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I had two pairs of jeans that I didn't need. One pair had a rip in the butt-area, and even if I fixed that, it would look awkward.
My other pair was a bit baggy because they were hand-me-downs.
So I made the best of it and combined them, and this is what turned out.

Throughout the project, SAVE ALL OF YOUR SCRAPS!
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Step 1: Gather your materials

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To make these jeans, you will need:
  • Two pairs of jeans you are willing to cut up
  • Thread and a matching bobbin (I used denim thread)
  • Sturdy sewing needle for machine and hand sewing (When you go to the store, the needle's packaging says denim)
  • Pins!
  • sewing machine, scissors, etc.
The jeans I used for the bows had a rip in the butt. They are the lighter pair.

Step 2: Start cutting!

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Take your pair that will become the bows.

Cut open the jeans on the inside seam along the red line in the first picture.

Cut off the thick seams on the inside of the leg and the bottom of the jeans. (see the red line in the third picture).

Step 3: More Cutting

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Fold up the jean leg 3-4 inches up, and cut a strip. (see red line in picture 1)

Continue cutting until you reach the main butt part of the jeans.

Now, cut along the seam in the middle (see red line in picture 3).

Fold up and cut another strip, this strip may be longer and thinner.

Repeat cutting strips with the other leg.
You will have about 4 strips per leg.

Step 4: Start sewing

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Take one strip and fold it in half lengthwise, right sides in. See pictures 1 and 2.

Sew along the yellow line in picture 2.

Repeat this with all of the strips.
Turn the strips right side out.

You may have two long and skinny strips. You can cut these in half. (see the bottom two strips in picture 4).
AmyCat591 year ago
If you want a bit more coverage (warmer in winter, or for those who don't want to show that much leg, or if you're making them for a teenager who may have school dress-code restrictions), you could get a piece of thinner fabric (anything from silk scarves to t-shirts to bandanna print cotton to fabric cut from a button-down dress shirt) big enough to fill in behind the bows. Just stitch its edges around the inside of the opening in the jeans. If you use fairly thin fabric, and a bit bigger than the opening in the jeans, you can make it "pouf" out from underneath/in between the bows, too.
If you put the bows only halfway down the leg, and use wider "lining" fabric underneath that runs all the way down, you can get a flare-leg effect that would probably move interestingly if you wore them out dancing, too...
Hmm... I bet you could apply this idea to denim skirts, too...
lustyln2 years ago
I just love these,easy directions also thank you and I know my daughter will thank you to after I make her some
kmclennan3 years ago
i love them so darn cute!!! i am deffanly going to try this for my next sewing project
scoochmaroo3 years ago