Inspired by thrifty and creative women of the past, I will be writing several posts in the upcoming months with a Mend-And-Make-Do theme. In the words of my friend Melissa at Until Wednesday Calls, the focus is on repairing, reusing and generally un-consuming in our daily life. If you'd like to spread the message, please grab the button on the right to post on your blog.
Here are a couple of ideas to recycle knit pants with holes in the knee or pants that are too short.
The red shorts in the middle are made from leggings identical to the green and blue pairs. My red pair had a hole in the knee so I salvaged what I could to make shorts.
Thrifty women of the past always had a button jar. I love them here!
Fold the middle section of the pant in half to form a cuff (example below is unfolded on the left leg, folded on the right).Stitch folded sections to the main pant. If you are using leggings or if your pants are tapered, your new cuff is going to be slightly smaller than the pant leg. Just make a few small pleats. Knits are stretchy and very forgiving.
Every thrifty sewer has a scrap fabric stash. Why not dress up the shorts with some pockets? When making a rounded pocket, don't forget to the clip the corners so that your pocket doesn't pucker when you turn it right side out.
New life for old pants :)
I wrote a similar pants refashioning post last year. See this post for a few more ideas.