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When you want to cut the legs off worn or too-short pants to make shorts, lay a pair of shorts that are the perfect length over the pants, matching waist band to waist band. Allow about an inch and a half below the legs of the shorts (for the hem) and cut off the pant legs. Now you can turn up and stitch the bottoms to hem, and your new shorts will be the perfect length.
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If I get a pair of pants and convert them into cutoff shorts, can I use the extra material that I cut off to make cargo pockets?
Jordan Wasatch from Utah
Sure I dont see why not,just copy a pair of cargos to get the idea on placement and size and on how big the pockets should be. You could even follow a picture from a catalog or web page. Happy sewing