Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Earth day Project

So, on Earth day when i did laundry, I discovered a hole in Dominic jeans. Instead of throw them away, I decided to do something more frugal. He has a tiny waist and is really tall so we always buy the adjustable waistband pants. Needless to say, the waist could still fit him till he's 12 probably. Anyways, I decided to turn them into shorts. Last year I just cut them off and washed them. I didn't really like that look so this year I tried something different.

1) Cut the bottoms off the pants and figure out how long you want your shorts. Lay them over the top part and at mid-thigh cut at an angle.

you should have two piece like this when you are done. Do each leg (obviously)
2) Turn the pants inside out and place right sides together, making sure you have the right seams together. Pin in place. Sew with a 1/4-1/2 seam allowance and a small-ish stitch.
4) Press seams on the inside. You may need to cut in a few spots on the seam allowance you made to get it to lay flat.

Done! Or...you could keep going.
5) Randomly make stitches (in a large stitch) in a pattern you like over the seam as well as some other places to distract from the new seam and give a "designer look." Reverse over the stitches many times and make it random!

(My brother Nephi gave me a pair of jeans to fix one time that had stitches a LITTLE like this once, I've always wanted to try it....today was the day).
Dominic's new designer jeans. What? I am a designer technically...lol Now, we'll just see if he wears them. I'll let you know.

3 comments:

Wilkins Family said...

very cute and a great idea!

Nikki said...

so i read your directions and have no idea what you did...i even looked at the pictures. I do love these though! You are so stinking creative!

momhirt said...

use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without! provident living for sure!