DIY: Pants to Shorts

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Recently, I was going through my wardrobe and getting rid of the stuff I haven’t worn in a while, but I kept an eye out for things that I could mend or refashion. I thought these khakis would be a perfect candidate for a refashioning that would combine a couple of details from these shorts I found on Pinterest.

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So here’s a simple tutorial on how to turn pants into a cute pair of shorts – just in time for summer. (Click on images for a closer look.)

Step 1:
Determine the length you want your shorts, taking into account additional length for rolling them up, and cut the legs off with scissors or, for a super straight cut, a rotary cutter.
CutOffLegs

Step 2:
Open the leg bottoms and remove all seams and hems.
RemoveSeams

Step 3:
Cut the leg bottoms into strips. To determine the width of your strips, measure your belt loops and add 1/4″. After you sew the sash, it’ll be narrow enough to slip through the belt loops.
CutStrips

Step 4:
Cut 45 degree angles on each strip end, overlap two strips right-sides-together, and sew a 1/4″ seam. Press seam open. Connect all strips together in this manner making two equal lengths. Determine the length of your sash by measuring your waist and doubling or tripling that length (depending on how big of a bow you want to be able to tie).
ConnectStrips
PinStrips
SewStrips
PressStripSeams

Step 5:
Pin sashes, right-sides-together, and sew a 1/4″ seam on both long sides and one short side. Trim corners.
PinSash
SewSash

Step 6:
Turn sash right-side-out and press. Edgestitch all four sides, closing the open short end.
TurnSash
EdgestitchSash

Step 7:
Finish the raw edge of the shorts. I used pinking shears and a zigzag stitch. If you have a serger, that would be best (also, I’m totally jealous of you).
FinishRawEdges

Step 8:
Insert the sash and roll the shorts (if you’d like, tack them in place with a needle and thread so they don’t come unrolled). Enjoy!
FinishedShorts

Comments

  1. Erica says:

    This is such a great idea! I even have some pants that shrank in the wash to an awkward length and this tutorial will make those wearable again! :)

  2. Laura says:

    Oh man, what a fabulous idea! I love the sash that you made; it’s a great detail.

  3. Ann Wright says:

    Funny I was just telling my friends I was going to take jeans.pants shirts & cut them off & make shorts , short sleeve shirts. I really like these items i have in my closet but why go out and buy new when i can take these up in waist and get a use out of them this summer. Yesterday I made chevron bias tape/sash to put on my shirts, pants, bath wraps.
    thanks for the tutorial.

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