Originally Posted on June 13, 2017
I have a super quick and easy tutorial for all my mamas out there. I did this last year and I thought I’d share with you this easy method to change your little one’s winter pants into summer shorts, and the best part is it should only take about 5 minutes. Since the kiddos grow at alarming rates, there’s a good chance her leggings from the winter or spring won’t fit by the coming fall. Instead of packing them away, why not make them into shorts that are perfect for play time or under dresses or skirts. I did this last night with these adorable lemon print pants. It’s such a cute outfit, but once it hits 90 degrees F, I know we’re not going to be wearing pants much more for the rest of the summer. I thought these would work much better as shorts.
Let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
– Leggings you want to turn into shorts
– Pair of shorts for size reference
– The usual (scissors, ruler, thread, marking pencil, sewing machine)
First, lay out the leggings nice and flat, and then lay the shorts over them, just like this.
Use a ruler (or even eyeball it if you’re not picky) to measure about 1 inch past the shorts for the hem. Mark the line across the legs.
Take your scissors and cut across the line.
Now turn the leggings inside out, and fold up the hem, making sure it’s even all around. It really doesn’t matter how much you fold it over, but I’d say about 1/2 inch. You can pin or even iron this if you’d like, but I found that it wasn’t really worth it.
Slide the short leg over your machine (you’ll need to take the storage compartment thing off….I’m sure there’s a technical name for this). Switch your machine to the zig zag stitch.
I like to start stitching at or near the seam. Make sure you reverse stitch, and then continue forward all the way around the leg. You will want to make sure your zig zag stitch overlaps the edge just a little bit to keep the fabric down. When you get all the way around, go past where you started and then reverse again.
Repeat on the other leg. Check to make sure the hem matches the side you just did.
And that’s it! Turn the shorts over and iron. Trim your threads! Now, go ahead and cut through all those leggings, and you’ve got your little one plenty of shorts for summer.