Upcycle Denim, Extending Jeans Life – Fall Collection 2013

Upcycled Denim DIY - #SewingRabbitFallCollection - Mingo & Grace

One of the hardest things can be finding jeans that fit well, this goes for our kiddos as well as ourselves! You want them to be comfy, versatile, look cute, and of course last through all of that rough wear. The only problem with kid jeans, is the fact that they grow out of them so fast! Farrah of the Sewing Rabbit Team has a fabulous sewing tutorial today showing you how to extend the life of your jeans, in a fun and trendy way! This denim DIY will have you cutting up old jeans in no time, and taking those pants out of the recycle pile for another years use.

Upcycled Denim DIY

Upcycled Denim DIY - #SewingRabbitFallCollection - Mingo & Grace

Looking for a quick, cool project that will also help you save a few extra bucks?  Great! In this tutorial, I’m going to share with you how I up cycle denim jeans.

My two year old son is growing taller and his waist seems to be shrinking.  As I was folding a pair of his shorts, I noticed they were sized 12-18 months.  Just for kicks, I pulled a pair of 12-18 month jeans out of the box slated to go to the Goodwill, and tried them on him. To my surprise they actually fit—except they were about two inches too short. That’s a pretty easy fix for a momma that sews!

Upcycled Denim DIY - #SewingRabbitFallCollection - Mingo & Grace

Here’s what you’ll need:

At least 2 pairs of jeans -

  • A pair of jeans that you want to add length to
  • A pair of jeans that you are willing to cut up to make the leg extensions and patches. If you are like me and refuse to buy shorts, you must have pant legs in your stash from all of the cut off shorts you made over the summer. I did not bother trying to match the denim colors exactly. I think the contrasting colors is what make these jeans so cool.

General sewing supplies – scissors, matching thread, pins

And there you have it! You have officially extended the life of your jeans, and made them look super mod in the process.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial showing you how to upcycle denim!  After all,

What kid doesn’t love having a place to put their crayons.

Upcycled Denim DIY - #SewingRabbitFallCollection - Mingo & Grace

Upcycled Denim DIY - #SewingRabbitFallCollection - Mingo & Grace

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!


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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    What a great tutorial! I’ve always been trying to figure out the best way to fix my son’s jeans, but had never thought to piece them together like this. This is perfect because though he hasn’t grown around the wait much, he’s getting taller. This makes it easy to keep those short, holey jeans for another few months! Thanks! :)

  2. says

    Do you know what you would be paying for a pair of jeans like this if they were in a store. These are so cute!!! Now I can’t wait for my grandson grows out of his jeans, so I can make these “so CUTE!” jeans. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Judi says

    What a fantastic idea, and the tutorial is awesome! My 11 y.o. daughter is about 5’3″ and weighs 80 lbs. the jeans that are long enough for her are HUGE in the waist. Instead of a crayon holder she requested a quiver so they can be her archery jeans :-)
    Thanks for the inspired idea!!!

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