Category: Repurpose

August 29, 2014

turn shirts into shorts

Filed under: Repurpose,Sewing - 29 Aug 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

September 23, 2013

Sewing for Kindergarten

Filed under: Pattern,Repurpose,Sewing,Tutorials - 23 Sep 2013

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

Mie at Sewing Like Mad came up with an amazing idea this year after seeing how many bloggers had kids starting Kindergarten. And wouldn’t you know it, Sofia started in August and I jumped at the chance to participate! There have been a ton of amazing tutorials and posts full of lovely pictures and ideas and I’m thrilled to share mine today.

Sweater dresses have a big place in my heart. They’re warm and cozy, but still offer a great girly flavor.

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

Sofia is LOVING Kindergarten and has been jumping out of bed every morning to rush out the door. Nearly every day she asks me to wear a dress so I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive dresses for her. For many years I’ve wanted to make the majority of her wardrobe and I’m finally on the right track.

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

I’m a sucker for a good upcycle and when I spotted this bright, oversized sweater in my local thrift shop, I knew I had to have it.

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

And can you believe it, it was dirt cheap!

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

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November 19, 2010

Baby Yoga Pants

Filed under: Repurpose,Sewing - 19 Nov 2010

I have all these cute onesies people gave us or I bought when Sofie was Chloe’s age. She didn’t wear them often because the only pant options I had for them was jeans, and I’m really funny about fabrics for baby. But since during the winter months we don’t get out much, I decided I’d take advantage of our long sleeve onesies by making Chloe some yoga-style pants to bum around the house in.

So, using an old shirt of mine that was too short, and the same 12m pants pattern I made for these jammies, I turned this shirt

into these pants!

And they fit her like an absolute dream!

       

She sure is going to be comfy this winter!

       

I can’t wait to clean out my closet and repurpose pants for her in every color and pattern under the sun!

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