I love t-shirt reconstruction. This tutorial will show you how to make cute shorts that can be any length for about $2.50, and you do not have to be a master at sewing - I'm sure not.
Step 1: Materials
You will need a shirt, I am using an extra large craft one that I bought for 1.99 at Michael's craft store.
You will also need a sewing machine or needle and thread, I like using a sewing machine though.
And extra material is optional.
Lay your shirt out flat to start.
Step 2: Cutting
To start you want to cut off both the arms and the top.
Note that the amount that you take off the arms will determine how large the seam at the crotch will be. I did not cut enough on this one. You may want to measure.
Then cut the shirt in half down the middle. I folded mine in half to make sure it came out just right.
Step 3: Unfold and Sew
If you unfold the two pieces they should both look like this now. Place them face together (have the outsides facing in) and sew along the 'u' shape.
Step 4: Turn into Pants
This is the tricky part to understand. If you have experience with sewing, or can think three dimensionally this shouldn't be too difficult. Imagine that these two parts are each a leg. They are what you will be putting your legs through.
Step 5: Sew the Outer Seams
All you have to do now it turn it inside out, and sew the outer seams together. Think about turning already made pants inside out and it will be easier.
Step 6: Add a waist band
I like thick waist bands. Because I made the pants too shallow, I will add a waist band to expand the area.
This is just some fabric from an old project.
What I did was fold it over itself. Remember that you can always just hem the edges though, and finish the project without this part.