Friday, April 2, 2010
Winter Pants become Spring/Summer Shorts Tutorial!
With a houseful of girls that play really hard, come spring, we always have a handful of pants that need to be 'SPRING-A-SIZED'!
(I'm sure most everyone has children that get holes in their knees of their pants!)
Well, here at our house, I cut them off (to extend their wear) and make them into long shorts!!
Here is a fast Tutorial for Winter Pants become Spring/Summer Shorts!
Lay the pants on a flat surface.
Decide the length of your shorts.
Allow for the seam (folding under for your seam, usually 1 inch).
I like to fold up the bottom, so that I can cut across evenly. (1st pic of these 2)
Then cut all the way across both legs (both layers). I like to lay the first one that I cut on top of the other leg, so that the lengths are the same.
SERGE around the bottom (where you will hem them, if you don't have a serger, ZIG-ZAG them. Because only folding up once on the seam will create less bulk).
Pick the thread.
(I like to pick a Copper-Gold or Gold shade, just match it to the stitching on the rest of the pants. It's very handy to have these shades in your thread supply).
Fold the SERGED or ZIG-ZAGed edge under and hem around the bottom.
The finished product.
Time to let the kids hit the playground - Enjoy SPRING :)