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Amelia’s Ruffled Pants, Jeans Refashion Sewing Tutorial

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This ruffled pants sewing pattern was a joy to write. Though making a step by step tutorial involved more work than I had imagined the result was extremely gratifying. This refashion tutorial will be a breeze for a beginner seamstress and you will end up with a unique finished product that will make you proud. Amelia’s Ruffled pants will undoubtedly add a touch of fun to your little girl’s wardrobe.
This pants takes less than 1/2 yard of fabric and can be a great way to use any leftover fabric in your stash. I have had this polka dot fabric for quite some time now and didn’t know what to do with it. I dearly hold on to any small piece thinking I might be able to put it to use sometime in the future. You never know what ideas you might get when the creative bug bites.
My little niece hates wearing her jeans and this girly twist to her boring jeans made her eyes sparkle. The belt can be tied on to the jeans or on to your little girl’s hair to get a totally different look. You don’t have to limit yourself to polka dot fabrics, try a floral or a stripe to add your own touch.  Experiment with the length of the ruffle, keep it short to get a ruffled Capri. This pants will look best when paired with a simple white top. I think a peasant top would work great too.  You can mix and match it with different tops to add variety to your wardrobe. So grab your sewing notions and join me as I walk you through every step of this Blissful Sewing Project!

Amelia’s Ruffled Pants


Take your old jeans and cut 8 ½ inches from the hemline as shown. I am using a 6-year-old’s jeans. You might have to cut less if you are working with smaller size jeans. It is best to cut it 2- 3 inches below the knee level.


Measure the cut hemline on one side.


Cut two pieces of fabric for the ruffle at the bottom. The width of the fabric should be 9 ½ inches. If you had cut off less than 8 ½ inches from your jeans, then add 1 inch to the length you cut off to get your ruffle length. The length of the fabric piece should be 4 times the width of the cut hemline on one side plus one inch for the seam. For example, if your cut hemline  measured 5 inches. The total length should be (5 X 4) plus 1 inch = 21 inches. You can add more width if you like it very ruffly.


Take one of the fabric pieces. Fold in one of the long raw edges by ¼ inch, fold again by another ¼ inch and sew.


Now align the shorter sides and sew with a ½ inch seam


You get a tube as shown above


Make a basting stitch ( the longest stitch on your machine after making the upper tension zero) along raw edge. You will start and end near the side seam without backstitching.


Pull the thread and cut it leaving a long tail.


Pull the thread gently to gather the raw edge. Gather it till it measures the same as the cut hemline of your jeans


Insert the cut end of the jeans into the right side of the ruffles as shown by the arrow.


Adjust the gathers once again and pin in place aligning the side seam of jeans with the side seam of the ruffles.


Sew the ruffles to the jeans just inside the stitch made for gathering and follow with a zig-zag stitch on the seam to prevent fraying.


Turn it right side out and you have your first ruffled leg ready. Repeat with the other side.


Now make the belt as shown below.

Making the Belt


Take 2 long strips of fabric 2 inches wide and 44 or 45 inches long.


Cut the ends slanting as shown by 1 ½ inches


Fold the longer edges in by ¼ inches and press


Keep the right sides together taking care not to open the fold you just made


Sew the 3 sides as shown by the red line leaving the folded side open with a 3/8 inch seam.


Turn it inside out


Cut out the part jutting out. You might have to trim it a little inside the belt too.


Iron the belt to make it flat.


Top stitch all around the belt closing the opening on the folded side. Your belt is now ready.



Tie it after passing through the loops.


Enjoy your new  Amelia’s Ruffled Pants!

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Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Do you use a regular needle or Jean needle 🪡 just wondering beginner to sewing thanks g


Saturday 10th of September 2022

I use a regular needle.


Tuesday 31st of July 2012

Beautiful upcycle!!! Thank you so much for coming by today :) Your latest follower, hugs



Friday 20th of July 2012

thanks for the tutorial !!

Rachel Ward

Tuesday 17th of July 2012

These are so cute! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!


Tuesday 17th of July 2012

This is soooo FUN! Great way to re-use jeans that might have gotten too short!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!