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DIY Jean Maxi Rehab

DIY Jean Maxi Rehab

What inspires you to sew?  Do you remember your first true DIY project?  Like many of my fellow seamstresses, I first discovered the Great MiMi G and became a follower of her blog and her tutorials etc.  You name it.  Anything MiMi G and I’m in!

The urge to overhaul my closet started about this time last year and in the process, there were several pairs of jeans that I loved and wore the HECK out of!  Needless to say, I wanted to keep them, but couldn’t wear them anymore…  I found this post of MiMi G’s about refashioning some jeans into a skirt and knew this would be the perfect project for me.  I studied her tutorial on how to make it happen and it came together pretty quickly.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 pair of jeans
  • Denim Needle (recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Tailor’s Chalk (recommended)
  • Pins

Note: Denim needles are used for your thicker fabrics.  Having the right needle will help with machine sewing and will hopefully put a stop to those breaking needles!


1. Choose which pair will be your base – this is the one that you will wear, the other pair will be the expansion pair that you’ll put in the center of this base pair.  I choose the pair with the better pockets/wash etc.

2. Cut both pair of jeans along the inner seam line, all the way from one end to the other.

3. Insert the expansion pair under the base pair & mark your sewing lines.

4. Add 1″ seam allowance to your markings and cut along this measurement – sewing lines + 1″ seam allowance.

5. Sew along your sewing lines.  Do this for both, front and back side.

Note: for the back piece, there is more fabric from the ‘butt’ portion of your base piece, so you will need to cut along the curved edge, fold over, match the expansion piece and sew!

6. You’re done!


DIY Rehab Maxi

DIY Rehab Maxi

DIY Rehab Maxi
This is a great project for freshening up old jeans from your closet.  It’s pretty quick and anyone can do it!

Have you tried rehabbing some old jeans?  What did you make? I’d love to hear your thoughts on revamping old clothes into new things!

Please comment, like & share!

Xoxo 🙂


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