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How To Turn Pants Into Cute Shorts
I wanted to make a cute pair of shorts that were work appropriate. I was digging through my closet and came across these pants that were just okay and decided they would make a perfect pair of shorts.

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  • How to make shorts. Dull Pants To Sassy Short - Step 1
    Step 1

    First you will need an old pair of pants.

  • How to make shorts. Dull Pants To Sassy Short - Step 2
    Step 2

    Put on your pants and mark where the knees are. I used pins but you can use safety pins or anything that will stick on like tape.

  • How to make shorts. Dull Pants To Sassy Short - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next you need to figure out how short you want your shorts to be. I wanted mine to be no more than 2" above then knee so I could wear them to work so I measured up half and inch above my marked knee and cut the legs off. You can mark a straight line to make it nice and even. Keep the extra leg bits, you will need them later.

  • How to make shorts. Dull Pants To Sassy Short - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once the legs were cut off I serged the edges of the pants leg. If you don't have a surger you can do a small hem, use a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine or use pinking sheers.

  • How to make shorts. Dull Pants To Sassy Short - Step 5
    Step 5

    I measured up one inch with my ruler (see above image) and pressed it firmly down using lots of steam on the iron.

  • How to make shorts. Dull Pants To Sassy Short - Step 6
    Step 6

    Then I used the pressed edge as a guide and folded it up another inch. Once it was even I pressed it firmly with the iron again. That's it for the shorts, if you want to secure your legs a bit more you can always hand tack the folds down at the seams.

  • How to make shorts. Dull Pants To Sassy Short - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now grab those discarded legs because we are going to make a matching belt out of them. I needed 4 18" long 2" wide pieces for mine. Take your ruler and mark and cut the required pieces out of a pant leg. I kept the pre-existing hem on two of the pieces and cut it off of the other two.

  • How to make shorts. Dull Pants To Sassy Short - Step 8
    Step 8

    I placed the hemmed pieces on the two ends of the belt and pinned all the pieces together. I sewed those on the machine and serged and pressed the seams. I also did a small 1/4" hem down each side of the belt to finish it off.

  • How to make shorts. Dull Pants To Sassy Short - Step 9
    Step 9

    Last but not least I wore my shorts and looked fabulous, and now you can too!

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
oooh, sassy!
and very cool and cute

thanks for the tutorial!
I will be trying these, seeing as it should be summer here in England soon...?
well... we'll see about that one!! xD
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