How to Make a Denim Mini Skirt

Denim mini skirts are popular clothing from spring through fall, and they can be a fun, casual addition to any woman's wardrobe. Making a denim mini skirt from an old pair of jeans is a simple sewing project that can be handled by even a novice sewer, and it can give an old pair of jeans new life.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Old jeans
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Matching thread


    • 1

      Measure the distance between the place where the jeans sit on your waist to where you want the skirt to fall. High-waisted jeans that sit on the natural waist are great for this project, but you can also use jeans that are slung a little lower.

    • 2

      Add 2 inches to this measurement.

    • 3

      Lay the jeans on a flat surface.

    • 4

      Measure from the top of the jeans down to the measurement that you found in Step 2.

    • 5

      Mark the spot with chalk.

    • 6

      Cut off the legs of your jeans below the points you have marked. This will leave you with what is essentially a pair of jean shorts.

    • 7

      Cut the inner seams that go up the inner thighs.

    • 8

      Cut the front seam that leads up to the zipper, but be careful not to cut the zipper itself.

    • 9

      Pin the front flaps of the denim skirt together.

    • 10

      Pin the back flaps of the denim skirt together.

    • 11

      Trim off any excess fabric that might cause bunching.

    • 12

      Trim away any uneven hems.

    • 13

      Turn the skirt inside out.

    • 14

      Sew the front flaps together.

    • 15

      Sew the back flaps together.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you find that the resulting skirt is too narrow, use fabric from the legs of the jeans to create triangular gussets to add to the front center and back center of the skirt.
  • Denim can be tough to sew, so use heavier needles and thick cotton thread.
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  • Photo Credit Jeans image by Francis Bourgouin from

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