Introduction: Turning a Shirt Into Shorts
I absolutely love to up-cycle. So when I found this plaid tunic shirt in the back of my closet, I just had to turn it into something new.
Here is how to convert any shirt into a pair of shorts.
marker of some sort
a pair of shorts (for reference)
Step 1: Cutting
Lay your shirt flat and cut off the sleeves, collar, and any pockets it may have.
If your shirt has a curved bottom edge, cut across the shirt to straighten the it out.
Step 2: Tracing
Fold your shorts in half and lay it on top of the shirt. Trace with a marker, making sure to account for seams. Cut the tracing out.
Repeat a second time.
Once both tracings have been cut out, cut each tracing in half. You should have four pieces of fabric, with each one being a half of a pant leg.
Step 3: Sewing
Place two pieces together (right sides facing in) and pin the curve. Sew closed using a straight stitch. You now have a front and back panel.
Unfold the panels and pin (right sides facing in). Sew the sides closed using a straight stitch.
Pin and sew the crotch closed using a straight stitch.
Step 4: Hemming
Fold the top over to create an elastic channel. Pin and sew using a straight stitch, leaving about an inch un-hemmed.
Measure and cut your desired length of elastic. Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the channel of your shorts. Sew the elastic waistband closed with a zigzag stitch, and close the channel with a straight stitch.