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Ruffle Skirt or Apron Upcycled from Jeans or Pants

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Author Corativity
Price $7.99
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This pattern is very versatile! Use it to make an apron or skirt for any size, starting with an old pair of jeans, shorts, capris or even a mini skirt as the yoke of the new skirt or apron. Working with the structure already built into the original piece of clothing makes for a faster completion time on your project, and also takes advantage of the fun details on the original clothing item. Learn how to make beautiful, cascading ruffles using a "gathering-over-a-cord" technique, which is much more quick and easy than gathering with long, basting stitches.

by Spoon, Susan
on January 15th, 2014

Fantastic way to use all those old holey jeans as well as some favorite fabrics!

by Barron, Alice
on June 12th, 2012

Very nice tutorial. I love the apron version.


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One pair of jeans, pants, capris, shorts, or even a mini-skirt. Maternity pants will even work for the apron, because you’ll only be using the back side of the pants for an apron project. Remember, you don’t have to limit yourself to jeans. The best part? You can make this skirt or apron to fit anyone! Just start with a pair of pants (or other clothing item as described above) that fit in the waist and hips. It doesn’t matter if the pants are too short or have holes in the knees, because you’ll cut off the bottom anyway. It’s nice if the original item of clothing has belt loops on it. The belt is optional on the skirt, but necessary for the apron.
Cotton fabric for the belt, ruffles and 2 tiers supporting the ruffles. Figuring the amount of fabric you need is easy, but it varies, depending on the size and length of your skirt, and whether or not your ruffles are all in one print, or in 2-3 coordinating prints. Use the chart and information in the pattern to figure out how much fabric you need.
Coordinating thread
Crochet thread or other small but strong cording
Seam Gauge
Ruler and measuring tape
Tube turner for turning the belt right-side out

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