Re-purpose granddaughters jeans

Back in the early spring my granddaughter brought me some of her jeans that she grew UP out of and asked me to make her capris and shorts out of.  It took one after noon to do four pair of them and I think she was very pleased.  Here’s the picture steps I took:

 

First, I had her try then on wrong side out and show me where she wanted them to hit below her knee and we pinned the mark.

First, I had her try then on wrong side out and show me where she wanted them to hit below her knee and we pinned the mark.

 

Then I cut them off about 3/4" below the pin.

Then I cut them off about 3/4″ below the pin.

 

Next I trimmed the inseams to a thickness that would be easier on my sewing machine needle.  Denim folded several times will break a needle in quick order.

Next I trimmed the inseams to a thickness that would be easier on my sewing machine needle. Denim folded several times will break a needle in quick order.

 

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Now, I iron the 1/4 inch turn down all the way around the leg on both legs.  Then I press another 1/2″ turn down on both legs.  I press both legs at the same time to make sure the hems are going to be even.

The next few pics show how I use the machine to sew the hems.  I used other pants she wanted hemmed for instruction purposes because denim is hard to hold in place and take a picture at the same time.

 

1/2" seam

1/2″ seam

1/4 " seam

1/4 ” seam

Slow down on the thick sections.

Slow down on the thick sections.

After the hems are finished, turn the pants inside out and press with steam and then the turn them right side out and press with steam.  The steam helps set the hem.  On some of the jeans I made double rows of hem stitches and on some we zigzagged the hem with different colors of thread to dress them up a little.    We repurpose a lot!!  😉