Tutorial to Refashioning Shorts for Toddlers or Kids

Toddler Short Outfit for Summer Re Fashion from Old T shirt 

“This post was originally published at MomItForward.com on May 12, 2014.”
I was allowed to guest post on Mom It Forward back in April but due to the computer troubles and losing everything I didn’t get it finished till May. This is proof that you should ALWAYS backup your pictures. I wouldn’t have had them if I had not.
I was so proud of this tutorial. I spent a long time trying to get the lighting right and get pictures of each process. I also really love the final product. This was my first real try at making a usable tutorial.

The shorts

Fold the fabric in half and then in half again. 

I took a pair of shorts that fit and turned them inside out. From there I traced them on the lower part of the shirt using the shirt’s hem as the bottom of the shorts. There should also be two layers.
The straight side of the shorts should be on the fold not the way it is pictured.

You should have two legs. There needs to be two layers for two legs. See where the side of the shorts were on the fold. See how they already resemble the shape of a pair of shorts.

They should look similar to this when un folded. There can be some give here. They can be a little bigger.

Lay the two pieces with their tops touching. and sew along the sides. I did a double stitch for support. Stop right at the end of the curve.

Open then up and put the part you sewed together.  You should have a v shape that is open at the bottom.

Sew across the V.

Fold the top down and pin. I couldn’t find my pins but pinning would make things so much easier.

Sew around leaving an opening for the elastic.

Using a saftey pin in the end of the elastic as shown.

Feed the pin and elastic through the casing you created.

Sew the elastic together and sew your casing closed. You now have a new pair of shorts! Great WORK!

The Top

For the top. I used a top she already had that was just a blank tshirt.

I cut out my design. Since the fabric was little apples, I decided to do a apple tree. I did free hand this but you could trace it from an image you want to use.

Then just simply sew a zig zag stitch around your applique.  Start with the bottom layer and work up. tada you have a brand new shirt! A tip for corners would be to stop, lift your foot with the needle down and then turn.

The Accessory

I made a hair bow out of the left over fabrics. I just twisted a strip and then rolled it into a rose. For a better tutorial on this one you can read a past tutorial I did here.

Thank You From Becka!!
This Post was written by Becka M.

I’m just a multi-passionate Christian mom of three, who sews, crochets, crafts, and creates printable and educational materials. I love working in photography, digital art, graphics, and all things crafting. The LORD is my guide as I blog about my life.

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