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!!  😉

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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