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How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag


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How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - tote bag and shortsTurning a pair of pants into a pair of shorts and a matching bag is fun and easy to do. I've had these eccentric pants for decades and I thought it was time for a change as the days warm up.

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Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 pair of shorts and 1 bag

Supplies:

  • 1 pair of pants
  • scissors
  • seam ripper
  • tape measurer
  • iron
  • sewing machine
How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Cut the pant legs off right under the back pockets. Set aside the top part (the shorts).
  2. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - cut pant legs off below the pocket
     
  3. Rip open the seam on one side of both cut-off pant legs.
  4. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - open one side seam on each leg
     
  5. Now you will have two big squares of fabric that will create the bag.
  6. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - you now have two large squares of fabric for the bag
     
  7. Undo the seams at the bottom.
  8. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - undo hems
     
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  9. Measure both pieces of fabric for your squares, leaving an extra one-inch piece of fabric where you're going to cut off strips to make bag handles.
  10. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - measure fabric
     
    How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - leave one inch for handles
     
  11. Cut off the one-inch strip off both pieces of fabric.
  12. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - cut the one inch strip lengthwise on both legs
     
  13. Iron all the pieces of fabric to aid in a clean sewing process.
  14. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - iron strips
     
    How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - iron squares
     
  15. Turn the two bag squares and two handle strips so the inside is facing out. Sew the squares together on the sides and bottom. Fold the strips in half, then sew up the long sides and bottom.
  16. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - turn strips and squares wrong side up and sew
     
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  17. Turn the handle strips right side out. A chopstick can be helpful here.
  18. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - turn handles right side out a chopstick will work
     
  19. Fold in 1/2 an inch on the top of bag, then fold it again one inch.
  20. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - fold top edge of bag
     
  21. Sew this fold straight across at the edge.
  22. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - sew the folded edge
     
  23. Place the handle ends on the inside of the bag on both sides and sew them into place. I used a big zig zag stitch on each end.
  24. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - sew handles to sides using a zig zag stitch
     
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  25. Now flip the bag right side out.
  26. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - turn the bag right side out
     
  27. This is the finished bag.
  28. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - finished bag
     
  29. And a pair of shorts.
  30. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - and shorts
     
  31. Flaunt your new pieces!
  32. How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag - bag and shorts from pants
     
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