Upcycled T Shirt Shorts: how to reuse the original hem

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upcycled tshirt shorts

Here’s the second part of the series on shorts and pants made with the MADE pattern. (Did you read the first part about my shorts made from scraps of a duvet cover?) I’m really happy with how these shorts came out because they’re really soft and comfortable for playing in, plus I love the color.

upcycled t shirt shorts

But probably what I love most about these is that I didn’t have to hem them because I reused the original hems of this t shirt I bought used for €1.

upcycled t shirt shorts

First you need to figure out how much fabric gets folded under to make your pattern’s hems. In this case, you had to first fold under 1/2 inch then another 1 inch, for a total of 1.5 inches.

upcycled t shirt shorts

Measure that distance from the bottom of the pattern and draw a line with a pencil. I found it easier to fold the paper along that line.

upcycled t shirt shorts

Lay the t-shirt out on a flat surface, line up the fold of the pattern with the t-shirt’s hem. (You can see that I print out my PDF patterns on recycled paper!)

upcycled t shirt shorts

My t shirt had a large image on the front, so in order to get my pieces to fit in I had to put the pieces upside down.

upcycled t shirt shorts

After cutting out the main pieces, I went onto the pockets. I managed to cut the two parts of the first pocket from the two layers of t-shirt together in one corner.

upcycled t shirt shorts

But I had to cut the second pocket’s pieces from two different parts of the t-shirt because of the writing on it. There was no place to cut them from the two layers together, so for the second piece I had to turn the pattern over, otherwise I would’ve ended up the wrong side of the fabric showing on one side of the pocket.

upcycled t shirt shorts

Continue following the sewing instructions. Here are the pockets attached.

upcycled t shirt shorts

When you get to the part of sewing the inner legs and outer sides, you need to be careful to line up the already-sewn hems.

upcycled t shirt shorts

And there you have some perfect hems made without any folding, measuring or ironing!

upcycled t shirt shorts

It’s not so important if the waist side isn’t perfectly lined up because you’ll just be folding that inwards anyway to make the elastic casing.

upcycled t shirt shorts

The rest of the process is all the same. So saving yourself a bit of work, you’ll end up with perfect shorts!

upcycled tshirt shorts

Those pockets are super useful for all those tiny things that kids just love carrying around with them.

pantaloncini in Sardegna

And the shorts are perfect for playing and taking walks! Here Mr. Nicky is taking a break on the Giara di Gesturi plateau in Sardinia. Aren’t they perfect with those shoes?! So take that t shirt that nobody’s used for years and make something from it that will get used all the time!

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  1. Grazie per la dritta del sito MADE…ci ho subito attinto e realizzato due simple skirt e un burp coth per il bebè in arrivo! Ora mio marito mi ha richiesto un pantaloncino come questo per se…ma non credo che basti una vecchia maglietta per farglieli! Lena

    • Auguri per il piccolo in arrivo! Che bella notizia! Sì, Dana ha un sacco di progetti carinissimi e molto utili e semplici da realizzare. Poi mi devi far vedere se riesci a ricavare un pantaloncino per tuo marito. Forse ci vorrebbero un paio di magliette di colore uguale. Buon lavoro!

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