Monday, May 20, 2013

kids clothing refashion part 2: three ways to turn pants into shorts!

DIY pants into shorts

Hooray for turning pants into shorts! That means it's finally summer again. In part 1 of this series, I showed you an easy no-sew way to take winter shirts and dresses into spring and summer. In part 2, I'm going to show you how to make shorts, both no-sew and low-sewing involved.



My kids both are skinny, they have lots of pants that still fit them in the waist but are too short. Or honestly, as is the case with my Dude, they have too many pants and not enough shorts! The easiest way to turn pants into shorts is of course, cut offs!

With my Dude's shorts, I didn't have to be careful at all, just cut them off below the pockets!

From this:
DIY pants into shorts

To This!
DIY pants into shorts

With my daughter's shorts I wanted to be a little bit more precise, so I had her try them on first, and marked where I was going to cut.

DIY pants into shorts

Then after I cut one leg, I folded the shorts over and cut the other one exactly the same length:

DIY pants into shorts
SUPER blurry pic, sorry!
Then I ended up with a cute pair of shorts!

DIY pants into shorts

I like her shorts to be a little longer length, because then when she's playing outside they protect a little more of her cute little legs from the harsh Idaho sun. It's always nice to have some more length, too, because then there's a chance they could fit her next year!

She also had a pair of khakis that was getting too short, but instead of turning those into cut offs I opted to hem them for a slightly "nicer" look. You know, so she could conceivably wear them to church or school (like she ever chooses anything but dresses and skirts for those events! HA!).

I used the cut off shorts as a guide for where to cut:

DIY pants into shorts

Then I cut the khakis just a little bit longer then the denim shorts, for seam allowance:


Then I turned the raw edge under about 1/4 of an inch, then turned in under again another 1/4 of an inch, ironed it and pinned it in place:

DIY pants into shorts

And sewed it down:

DIY pants into shorts

I ended up with this cute pair of knee length shorts!


My girl is pretty excited. She even agreed to put them on so I would take pictures of her! So here she is wearing her new, super cool shorts:

DIY pants into shorts

They're not as "twirly" and "fancy" as a skirt, but for some activities (like the park) short are pretty much required. So even though they might not be the most popular refashion in our household, Momma is happy!

~Jessica

12 comments:

  1. Yup...it's that time again! I've got a pile of pants that are ready to become shorts. Since I have more than usual this year, I might let Bella bleach pain a pair!!

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  2. Great tutorial. My kids outgrow their pants so fast and I love that this helps to stretch out the wear of them a bit longer.

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  3. Great way to get more wear out of kids clothing. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I need to do this with my daughter's pants. They all seem to have holes in the knees.

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  5. Great tips - I think I need to do it on mine as well!

    I would love for you to link up at the Empty Your Archive party which has children's clothes as one of it's themes this week - Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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    1. Thanks Alice! I went and did that, love your site!

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  6. Would love to invite you to my link up that goes live at 7am in the morning. We pin all those who join to our party board on pinterest.
    http://myfashionforwardblog.com/2013/05/23/all-things-pretty-9/

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    1. Thank you Leslie! I will do that for sure!

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  7. It's amazing how long kids can keep getting taller without getting wider! My son is 8 and still has some shorts made out of pants he wore when he was 3! He had some pants with a lining that made the shortsification process more complicated, but we figured it out, as explained in my article on making pants into shorts.

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  8. I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

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  9. Adorable!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  10. Great idea, refashion all the to short pants! Thank you so much for linking up. Hope to see more from you on my next linky party.

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