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Shorts, bermudas or capris with a knotted tie at the bottom
I call these pants my "Knot No-Hem Pants" because there's not no hem on them! Get it?! (Laaame.)

But, seriously, instead of hemming the bottom of the pants I added a length of coordinating fabric to create a cute knotted tie. These super-cute, super-easy pants can be made into shorts, bermudas or capris and are easy to make for children OR adults! You also have the option of making your pants from scratch with your own pattern, or simply cutting length off an old pair of pants and refashioning them into something new and cute! So many options and all so simple! So let's get started.

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  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start with a pair of unhemmed pants, cut about 2-3 inches shorter than you want your finished pants to be. You can either make your pants using a pattern and leave them unhemmed, or you can upcycle an old pair of pants by cutting off some length. Your choice, but the second option is definitely easier! :)

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use a serger or zig-zag stitch to finish the edges at the opening of each pant leg.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now let's get ready to add our knotted hem! We're going to cut two rectangles of our coordinating fabric, one for the hem of each leg.

    To find out the dimensions you need to cut your fabric, start by measuring around the circumference of your pant leg. Multiply the measurement by two to get your length. For instance, my pant leg was 11.5 inches, so my length was 23 inches (11.5" x 2 = 23").

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 4
    Step 4

    For your width, determine how many inches of length you want to add to your pants, then double that number. So, for instance, I wanted to add about 3 inches of length to my pants, so I doubled that number and got 6 inches.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut two rectangles in your dimensions (one for each leg).

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now we're going to take our rectangles and make a tube. Take your rectangles of coordinating fabric and fold them in half along their length with right sides facing together. Pin in place and iron to create a crease.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use scissors to cut both ends of your fabric at a slight angle. To make sure all my angles are the same, I like to lay all the ends of the fabric on top of each other and cut at one time.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now sew down the edge and one end of your fabric to create a tube. Be sure to leave one end open so you can flip the tube right side out. Which brings us to our next step...

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 9
    Step 9

    Flip your tube and iron

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 10
    Step 10

    While ironing, fold under the unsewn, angled end of your tube, press and pin in place.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now sew the open end on your tube (the part you just ironed under) shut.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 12
    Step 12

    After you've sewn the open end shut, top-stitch over the other end to make them both match.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 13
    Step 13

    Repeat steps 6-12 on the other rectangle of coordinating fabric.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now it's time to attach the coordinating fabric to the bottom of our pants to create the knot. To do this, take the tube you just made and pin it to the bottom of your pant leg. It may seem contradictory, but you'll want to pin it so that it lays on top of the pant leg and does not add any additional length. (See picture if this doesn't make sense.) In a minute we'll flip it down and iron the seam.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 15
    Step 15

    It's also important to note that when placing your tube on your pants, you want equal amounts of length to extend from the outside of the pant leg. This will be your tie. Make sense? I hope so!

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 16
    Step 16

    Sew all the way around the opening of the pant leg.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 17
    Step 17

    Flip the coordinating fabric down and iron the seam.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 18
    Step 18

    Voila! You have your knotted hem. Now repeat steps 14-17 on the other leg.

  • How to make shorts. Knot No Hem Pants - Step 19
    Step 19

    Once you're finished you should have this! Congratulations! You made your super cute pair of Knot No-Hem Pants! Now wear them around town and show them off! :)

    Thanks for using my tutorial! :)

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Girlienad
Girlienad
Great idea! I have a pair of too-short shorts that I may be able to lengthen and salvage! Thanks
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 373 projects
Cute idea!
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Madison @ Crafty Critique
Madison @ Crafty Critique · 2 projects
Thanks, guys! I appreciate the love. Happy
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PinkWeeds
PinkWeeds · Omaha, Nebraska, US · 207 projects
This is awesome! Super cute!
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
This is SO CUTE!!! I'm going use this idea to make some harem pants. Thank you for sharing. =0D
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