DIY: Upcycle Old Jeans Into A Sexy Mini

sexy miniskirtThis is a fabulous fun mini skirt project that will leave you some left over scraps for a DIY ‘bring your own bag’ project after. Don’t fret, it’s quite easy to make those jeans into a denim mini!

Supplies Needed


  • Funky jeans past their prime (beyond patching or your style threshold)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or mad hand sewing skills
  • Thread of any color you enjoy

Step one: Choosing

Use either old jeans, or thrift jeans that you really love the color of but you just don’t wear that MC Hammer style anymore. Just make sure the jeans fit your hip or waist where you plan to wear the skirt.

Step two: Length

I like mine short, and I measure it against a skirt I already own that is the length I like by laying them flat on top one another. It’s a good idea to start with a longer length, since you can always go back and cut it shorter. Decide whether you want it to hit your knee, mid thigh, or super high.

Step three: Cutting

Once you know the length, cutting will be easy. Cut straight across both the legs at the length measured and wa-la, now you have some jean shorts! But you want a sexy mini, so take the scissors and begin cutting the inner seam line and cut open the crotch of the jeans. Then cut along the front seam up to the zipper. (If you made your skirt longer you may want to cut along the back seam 2-3 inches, so it doesn’t pucker in the back when you sew it back together.)

Step four: Working it

At this point you will be able to see how this will come together again as a skirt. I don’t use pins, but if you do this would be the time to start folding over the zig zag flap in the front for pinning. With it facing you fold the left over right side (or thick seam side on top) and pin if desired. Turn it over and pin the back making sure there is no puckering (which is death to a denim mini). Your bottom length may have changed a little, but that’s OK – now is the time to cut any extra fabric hanging at the bottom to straighten your hemline.

Step five: Sew!

Yay! Now sew a thick & tight stitch along your newly created seam, in the front and then in the back. I usually sew all the way up to the top in the back, just to make the thread match and to tie the project together aesthetically. For many styles of jeans the front will have a minimalist zig zag look, like your own personal lightning bolt!


Ending: The Fray

– I put mine through a wash and dry to create the traditional look of the 80’s cut off mini jean skirt with frayed edges. Pair with some cute sneakers, or some vintage heals and you are too hot to handle!

Coming Next ::: What to do with the legs of the jeans you just cut up !!! (BYOB Project)!

Related post: What Can You Do With Jeans?

Written by Leslie Richard

I live and breathe everything eco , from organic gardening, organic food, to green crafting, minimalist decorating and nature made art. On an average day you can find me planting seeds, loving on my kitty, working on my eco fashion store The Oko Box (, and blogging about something green. I love promoting eco lifestyles and participating in changing the future, for a greener earth. xoxo


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  1. Nice! I love how reading on this site gives such practical and useful ideas.

    BTW, These types of jean adaptations are super popular in Korea right now too… and they’re hot!

  2. What a great idea – though I’m not sure my legs are up for it! Looking forward to finding out what you do with the bits of the jeans you have cut off.

  3. That’s a good one too. Not totally sure my legs are up for it but I’m sure Sandra would look great in her upcycled sexy mini!

  4. Hello Gabi! This doesn’t take long at all, unless you have dull scissors like i do 🙂 With a snazzy sewing machine it shouldn’t take more then 20-30 minutes to learn this project.


    I read a lot messages to plant trees.I was associated with agriculture advisery service for more than 40 years.I saw lot of activities on plant a tree – What happens afterword ,most saplings planted die out as there is no body to nurture these seedlings and efforts in planting a tree go invain.


  6. i had a pair of jeans that didn’t fit me properly anymore and i did this and am currently wearing the result

    i love it =]

    thank-you for this

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