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Reusing Wornout Capri Pants

I have a pair of black linen capri pants that tore across the rear yesterday. This is the second tear in these pants, and the linen just seems very worn, so I don't think they're worth patching again.


I'm ever so slowly becoming more thrifty-minded, so even though my first instinct would have been to just throw them out, I'm wondering if anyone out there has any suggestions on how to reuse them. I know I can use the fabric for rags, but any other fun suggestions are welcome too! Thanks.

Courtney from NH

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By jean (Guest Post)
August 14, 20070 found this helpful

Depending where on the rear the tears are, you could cut off the legs, and use the top as a tote bag, making handles from the legs. Or you could stuff the cut off legs and make two neck roll pillows
If the top 8-10 inches of the top are still good, you could use that as the top of a skirt by attaching more fabric to the bottom in a print or stripe to make it as long as you like.


Just measure around the bottom of your cut off top, add 2 inches to that for the side seams, and measure the length you want the skirt to be, plus 2 inches for the top attaching seam, and bottom hem. This would give you a one-of-a kind skirt.

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August 15, 20070 found this helpful

Let your imagination go wild. What do you need? How can this work towards filling that need?
Christmas is coming. Who do you need a gift for?
Pillows are a great idea for black linen.
If you sew, you could use them to create a pattern to make another pair.
Small draw string bags for gift giving or jewelry storage.
Cut the pant leg off, hem it, put a handle on it, and use it to store plastic bags.
Cut into squares for a crazy quilt.


(google that, you'll love it).
Barbie clothes and blankets.
Welcome to the world of thrifty living. It's fun here.

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August 15, 20070 found this helpful

Black linen would be a nice texture to use as a background in a framed picture?

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