June 02, 2011

Upcycled Shorts

I was given a few pairs of shorts that my dad was done with the other day.  On the other hand, Rex only has a couple of pairs of shorts that fit him for the summer.  I decided that we'd make grandpa's shorts Rex's shorts.  Here he is, proud of the fact that grandpa's shorts now fit him.


I used Dana's pants pattern.  I lined it up carefully so that I could keep the existing hems on the bottom.  I just made sure the inseam was the length of a pair of shorts that currently fits him.


To add a little more character I stitched a number 4 on the edge of the shorts.  I have admired THESE pants with the messy number stitching on them, so I tried to mimick them.  I ironed on some fusible interfacing on the inside of the shorts where the number would be stitched (since the shorts were super thin and I planned on doing a lot of stitching).


I doubled up the floss and made a lot of small stitches.  It took a while, but it's work you can do while watching TV.


There's really no trick to it.  It's a messy look and you can just come in and out with the floss wherever it looks right to you.


I have a few more pairs to make him.  It's really nice to be able to reuse the old clothing so I can give him a summer wardrobe for free.  Thank you grandpa!



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29 comments:

  1. Great idea! Love it!

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  2. I love this idea. I wish my son would wear things I've made for him. I gave up on shirts but I may try some shorts.

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  3. These look great! I really love the messy looking four!

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  4. I had to laugh, my dad's old shorts would not make cool kid shorts, so I was in suspense for a minute til I scrolled down to the picture. These are great! I love the shorts and thanks for the embroidery tips. That looks awesome!

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  5. I have a stack of old things I've been meaning to make shorts for my little boy with. I guess I haven't been too rushed since its NEVER SEEMS TO GET WARM FOR LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES (in ID)

    Very cute embroidery work I think I will do something liket that with some of mine too! --good luck with getting some nice weather to use those cute shorts!

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  6. These are so boyishly cute, love the messy 4, and love that they're Grandpa's old shorts. What little boy wouldn't want to show off such awesome little shorts!

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  7. Well I'm loving the way you did the four! I should do that with something on a shirt...we'll see what! :)

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  8. I love them! I know how excited Rex must be, I made Nicole some dress pants out of my mom's old dress pants last month? The month before? Whatever, anyways, she was very excited about the whole thing.

    The other day I wanted to do some applique on knit and I didn't have any interfacing and had learned from my mistakes on just doing for it anyways, and I discovered that if you take some white cotton and starch applique it to the back of you stitching or applique area (google it, it's basically a whole lot of spray starch ironed on and it all sticks) and then trimmed down the cotton when I was done. If you ever want an alternative to iron on interfacing! I always have issues with it in the wash.

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  9. Cute! Love it!

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  10. I'm impressed. Those shorts look like they cost a bundle! Great job. :)

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  11. Your boys have the coolest super hero shirts! With 3 huge super hero fans of my own, I have to ask where you find all of them?

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  12. It would be really cool to see your blooper real. Surely you have one. no one can be so perfect all the time. LOVE IT!

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  13. Awesome. I've been getting into reusing stuff a little more lately too, it's so rewarding. I love being able to use the original hem from items, but I dislike that it messes up the tidiness of the item (because usually the hem is sewn last... oh well!).

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  14. LOVE them! Amazing!

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  15. Really nice! My son also has a couple of upcycled shorts, they are the best & most comfortable!

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  16. I am in love with those shorts! Thank you for sharing.

    The tutorial you referred to is so clear and easy to follow!

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  17. I've done the same thing for my little guy -- mostly because I'm cheap and because he is a chub and all the pants/shorts that fit him in the waist are too long! I've found that the best place to "fabric" is church garage sales -- just show up the last day (or the last couple of hours) and I've gotten a whole bag of clothes for $1 -- just cut them up into fabric for shorts/pants for the little guy. Also made a skirt for my girls and a pair of pants!

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  18. those are so cute and that they're from grandpa's shorts makes them even more special. :)

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  19. Love them! The pattern on the material is so fitting! You are so clever!

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  20. LOVE it! I wish I could sew- oh the possibilities.

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  21. Very nice!! I need to get on with getting my son some more summer clothes made! very inspiring. Thanks!

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  22. love how you tweak stuff and make it better!

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  23. Oh my stars! I am so excited. I am going through my husbands pile of pants he no longer wears so I can do this! Yea! Thank you for sharing.

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  24. Wow! I love them! And I love the messy number!

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  25. I love your sense of style!

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  26. Just curious how you did the waist?

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  27. Angella - I got the shirt he's wearing at Target several months ago. Sometimes they have really cool ones at Nordstrom Rack, too.

    Cheri

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