What to do with HOLEY or TOO SHORT jeans…

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posted on May 13, 2010 by  |  posted under Sewing

Blue Jeans makeover

How Does She make use of holey or too short jeans?

Reinvent!

I am excited to introduce you to a genius seamstress, Deana.  She can sew anything, but I was excited to learn what to do with all my daughter’s holey jeans – I thought only BOYS got holes in their jeans???

Before I start her tutorial, lets learn a bit about Deana…

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“Hello! My name is Deana.  When I am not running my 5 kids around to all their events and after most of my to do list is done,  I LOVE TO SEW.  I sewed my first shirt when I was 6 years old.  I experienced such a joy and fascination with sewing at such a young age, it soon became a passion, a degree, and now a business.  I love flat pattern design, a wide variety of sewing, and have a serious fetish with fabric.  I have sewn wedding gowns, reupholstered sofas, dental chairs, & boat seats and the decor for several Parade of Homes.  My top joy, however, is my family and just being MOM.”

Five Fun Facts:

1- I have eaten chocolate covered grasshoppers, but much prefer chocolate covered raisins.
2- I crave hot weather and date nights with my hubby.
3- I am the 6th of 12 children in my family (all from the same parents, no twins included).
4- I love sushi!!!
5- I love to bike, hike, dance, and do pilates.(but not all at the same time)

Wanted Super Hero Power:

“I wish I could snap my fingers and have my house completely clean and have it actually stay that way for more than 10 minutes!”

Here is what you will be making with your holey or too short jeans…

Blue Jeans makeover Aren’t those aDoRaBlE??? And check out the funky prom dress she was working on in the background.

Let’s get started…

1. find your holey or too short pants

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2. cut the pants off at the knee at equal lengths.

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hint: to make them even, cut one side and then use what you cut off for a pattern – just line them up from the bottom… Blue Jeans makeover

and then cut the other side

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3. cut a strip of fabric the length you want the ruffle by the fullness desired. For example, I cut a strip of fabric 6″ wide by 20″ long for each side. The length of the strip should be at least 2X the width of the pant leg.

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4. Sew ends of strips together.

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5. Hem one side.

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6. gather the other side.

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so now it looks like this…

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7. with right sides together, sew ruffle to pant leg.

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now it looks like this…

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8. sew a ribbon on top of seam leaving enough ribbon on ends to tie in a bow.

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You’re Done!

Front view…

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Back View…

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cute model (aka Deana’s daughter)…

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Thanks Deana for answering the question, How Does She reinvent too short or holey jeans?

You can find a lot more tutorials and inspiration over on Deana’s blog, Sew Unique Boutique – like these copy cat Pottery Barn pillows

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SO FUN!

We love linking up our projects with THESE FABULOUS LINK PARTIES!  Thanks for hosting Gals!

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COMMENTS
  1. May 13th, 2010 at 7:18 am
    TidyMom says:
    CUTE CUTE CUTE!! ♥
    I stumble this too!
    .-= TidyMom´s last blog ..$50 Amazon Gift Card for your Grill Recipes! =-.
  2. May 13th, 2010 at 7:41 am
    Philip says:
    Humm... that is much more creative than my usual "Use as garage rags" approach. If my wife sees this I might have to find a new source for my rags. :-) Thanks!
    .-= Philip´s last blog ..Dad Knows Everything =-.
  3. May 13th, 2010 at 8:36 am
    Nicole says:
    Love those!! You always have such beautiful material too!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..What a crazy child I have =-.
  4. May 13th, 2010 at 9:05 am
    Suzanne says:
    This is such a fabulous idea!
    .-= Suzanne´s last blog ..Birdies on a Branch =-.
  5. May 13th, 2010 at 9:06 am
    Brigett says:
    LOVE IT!!!!Such a good idea and soooo adorable!!!
  6. May 13th, 2010 at 9:17 am
    Shelley says:
    I just love how these turned out! I'm so glad you were featured here. Deana, you are so stinkin' amazing. -Could your little gal be any cuter?!!!
  7. May 13th, 2010 at 10:30 am
    Penny says:
    Too Cute! And it looks pretty easy too!
  8. May 13th, 2010 at 11:24 am
    Andrea Leland says:
    Oooo, that would be a great thing to do with a jean skirt that has gotten too short as well. Great idea.
    I have got plenty of holey jeans from my boys...if only they came with girls!
    .-= Andrea Leland´s last blog ..How to Roast a Whole Chicken =-.
  9. May 13th, 2010 at 11:32 am
    Kim @ seven thirty three says:
    Too cute!

    I also have a tutorial for what to do with too short pants on my blog... it is gender neutral. ;)

    http://733blog.blogspot.com/2010/05/jeans-to-stylish-cropped-pants-for.html
    .-= Kim @ seven thirty three´s last blog ..What are little boys made of? Weekly Link Party =-.
  10. May 13th, 2010 at 2:48 pm
    Mindy says:
    This is a really cute idea!
  11. May 13th, 2010 at 3:23 pm
    stacy says:
    Wow! Now if I only knew how to sew!
  12. May 13th, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    Mollie says:
    Adorable! I have two pairs of jeans sitting in my room waiting to be fixed. Definitely going to give this a whirl:o) Thanks for the idea!
  13. May 13th, 2010 at 5:04 pm
    Melissa says:
    Cute, I've done this before too!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..The service =-.
  14. May 13th, 2010 at 5:04 pm
    Laura Sziy says:
    Adorable! I have crocheted different bottoms for my granddaughters pants too.
    Fun to do with the hairy yarns!
  15. May 13th, 2010 at 5:19 pm
    Andrea says:
    Deana way cute! You always amaze me!! Brooklyn what a cutie pie.
  16. May 13th, 2010 at 5:46 pm
    Casey Johnson says:
    Deana is incredible! I've visited her blog and love her easy, stylish ideas. It makes me want to dig out all of my half-done projects and get to work. =)
  17. May 13th, 2010 at 11:15 pm
    Emily @ Help Emily Lose Weight says:
    Very cute! Now just tell me what to do with ALL my BOYS pants that get holes 2 months after we buy them. I don't even have any daughters...just FIVE boys who wear through pants like they are made from tissue paper!
    .-= Emily @ Help Emily Lose Weight´s last blog ..The Baby Shower =-.
  18. May 14th, 2010 at 6:12 am
    TidyMom says:
    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It!!! Have a GREAT weekend girls!
    .-= TidyMom´s last blog ..I'm Lovin' It - Garage Sale Tracker {There's an App for that!} =-.
  19. May 14th, 2010 at 9:53 am
    Shannon says:
    Just made a pair for my daughter last night! Thanks for the great idea!
  20. May 14th, 2010 at 11:26 am
    Jen says:
    Super Cute! Wish I had girls...any ideas for boys holey jeans? I swear my boys can wear a hole in a pair of jeans in less than a month? Maybe threatening them with cute, ruffled capris would work :) Ha Ha
  21. May 14th, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    Margot says:
    Just too darling for words. And this lil' cutie looks so proud to wear such pretty jeans. She must be so glad her mom sews!
  22. May 16th, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Fawnda says:
    I just wanted to let you know that I featured you here:

    http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2010/05/sunday-spotlight-soys-27-favorites.html

    This is adorable! :)
    .-= Fawnda ´s last blog ..Sunday Spotlight {SOYS #27 Favorites!} =-.
  23. May 17th, 2010 at 10:56 am
    michele says:
    this is SO cute! i've been meaning to do this to a pair of my daughter's jeans that she LOVES, but they are too short for her now. i'm just going to cut off the bottom hem and do this so they are still full length with the ruffle. thanks so much for the tute!
    .-= michele´s last blog ..trivet and coasters, and an apron. =-.
  24. May 17th, 2010 at 6:37 pm
    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations says:
    Those turned out adorable!! Great idea!
    .-= Melanie @ Whimsical Creations´s last blog ..Bow Centers =-.
  25. November 15th, 2010 at 7:49 am
    womens jeans says:
    Wow,that looks tipsy topsy,,amazing way to re-invent rags-jeans.The design is looking splendid and thanks for sharing bit of your personal life as well.
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  27. April 29th, 2014 at 6:40 am
    Charles K. Koepke says:
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