Detached sleeves from old pants tutorial!
I’m NOT a great seamstress, but I got this idea when I discovered that an old pair of jeans I had were ripped in the inner thigh area. Not wanting to throw them out or patch them up again, I decided to get crafty!
Step one: WASH YOUR PANTS FIRST. cut legs of pants off at the knees.
Step two: put the smaller end of the pants (I used skinny jeans, so that’s the ankle part) around your forearm. Fold over so it fits securely, but not too tightly, and secure with either a safety pin or a straight pin.
Step three: use a yarn needle with a wide eye and yarn in a contrasting color. Thread the needle and tie a knot at the end by wrapping it around your finger.
Step four: put the needle through the folded edge and pull through in an overcast/whipstitch. My sewing skills aren’t great and the stitches are more than a bit uneven, but that gets better with practice. Go around the entire upper part and knot at the end.
Step five: I tried to do another overcast at the bottom, but it ended up being some kind of weird chain stitch. Go crazy! You can keep stitching or cover with contrasting fabric. Whatever you like!
Step six: Take the needle and make diagonal stitches down the seam of the sleeve on both sides. You don’t have to do this; I just thought it looked cool. Be careful when stitching over the inseam—sometimes, the yarn gets stuck. Pull it through firmly but gently, or you might break the yarn thread.
Step seven: repeat for the other arm.
And you’re done! This took me all of an hour to do and that’s because I was making it up as I went along. It’s not nearly a clean or finessed piece, but I’m mostly happy with how this came out.