Remember how I made the jean skirt last week and told you we'd be doing something cool with the legs of the jeans we sliced up? We're actually making two somethings out of those legs and today I'm sharing with you the first something.
This is a really simple jean skirt for a little girl. The whole project, including taking half-assed pictures and putting up the how-to on the blog took me under an hour. You could work this to fit any preschool/kindergarten aged girl- approximately sizes 2-6. You'll just need either the child, a piece of their elastic-waisted clothing or their waist measurement.
You'll also need on hand one very silly little girl.
Sewing a simple seam
Sewing an enclosed seam (optional-see here for tutorial)
Dressing a child
The legs of an old pair of jeans (On hand=$0; Thrift store find= $0-5)
Approx 30"x7" of any fabric you like (On hand=$0; Fabric store remnant=$2-10, depending on the fabric)
Approx 1yd of 1" elastic (On hand=$0, $1-2 to purchase)
Total Cost= $0-$17
You are highly unlikely to spend more than $2 on this project, if anything. But even if you go all out with fancy supplies, you're going to spend under $20.
1. Cut off the bottoms of the jean legs so from the top of the hem to the cut is about an inch shorter than you want the final skirt. For my 5 year old daughter, my piece was cut off just below the knee of the jeans. Save that last bit- the tops of the legs- because we'll use that next week, leaving very little waste from this old pair of jeans.
2. Turn each of the legs inside out and cut off the inseam (the part that used to be on the inside of your leg when they were still jeans) seam of each leg, as well as the hem. This will leave you with a rectangle of fabric with a seam in the middle. Measure the width of one piece of this fabric. Cut a piece of your contrast fabric so that it is 7" high and twice as long as one of your jean pieces. This will be your bottom band. (Example- my jean pieces were each 15" wide, so I cut the contrast band 7"x30".)
3. Put the two leg pieces right sides (outsides) together and seam up the sides so you have a big tube.
10. Rejoice for you are finished!