turn shirts into shorts

August 29, 2014

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Every year my girls go through piles of bike shorts. They live in dresses and since we teach modesty, so there’s always a pair of shorts under every dress. With 3 girls, that’s a lot of bike shorts! They get pretty expensive, even with sales, so I decided to clean out my closet and turn old shirts of mine that were too short/stained/little and make them into a pile of new bike shorts!

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

The girls LOVE them! They’re softer than the store bought version.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

And each pair takes me less than 15 minutes to make, start to finish.

Take a pair of bike shorts your daughter currently wears and trace to to make a pattern. You’ll need to add about 1″ to the top to allow for the elastic waistband, but we’re utilizing the finished hem of the shirt so you don’t need to add to the bottom.

Place your pattern piece even with the bottom hem of the shirt. **Hint: if you lay your shirt down inside out, your already have right sides together and can start sewing without flipping them.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Sew the front and back rises. You can make these shorts without a serger, just use a long stretch stitch, or a shallow zigzag.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Then sew the inseam.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Grab you elastic and overlap the ends by 1/2″ and stitch. This pair fits 2-4 so I used 19″ of elastic.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Turn your shorts right side out, and with your front and back seams matched, mark the sides of your shorts with pins.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Do the same with your elastic.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Place the elastic inside the shorts and match the pins. Pin the elastic to the shorts, keeping the top edge of the elastic even with the top edge of the shorts.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Sew around the top edge of the shorts. If you don’t have a serger, zigzag along the top.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Flip the elastic down inside the shorts, making sure to keep the edge flush inside, stretching a little as needed to keep it even, and stitch down near the bottom of the elastic.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

And you’ve got a new pair of bike shorts!

Make sure to keep the rest of your shirt to reuse! You can turn the sleeves into leggings or a diaper cover, reuse the neck binding, and the rest of the shirt body can be trim pieces on knit tees or appliques.

Visit these other blogs today to see more awesome refashion projects!

Refashion blog hop

  1. Vintage pillowcase upcycle by Sew Country Chick
  2. Large tee to adorable dress by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
  3. Rit Dye upcycle by While Camden Sleeps
  4. 15 minute tank upcycle by Raegun Ramblings
  5. Men’s shirt refashion by Made with Moxie
  6. Women’s tank & tee to girl’s tunic & leggings refashion by Andrea’s Notebook
  7. 15 minute tee into bike shorts by Sew Like My Mom
  8. Fringe cardigan upcycle by Rebel and Malice
  9. Mu-muu refashion by Lil’ Bit & Nan by Bethany

The Polly Tote

August 27, 2014

I dreamed up the concept for this bag years ago but for some reason, never took the steps to put it into reality.

Until now!

Introducing The Polly Tote!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

She’s unassuming at first glance. An oversized tote with a zippered pocket on the outside. But hiding behind that little pink zipper? Every Mom’s dream come true!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom



I could cue horrible infomercial announcer voice here and start telling you how difficult it is to wrangle a handful of kids, bags of groceries, an unruly child–all at once while trying to walk through a parking lot. It’s nearly impossible, right? I only have 2 hands, but 4 kids, and that math just doesn’t add up. They don’t want to touch each other, ew her hands are sticky, she pushed me, etc. Sound familiar?

Well, Polly to the rescue!!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

OH. EM. GEE.

I can’t believe I waited so many years to make this incredible tote!! We just played with it in the Preschool parking lot, but I can’t wait to run errands! They all actually stayed with me, held on without pushing, complaining, or whining. It. was. ah-mazing.

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

You can customize how many hand holds are hidden in your pocket and pull out only as many as you need at any given time. It’s not your average Mom tote, that’s for sure!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

Inside the bag is another zippered pocket, plus 3 oversized pockets for storing all the diapers/wipes/toys/crapola that accumulates in a Mom bag.

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

Ollie loved putting my phone in and out of the pockets! We ALL adore our new helper!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

I named her Polly because of her many functions (get it? Poly?), and she doesn’t disappoint. Are you ready to make your own? Read on to find out how! Visit the Riley Blake blog for the full free tutorial!

Super Saturday Giveaway

August 23, 2014

It’s Super Saturday!! I’m teaming up with an awesome list of blogging buddies to give away loads of goodies today!

My own contribution is one copy of each of my 4 patterns PLUS 3 yards of fabric from my very own stash! One lucky winner is in for a treat, will it be you?!

Sew Like My Mom | super-saturday

Super fun Super Saturday Giveaway, right?

To enter, leave me a comment telling me about your fabric preferences. Cottons? Knits? Do you despise florals but love geometric prints? Orange is outrageous but purple is pleasant? I want to send you fabric you love! Two additional entries can be earned by liking Sew Like My Mom and The Daily Sew on Facebook. These are not mandatory, just more virtual names in the hat.

Winner will be drawn at 12:00am EST on 8/30. Don’t delay, get your entries in today!

Don’t forget to return to The Daily Sew each hour today to discover a new giveaway opportunity!

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