ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Rock Those Old Jeans!

Updated on November 3, 2015

Rocking Jeans!

Get new life from your old jeans.
Get new life from your old jeans. | Source

Altering Your Old Jeans

1. Start with some fresh jeans, you can still fit.
1. Start with some fresh jeans, you can still fit.
2. Cut  the length you want your shorts.
2. Cut the length you want your shorts.
3. Assemble the thing you need and the fabric cut-outs.
3. Assemble the thing you need and the fabric cut-outs.
4. Glue and sew the designs on.Make sure your cuff is even.
4. Glue and sew the designs on.Make sure your cuff is even.
5. Tack your cuffs, down or iron them.
5. Tack your cuffs, down or iron them.
6. Make sure the designs, are ironed on when they dry.
6. Make sure the designs, are ironed on when they dry.
7. Your finished shorts! Check the designs and try them on.  Strut them!
7. Your finished shorts! Check the designs and try them on. Strut them!
8. Make a "Boogie Bag", from leftover jean cut-offs.
8. Make a "Boogie Bag", from leftover jean cut-offs.
9. Your finished Boogie bag!
9. Your finished Boogie bag!

Rocking Cool Shorts- For Non-Sewers!

Okay, so you've been hit by the bad economy too. The new hot shorts, you wanted for summer just aren't in your budget. And to make matters worst you're not artistically inclined like some of your show-off friends. You can't sew,even if you mess up everything you try to make . Don't worry I can guide you through it. You'll feel great about recycling some of your old jeans.

Summer shorts are easy, and you can make them in various lengths. And with the left-over denim we have a kids project. I call it the ,"Boogie bag" it ties to jeans belt loop.

Kids 12 or over, could make one easily as a gift. There are a lot of fun projects, you can make with jean scraps. We'll discuss a few later. You need to go through your closet find some jeans, you don't wear much. They may be three or so years old. Make sure they still fit, your waist.

This what you'll need:

fabric glue, such as tacky glue, or Elmer's' glue (you use much less)

Good scissors, shears

A variety of colored thread

Large sewing needles

Scraps of cloth, and buttons, for embellishment

A 22 inch black or red shoestring

Measure the jeans by trying them on. If they still fit in the waist and hips your in business. You can hold a pair of shorts against, the jeans you want to cut off. Mark them with a crayon or marker, about an inch longer than the shorts you already have. This will give you a chance to make a cuff, or make them longer. You may need someone to help you mark them. You are going to lay the jeans on a table, put the shorts on top. Cut carefully about an inch below the shorts. It may help to pin the shorts against the jeans with stick pins.

Make sure you use good sharp shears, not the ones you cut paper with a lot. Turn the cuff up, wear you want the length of the shorts, Try them on again. You are going to thread a large needle, with navy blue thread. Take the needle, and hold the cuff in your hand. Slip the needle on the underside of the cuffs, inside the jeans. Go in in and out, sewing tacking, the seam the middle and the back make sure it the shorts stay cuffed. If you want a rough look, you don't have to sew. Just turn the cuff up, wear you'd like it and iron it in, with some spray starch.

Cut a small piece of scrap cloth to make sure you get, a clean cut. Find some designs you like such as hearts or flowers, in a magazine or old greeting cards. Decide what type of design you want on your shorts. Lay the designs out on the scrap fabric, and cut. Find the spot you want to place them on the jeans. Use very small drops of glue, on the backside of the fabric designs. Glue them to the pants, make sure it's the spot you want.

When the designs are dry, take the needle, and in tiny stitches go around the edge of the design, sewing it on. Do this for each design, make very small stitches that can't be easily seen. When you're done iron the designs, and make sure they are on tight. Try on your shorts their ready, to wear! For a hot look you can pair them with, a nice white long shirt, roll the long sleeves up, and pair over a small t-shirt. You can add the same small design to the front of the shirt, that you have on your shorts. Add some strappy sandals and you're good to go!

I'm encouraging recycling and practicing it more myself. You can use the scrap leg you cut off the jeans, to make the Boogie bag. I mentioned at the top. Kids can make them for gifts. They are about 10-12 inches of the jean leg. You cut it off, and fold it in half and sew the sides. Turn it inside out and sew it that way. You can also, sew it from the outside in a contrasting color like red. Leave the top open, and you've sewn the sides and bottom.

You can use the little handy, handheld sewer for about $19.99., if you really don't want to sew. Leave a half inch down, at the top for a seam for the shoestring, drawstring. After you've folded a half inch of the cuff down. Starting at the top, sew around the edges of cuff. This will create a little "Tunnel", for the shoestring to go through. You can cut the shoestring if you want, a shorter string. Thread the shoestring through, and pull them down evenly7. You can add a little bead on each end if you like. Cut designs, the same way you did for the shorts,

Follow the same steps, and glue and tack the designs on. You can or a child can use it for a pencil bag, and tie it to their belt loops. Get creative! You can cut squares of cloth from the denim, double it sew it together. And have potholders, coasters, a lot of little decorative items, coasters, etc. Now that you know how use your imagination! Strut your jeans and bags and enjoy your summer!

Basic Hand Sewing Stitches by Consciouslymodest

How to repair your jeans by Professor Pincushion

© 2012 Qmarpat


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)