Refashion Camp Day 4: How to Make Comfy T-shirt Pants

by This is Carrie on September 23, 2010

On day four, I was excited to show the girls how to turn a T-shirt into cropped pants (or shorts).  With this project, they learned how to make a casing and insert elastic.  Those who finished early got to dig through my bag o’ fabric scraps & add some applique embellishment to their pants.

Basic tutorial for the Comfy T-shirt pants can be found HERE although I prefer an to cute an “all-in-one casing” with elastic instead of a separate waistband.

Using the basic technique laid out in the tutorial, depending on the size of the shirt, you can make cropped pants or shorts for adults, teens, and even pants for the little ones.

*Note: The “T-shirt Refashion camp” series will cover the projects I did with a cute group of 8-11 year old girls this past summer, but the projects are great for beginning sewers/refashioners of any age.

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Amy September 23, 2010 at 11:31 am

I just very quickly did this and it is awesome! I will be trying again only this time I will take more time and play a little. I can’t wait to try it for my little ones! Thanks for posting this!

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Kristen September 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

aww how cute! And I love the dog sitting there too :)

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TracyKM September 28, 2010 at 10:12 am

I made two pairs of pants from t-shirts this summer (posted both on my blog). I made the version though where you can keep the front/back design as one piece. So, you don’t cut up the center front. I would think it would be even easier for young kids to make this version as they don’t have to worry about cutting straight (as long as the shirt has side seams…the second one I did didn’t have side seams to cut along, but it was still easier than when I tried to cut neatly up the front of a t-shirt). My biggest problem was finding shirts I’d actually wear as pants, LOL. They are very comfy though!

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