facebooktwitterbloglovinpinterestflikrrss feed

it’s starting to get warm…(i might have just jinxed us though) (pants-to short)

(i have to start putting what the post is ACTUALLY about in my title…cause with the move to wordpress i’ve been trying to find some things..and i can’t. cause i choose humor over practicality. and everything is labeled HORRIBLY.)

 

it’s summer. no. it’s spring. but with the start of 50 degree weather my kids start dreaming of popsicles and request the sprinkler under the trampoline.

i saw a picture once that showed 50 degrees in utah..and it was all flip flops and tank tops..and then 50 degrees in california and it’s all winter coats and earmuffs.

 

tis true. it gets about 5o and we are outside enjoy the non freezing weather.

so when over easter/spring break it was over 60, we knew we were ready to unwinterize our closets and see what we need for summer.

ie shorts.

ie we didn’t have any.

ie i don’t know ie stands for

ie we did have lots of high water pants. and holy jeans…

so whats a cheap mom to do?

 

pants to shorts

that’s right.. a little snip snip..cut off the bottom of those pants and make them shorts!

cut

it’ so easy….but for how cheap i am…i don’t want them to look cheap..so here’s a couple tricks that will help make them look store bought:

hem shorts to pants

1. the 1-2 stitch…(like the one two step–but less music and dancing and more sewing)

hem

 look down at the pants you are wearing…most hems have not one stitch. but 2. 2 makes it look pro….so add that double stitch! (i’ve been having my daughter help with sewing…so don’t look too closely at the stitches..they are a little wavy!)

DSC02301

2.the split hem…(my personal favorite)

split hem

 you cut it off a little longer than you want…and unpick the out side seam–you can do this 2 inches..you can do this 4 inches….

DSC02332

then you sew it up and down and then hem (using the 1-2 stitch)

DSC02714 DSC02367shorts

3. bias tape hem.. bias tape hem (man..i really should snip my strings) (and they are really the same length. her legs must be uneven)

made some bias tape (you can follow THESE instructions)
DSC02329

then without rolling up or anything i just pin it all around the bottom… DSC02330 DSC02331

sew it up! DSC02347 4. the daisy duke.

daisy duke

the ragged look is in. but when you wash..they keep fraying and fraying and fraying. so i just run a little stitch above where you cut if off. keeps the fraying to a minimum.
DSC02345

5. the cuffed hem.

cuffed hem

this one is my daughters favorite. she likes rolling them up once. so to keep them from not rolling down–i just add 4 little stitches

DSC02341

one on each side and one in the middle..

then after you done sewing your pants into shorts you can add any little embellishments you want.

DSC02339

i found this peace sign in my stash..so i ironed it on.. DSC02349 DSC02350

and this little purple patch is just fabric sewed on…
DSC02347

and then there was that time i glitterfied her butt pockets…

and you could add some lace lacy-shorts1

(what can we say..we don’t like boring old shorts!)

this post is participating in

31 Days of Summer Fun

so follow along and get yourself all prepared for flip flop weather!

signatured

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.