Old Pants into New Shorts for Kids

Old Pants into New Shorts for Kids_2
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From the Blogger: "Are your kids’ bureaus full of outgrown pants with holes ripped in the knees? Don’t throw them out, because you can easily turn them into “new” shorts for the summer! They are a fast way to get more clothes for your children. Cut off the trousers at the knee, fold up the edges to make a hem and use the free arm of the sewing machine to help you sew them in place. Use the scraps from under the knee to make an optional patch pocket!"

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • Pants that fit in the waist
  • Fabric shears
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler or sewing gauge
  • Usual sewing materials (pins, needle, thread)

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The pocket placement on these shorts is really clever and would be super convenient for kids! I especially like the fun minion design, but you could customize these shorts any way you like.


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