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Little Girl Jeans gone too short - Up-Cycle Project

Hi Everyone, I have a fun Up-cycle Project } to share with you for great jeans gone too short. 

On my, If I had a little Girl, pin board, I pinned this great pin a few weeks back.
I found it very ironic that a few weeks later my sweet friend came to me asking for some suggestions on how to prolong the life of her daughter’s great jeans that were now too short; I had just the idea.   

She and her daughter both agreed this was the right
fix for her still-in-good-condition jeans.

I invited them over to explore my large (very large) pile of fabric for her to choose which she’d like to use.  The little girl Allie was overjoyed at the possibilities,
 she had trouble containing herself. 

I had her wear the jeans, and with scissors, made a small cut for where I planned to shorten and give a reinforcement stitch to stop fraying after washing. 

I then cut 1.5 inches high strips and the width of the leg, all the way around.  I cut two strips for variance and gave it some visual detailing you wouldn't get with one big strip.

Below is a picture of her wearing one of the three pairs of jeans we up-cycled.

(she's so stinkin' cute)

Side Note/Tip:  Seeing that there wasn’t a back link to the pin, extra information wasn’t available to someone wishing to recreate this.  So I have a {tip to share}: My friend shared the fabric frayed right out of my top stitch after washing...so I applied Fray Check all the way around the raw edges.  This turned out to be a big project saver; Have I ever shared how Much I love Fray Check?!  The step was tedious but worth it because the detail fabric stayed secure after doing so.

There you have it, make jeans last longer with a little fabric detail and some thread.  This project could be accomplished with a machine or hand stitching. 


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  1. This looks like a fun solution! If you're looking for another place to share your sewing projects, come on over to Etcetorize. Would love to see you there~

    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Headed over now. :)

  2. Too cute!! Nola is growing so fast her pant can't keep up! Can you come here and help me ;)

  3. These came ouf really cute! We must be on the same wavelength ... I'm working on making my daughter's skirt longer by adding a fe row of crochet :)

    1. Kara, I love it! Great minds think alike. :) Will you be posting about it, I'd love to see, especially since I have two boys so fun projects like that don't happen often around here. ;0)

  4. This is such a darling idea! I have a granddaughter that is going to be very tall this will come in handy! Stop on by my blog and say Hi sometime.


    1. Thanks Karin for stopping by and commenting. Have a great rest of your week! Have fun if you do this project.

  5. This is such a fantastic idea! I would love to do this... if only I could convince my little girl to wear jeans.. yoga pants and dresses only!
    Hope you will hop on over to my under 300 followers blog hop @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2012/07/under-300-followers-blog-hop-9.html
    I am your newest follower~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

    1. Hi Amie, thanks for stopping by! :) have fun if you try this. :)


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