This is a DIY project that will teach you how to turn regular long pants into sweatpants. :) I really wanted a pair of grey sweats to wear around, but for some reason they were just a lot more expensive in stores than the other colours they sell; I decided to alter a pair of regular grey track pants that were too big for me into sweatpants-styled hems!
Step 1: Materials
-regular pants (mine are some cotton Nike ones)*make sure they have a bottom hem width of at least 2cm!
-needle+thread of corresponding colour
-tape+bobby pin or safety pin
-ruler, or some sort of measuring tool
-pencil (for marking stuff. If you're a perfectionist. Like me.)
-sweatpants to follow as guide
-hot glue as replacement for thread and needle. (though not recommended; this is a very basic and incredibly easy sewing project, and it is nearly effortless. Plus, it won't look very nice if you use glue anyway. :P)
Step 2: Cutting
Step 3: Inserting the Elastic Band
First, find a way to attach your elastic to a small but strong object to make it easier to pull through. I clipped a bobby pin to one end and wrapped a piece of tape around it to secure it. You may also use a safety pin for this step. After you're done doing that, sew the extra bit at the end to the opening of the hem. This is to make sure the end doesn't follow the rest of the band in and make your life a lot more difficult. Because you'd have to start over. Which is annoying. And makes your life more difficult. Of course, you can also just use a clip to make it stay there and sew it later, but that method didn't work very well for me.
Anyways, all you have to do is get the whole thing through. The easiest way I found to do this was to first push the bobby pin (which is inside) with my right hand. This will make part of the fabric scrunch up; then hold the pin with your left hand and use your right to pull the fabric flat. It's kind of hard to explain. Hopefully you understand the pictures. :\
When you're done, you'll probably end up with the beginning all smooth and the rest a scrunched up mess. Fear not! Just tug around the whole thing to even things out.
Step 4: Sewing Ends Together
If you have enough thread leftover, just sew the rest of the hem together and end it. Repeat everything on the other pants leg!