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How to Turn Pants Into Shorts and a Bag

Turning 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:

Steps:

  1. Cut the pant legs off right under the back pockets. Set aside the top part (the shorts).
  2. Rip open the seam on one side of both cut-off pant legs.
  3. Now you will have two big squares of fabric that will create the bag.
  4. Undo the seams at the bottom.
  5. 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.
  6. Cut off the one-inch strip off both pieces of fabric.
  7. Iron all the pieces of fabric to aid in a clean sewing process.
  8. 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.
  9. Turn the handle strips right side out. A chopstick can be helpful here.
  10. Fold in 1/2 an inch on the top of bag, then fold it again one inch.
  11. Sew this fold straight across at the edge.
  12. 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.
  13. Now flip the bag right side out.
  14. This is the finished bag.
  15. And a pair of shorts.
  16. Flaunt your new pieces!
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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

How cute Attosa. Too cool! I love it:)

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks, Suz! I'm happy with how these turned out! :)

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

way to go.. love the result

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you! Great for a nice day out shopping, the pair :)

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

Wow, what a great idea.
Thank you for sharing this.

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June 6, 20180 found this helpful

You're so welcome! Hope you get to give it a go :)

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June 6, 20180 found this helpful

Absolutely love the end products, but way out of my league as far as creating them myself. An excellent recycle for old pants none the less!

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June 6, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you, Luann! But if you just cut some pants like in the first step, you have half this craft! Baby steps! ;)

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June 6, 20180 found this helpful

I think I am going to try this with a pair of bell bottom jeans. They have a wide flair so i am only going to use one leg for the bag.

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I am going to make it into an old fashion drawstring purse. Wish me luck. :)

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June 7, 20180 found this helpful

Post a picture when you are done. A bell bottomed drawstring bag sounds really cute.

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June 7, 20180 found this helpful

That sounds awesome! Yes, please post. We'd all love to see it :)

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