Guest Post: Re-Purposing Jeans and Shoes

by Merissa on September 11, 2012

in Featured, Thrifty Living

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Skinny Jeans: We all have a closet full of flared, boot cut, and straight leg jeans. But now that skinny jeans reign fashion supreme what's a girl to do? Make them into skinny jeans of course! If you (or a friend) can sew a straight line then you can make any pair of jeans into skinny jeans. Simply turn them inside out and lay them flat on the ground. Place your favorite pair of skinny jeans on top, lining them up on the outside edge. Trace the skinny jean's inseam line with chalk onto your flared jeans. Use straight pins to secure and sew your straight line following the chalk line.

Cut off the excess fabric; turn them right side out and viola! Skinny jeans that are broken in and fit like a glove. Just be sure to choose a pair of skinny jeans that fit well and don't have a lot of spandex in them as your “pattern” jeans to insure a good fit.

Glitter Heels: Now that you have your skinny jeans on you'll want a pair of rocking high heels to go with them. Enter the DIY Glitter Heel. By far the best, and easiest, way to update your shoe wardrobe.

Grab a pair of heels from your closet (this is a great way to give scuffed or discolored shoes new life). Shoes that have a substantial upper work best, strappy sandals tend to stiffen and should be avoided. Now coat them with a light layer of spray adhesive, which can be found at your local hardware store and then sprinkle with the glitter of your choice. Just make sure you have enough glitter to completely cover both shoes. If you are going to be doing some heavy dancing in your newly glittered kicks, be sure to spray them with lacquer (found at your hardware store). Ready to shine but not that much? Use painters tape to cover your shoe leaving only the sole and inside of the heel exposed. Spray with adhesive and sprinkle with glitter to add just a hint of sparkle to your step.

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1 Annie Kaylor Bernauer September 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This is great! What an easy way to convert wider leg jeans to skinny jeans, I’m definitely going to try this one and pin it!


2 Niclaire March 6, 2013 at 1:55 am

Very lovely jeans. They have nailed my style perfectly.


3 Tom Schmit February 14, 2014 at 7:40 am

That a money saving idea. Do not throw them, sew them.


4 Richard Arnoldussen July 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm

My wife followed your directions for turning her jeans into skinny jeans. Took her 15 minute and the jeans turned out perfect. Thank you


5 Barbara November 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Thank u for shareing this with me I sew and now have a grandson and I thought I would try to make him a hat mittens and a pair boots to ware sence this will be his first winter and its cold here .so many thanks .


6 Eileen January 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Hiya lovely to see into you’re site, I am desperately looking for ideas or a pattern that I can download, to make my oldest and youngest grandsons dungarees, out of the jeans that are too small length wise for them, I am having great difficulty finding them, so any help most appreciated, I do have the front Bibette pinned, made from the bottom of the too small jeans, I do have a kinda idea on how to connect it to the front, I have used the leg parts to make the back straps, but just not sure how to connect or make the back panel for the dungarees, can u advise please xx


7 Micelle Jones October 28, 2015 at 9:44 am

I think this is a really great idea. A real money saver as well.


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