Turn Her Winter Pants into Summer Shorts in 5 Minutes

Hi!
I have a super quick and easy tutorial for all my mamas out there. I did this last year and I thought I’d share with you this easy method to change your little one’s winter pants into summer shorts, and the best part is it should only take about 5 minutes. Since the kiddos grow at alarming rates, there’s a good chance her leggings from the winter or spring won’t fit by the coming fall. Instead of packing them away, why not make them into shorts that are perfect for play time or under dresses or skirts. I did this last night with these adorable lemon print pants. It’s such a cute outfit, but once it hits 90 degrees F, I know we’re not going to be wearing pants much more for the rest of the summer. I thought these would work much better as shorts.

kids summer shorts tutorial

Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:
– Leggings you want to turn into shorts
– Pair of shorts for size reference
– The usual (scissors, ruler, thread, marking pencil, sewing machine)

First, lay out the leggings nice and flat, and then lay the shorts over them, just like this.

Use a ruler (or even eyeball it if you’re not picky) to measure about 1 inch past the shorts for the hem. Mark the line across the legs.

shorts sewing diy

shorts sewing diy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take your scissors and cut across the line.

shorts sewing diy

Now turn the leggings inside out, and fold up the hem, making sure it’s even all around. It really doesn’t matter how much you fold it over, but I’d say about 1/2 inch. You can pin or even iron this if you’d like, but I found that it wasn’t really worth it.
Slide the short leg over your machine (you’ll need to take the storage compartment thing off….I’m sure there’s a technical name for this). Switch your machine to the zig zag stitch.

shorts sewing diy

kids summer shorts tutorial

I like to start stitching at or near the seam. Make sure you reverse stitch, and then continue forward all the way around the leg. You will want to make sure your zig zag stitch overlaps the edge just a little bit to keep the fabric down. When you get all the way around, go past where you started and then reverse again.

kids summer shorts tutorial

Repeat on the other leg. Check to make sure the hem matches the side you just did.

And that’s it! Turn the shorts over and iron. Trim your threads! Now, go ahead and cut through all those leggings, and you’ve got your little one plenty of shorts for summer.

kids summer shorts tutorial

How adorable these shoes by Carter’s would look with this outfit.

 

I don’t sell leggings, but you can check out my cute baby accessories here: SHOP

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Hi!

So most of you know that I have an Etsy shop where I specialize in handmade baby, children and dog accessories. I was getting an itch to try some new items outside of those categories and decided to try my hand at sewing zipper bags. I’ll probably make a ton of these, but for now 5 will do! These zipper bags are definitely not for beginner sewers, but an intermediate sewer can have some fun with these.

I have a tendency to steer clear of anything with a zipper, and I felt like it’s time to get over this silly fear and tackle it. It is so much easier than I thought. The last time someone (my Aunt) tried teaching me how to sew a zipper I was a child, and the task was much more intimidating.

I tried a few zipper bag tutorials and the first bag I tried was the “Boxie Pouch” by So Chick Handbags & Embroidery. I love the boxy shape which allows you to fit tons of stuff in it. Perfect to gather electronics and wires, or toiletries to throw into a suitcase. These are also a great size for keeping some of these little teether toys and rattles contained. You can easily use waterproof material for the lining. I ended up using stiffer interfacing for the last two I made of these to help them keep their shape. I used Pellon 809 interfacing, which you can buy here on amazon.Pellon Décor Bond Heavy Fusible Interfacing 809P By the Yard

 

 

Link to blog post and tutorial here: Boxie Pouch 

 

 

 

 

 

The other zipper bag I tried is the “My Favorite Zipper Pouch” by Jedi Craft Girl. This one was a little quicker, and it is a great size for travel size toiletries to throw in a purse or diaper bag.

Link to blog post and tutorial here: My Favorite Zipper Pouch

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