Upcycled Ruffled Jeans

Princess Thundercloud makes me kind of crazy…she has this long, long legs and a skinny little waist, and she’s always outgrowing jeans in length before the waist, even when I cinch up the waist with those adjustor thingies. And she inherits a lot of jeans with the knees ripped out from her big brother, too.  I hate giving perfectly good jeans to the thrift shop, so I often turn hers into shorts or capris.  With a little embellishment, she thinks they’re brand-new and can’t wait to wear them. It’s all a mindgame, I know…but I love messing with those little brains!Crops-Title

ALl you need is a pair of jeans, cut off wherever you’d like, some strips of fabric about 1-1/2” to 2” wide and a half inch longer that the circumference of the jean leg where it’s cut off, and some ruffled eyelet trim, also 1/2” longer than the circumference of the jean leg. And a sewing machine and thread, of course.

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Start by sewing the ends of the printed fabric together to make a loop. Then sew it to the pant leg, about an inch in.

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Turn the fabric and tuck the raw edge under the end of the jeans.  Iron it to make a crease, then sew around the leg, catching the eyelet ruffle, the jean leg, and the printed fabric.

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Then give them to your kid and tell her you got her some new capris!

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This photo was taken on the last day of school last year, and just made me miss our old school in Wisconsin…again! On the bright side, here it is a year later, and she can still wear these capris!

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