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26 March 2011

Mend and Make Do When Your Leggings Wear Out

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!
Here's how:   
 Fold your pants/leggings in half and cut off mid thigh.  Set aside the bottom cuff for another project.
 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.

 (Side view)
 New life for old pants :)

I wrote a similar pants refashioning post last year.  See this post for a few more ideas.

7 comments:

Debbie V said...

just adorable

casserole said...

These are so cute!!! Leggings get such heavy wear at our house.

I linked to your how-to on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-turn-worn-out-leggings-into-cute-shorts/2011/03/27/

--Anne

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Excellent "make do post" I have a stack of leggings with holes in the knees. My daughter refuses to wear jeans, so our leggings take a beating.

marisa said...

great idea!!! Thanks!

cucicucicoo said...

excellent idea! i know my daughter's leggings are all wearing out, so this will work great! :) lisa

Kelly said...

Thanks so much for the inspiration! Just made some cute 'pedal-pushers' out of leggings with torn knee. If I knew how to post a pic I would!

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