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DIY Clothes Ideas | DIY Pants And Skirts On A Budget
I was spring cleaning my closet as part of the 30-day cleaning challenge one day, when I realized how I had loads of items I don’t use anymore. I had practically everything you could think of, from old sweaters to jeans that didn’t fit right. After looking at the pile from afar, I just knew there were a couple of DIY clothes ideas waiting to be recognized.
1. Sweater To Skirt Refashion
Who knew sweaters could be turned into skirts? The secret lies in using sweaters that are 1-2 sizes bigger, so this is a great project for those wondering what to do with overstretched sweaters.
2. Draped Skirt
This video shows you how to make an Alexander Wang inspired DIY draped skirt. The technique is in the way the tucks and turns of the fabric are made. Don’t forget to keep the skirt in place with a few safety pins.
3. Harem Pants
I’ve been a fan of harem pants for the longest time because they’re so comfortable. The best part of this tutorial is you won’t even have to print a pattern for a template. Simply grab one of your jeans and trace around them leaving enough space for a roomy fit.
4. PJs to Joggers Refashion
It’ll only take 5 minutes to turn a pair of PJs into comfy joggers. Start by laying over a pair of pants on the PJs, and trace around it leaving a 1/4” seam allowance. Cut the outline and sew the ends of the seams. Finally, attach band hems to the waist and the ends of the legs.
5. Lace Jean Cuff
A lace cuff will add a dainty touch to a pair of blue jeans. Start by cutting off the ends of your jeans. Then, turn your jeans inside out and sew the lace details on the ends. Flip your jeans back right side in, cuff the jeans, and sew along the top of the lace to keep it in place.
6. Wool Skirt
I had extra wool fabric from a previous DIY, so I turned the leftovers into a wool skirt. The main tip I have for this project is to always remember to stretch the fabric while sewing. This will prevent it from puckering while in the middle of a stitch.
7. Yoga Pants
Give yourself a new pair of yoga pants to salute the sun with. Don’t forget to use jersey fabric for this DIY so it won’t restrict your movements and poses while in yoga class.
8. Denim Pants To Skirt Refashion
Turn a pair of old jeans in a mini skirt with this tutorial. By the way, if you want a pencil skirt fit, simply pin the 2 ends closer together, and sew.
9. Side Stripe Pants
Add a little extra detail to your pants with a side stripe. Start by picking your fabric detailing and pinning this along the side of your pants. Once you’re happy with the placement, start sewing.side stripe. Start by picking your fabric detailing and pinning this along the side of your pants. Once you’re happy with the placement, start sewing.
Tip: Fold the ends of the detailing strips inward before sewing in place.
10. Easy 15-Minute Skirt
The important step to creating this DIY skirt is taking note of the measurements. To get the width needed for the rectangles, note the size of your hips, add 11”, and then divide everything by 2.
11. Lounge Pants
I won’t lie, I’ve worn these knit lounge pants to sleep countless times. When making this DIY, don’t forget to shear off the excess seams after sewing. Doing so will prevent the seams from unraveling.
12. Scuba Miniskirt
Scuba or neoprene fabric can be a gem to work with as it takes away the added step of sewing hems. The material is also stretchy enough, so you won’t need to add a zipper.
Tip: Stock up on pins for this project as the pattern is of utmost importance.
13. Sweater To Pants Refashion
Aside from turning your old sweater into a skirt, you can refashion it into a pair of pants as well. For this DIY, you’ll be using the sleeves as the material for your legs, so be sure to give them a try first to check the fit.
Make a maxi skirt without burning your wallet in the process. By the way, don’t forget to stretch out the fabric when sewing the elastic band for the waist. I suggest using a zig-zag stitch for this one.
15. DIY Skinny Jeans
This little life hack will easily turn unwanted jeans into skinny jeans. Begin by wearing your jeans inside out and have a friend tug and pin the fabric along your legs. Then, very carefully, remove the pants, and sew along the pin markings — I’ve found it’s best to sew from the legs moving up. Once you’re done, wear the jeans to check the fit and snip away the excess fabric.
16. Lace Pencil Skirt
17. Tuxedo Pants
My trick for these tuxedo pants is to fold the strip of ribbon over the waist, and to sew this in place. Doing so will prevent the ribbon from detaching from the pants as well.
— SewingDotCom (@Sewingdotcom) April 26, 2017
18. Cheerleader Skirt
This cheerleader skirt was made using a fitted tube skirt and a lace skirt. Start by deciding how wide you want the pleats to be. Once you’ve got that figured out, proceed to cutting straight lines on the tube skirt, making sure not to cut all the way up. Then, it’s all a matter of layering. Put on your lace skirt, and wear the cut up tube skirt on top.
19. Laced Up Pants
Be sure to cut off long pieces of string for these laced up pants. If it’s too short, you may have to re-lace quite a number of times. Remember, it’s better to trim off the excess than to re-lace all over again.
20. Tulle Skirt
21. Ruffled Skirt
This hack upgrades a black skirt by adding some ruffles. By the way, make the circle cutting easier by folding the fabric in half and simply cutting out a semi-circle. Doing so will give you symmetric curves for the shape.
22. Printed Pants
Give yourself more comfort by using spandex fabric for the printed pants. That way, the pants will cling to the shape of your legs and hips. It’ll also allow you to move freely.
23. High Waisted Sash Skirt
Here’s a trick for finding the size of your skirt’s bottom width: Double your waist measurement by 2. If you want a fuller skirt, simply add a few more inches after.
24. Pencil Skirt
This pencil skirt will only take 20 minutes to make. To begin, fold your fabric in half, then, lay and trace the pattern on top. Pin and cut the fabric, and repeat this on the other half. With the wrong side facing outward, sew the two fabrics at the sides. Finally, fold about an inch at the top and sew in place.
Want more DIY clothes ideas? Press play on the video below to learn how to distress your jeans:
I sure hope these DIY clothes ideas bring new outfits for your wardrobe! Remember ladies, it’s never too late to make the most of your old clothes. So try your hand at this roundup of DIYs!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.