the material to fray, a hem will be required, so take that into consideration when making the cut, leaving 1 1/2 inches extra length for the hem.

Using the seam-cutter, rip out the inside seams of the legs (up to the zipper in the front and to the yoke in the back).

Starting at the top (what used to be the crotch area, right under the zipper), pin together the front panels leaving 3/4-inch for a seam. If the top area seems bulky, take this small flap area and fold it over to be sewn flat against the front of the skirt.

Using a heavy duty needle (for thick fabric), sew the flap flat against the skirt; then sew the seam down to the hem area, leaving about 1 1/2 inches for the hem. You can use either heavy duty tan denim thread or whichever color thread matches or contrasts with the denim material–your choice.

Turn the skirt around and repeat the above processes, pinning and stitching the seam down to just above the hem area.

After the front and back have been stitched, but before you hem it, try on the skirt to see if it is too tight. If the skirt needs a little wiggle room, cut a 2 or 3-inch slit up the back, or at either side of the skirt. Fold the cut material of the slit inside and stitch it on down to the hem. Stitch across the top of the slit to keep it from fraying.

With the skirt turned inside out, fold up the hem (about 1 inch) and secure all the way around with straight pins. Stitch the hem, directly under the pins; remove the pins when hem is finished.


  • Personalize your new denim skirt with studs, embroidered designs, rhinestones, or other craft decos.
    If you prefer the hem to gradually fray, then omit stitching the hem; just be sure it has been cut evenly all the way around.