Part of my love probably stems from the fact that I love these jeans. They fit my daughter so well, the shape is so cute on her!
I decided to take a risk, and cut them up.
So, I lined up the outside of each leg on the cutting mat against a ruler edge. Then, I cut out the holey section of the jean with straight lines. I made sure that I cut out the same size strip from each leg, and at the same height.
Princess and the Pea quilt that I did. So, these were “mattresses.” I had really messed up with the spacing on that one, so I had cut a substantial amount off – enough to do this project.
I like the effect on the jeans so much though, that I would make blocks of fabric again like this specifically for jeans. So, basically those were 2” strips of coordinating fabric that were sewn together lengthwise.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: The long section of jean is the right measurement, because it already has a seam allowance factored in. That is from unstitching the jean. But the WIDTH is not fine. It should be ½” wider than your jean strip, to account for the seams! I messed up here. As you can see in the picture, I cut around my jean strip exactly. I didn’t realize this until I had sewed it on - but I was able to make up for it with the second strip. It worked out fine, but it would have been better to do it right.
It would have made the jean ½” shorter overall had I not fixed my mistake.
Once you have the new fabric cut properly, take the two short ends and sew them right sides together – using the same seam allowance that your jean had. Mine had ¼” seams.
Once you figure this out, turn your new fabric inside out and slip it over the leg of the jean. Place that correct edge flush with the cut jean, and pin. Right sides will be together. Sew with 1/4” seam allowance, and finish with a zig-zag stitch right along the edge.