How Can I Make a Pair of Pants Into Shorts?

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How Can I Make a Pair of Pants Into Shorts?
A pair of shorts can be easily made using an old pair of trousers. (thin waist woman in big shorts over white image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from

When summer comes around each year, many people may find that they need additional warm-weather clothing. At the same time, cold-weather clothing such as trousers may be worn out and frayed at the hems after being worn all winter. There is a way to remedy both of these problems with one solution: Instead of going out and buying a new pair of shorts, it's much cheaper (and environmentally friendly) to turn an old pair of trousers into shorts. With basic sewing skills, you can make shorts out of a pair of trousers in practically no time at all.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Put the trousers on and use a piece of chalk to mark each of the pant legs directly above each knee. Take the trousers off again.

  2. 2

    Cut the pant legs off straight across each of the chalk marks, cutting through both layers of fabric.

  3. 3

    Turn the shorts inside out. Fold over the raw edge of each leg 1/4 inch (or up to 2 inches for cuffed shorts) and iron the fold in place.

  4. 4

    Fold over the bottom of the legs 1/4 inch more and sew the hems in place. Turn the shorts right-side out.

Tips and warnings

  • Mark and cut the pant legs higher up the thigh to make shorter shorts. Start longer than you want at first, as it is always easy to cut more fabric.

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