Jean Skirt Upcycle

I remember turning a pair of jeans into a short skirt in the late 70’s it was fun then and now this style is back in fashion. I saw that the Diesel jean shop sells this skirt for $180 and I’ve seen others on the market for $300.  A friend asked me to create this look for her and once I finished the upcycle I decided that I’m  going to make a skirt for myself too!


I started with two pair of jeans. One pair is used as the skirt and the other is used for the front and back panel.  You can get as creative as you want with this look!


Cut the inseam on the main pair of jeans to keep the white stitches in tact and cut about two inches into the crotch towards the zipper and do the same for the back.


Cut the legs out of the second pair of jeans and decide which part you want to use as the front and back panel before you cut the leg open.

Cut and pin the panel in place underneath the top of the skirt keeping it as straight as possible and lay the crotch area flat.  You may have to cut it a little more to make sure it lays completely flat. (Outline the front panel with chalk so that you can keep the panel in place, because the pins may not hold it place when you start to sew. )


Sew on top of the stitches using a leather or jean needle to avoid breaking. This will allow a little fraying in the front and back panels once it’s washed.

I placed a zigzag stitch on the raw edge of the inside seams to avoid fraying.


Here’s a look at the back panel



And there you have it! Your upcycle is complete…



Stay tuned there’s more to come from LaCartera!








4 Comments Add yours

  1. lindaglovinghome says:

    I confess…back in the day…I had a few jean skirts I made. Short, long and in between. I can’t believe how expensive they are now. You are bringing back memories! 🙂

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    1. lacartera says:

      Hahaha! I hope you saved them because they’re back in style. 😀 I’m looking forward to making me skirt soon.

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  2. slfinnell says:

    I have a jean stash. And 2 daughters. I will have to give them the fashion update 🙂

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