19 Pants Upcycle and Refashion Tutorials

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Get inspired with all these pants upcycle and refashion tutorials! It’s a way to turn your pants into something great with these sewing projects!

When I had the idea to put together a list of pants upcycle and refashion tutorials I was worried I wouldn’t find very many. I know I refashion pants all the time, but I didn’t know if other people refashioned pants too.

Well, I was wrong because you can choose one of these many there are lots and lots of pants refashion tutorials out there and here are just fourteen.

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What is refashioning?

Refashioning is to fashion clothing again or differently. I usually use this to describe when I’m sewing clothing to fit different or to look different, but the majority of the item stays the same.

What is upcycling?

Upcycling is to reuse material to create something better than the original. I usually use this to describe when I’m sewing adult clothing into clothing for children or I’m sewing clothing into an accessory or house item.

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Do you love to refashion? Check out these lists of refashion ideas! There’s something for everyone!

Pants Upcycle and Refashion Tutorials

DIY Water Bottle Dog Toy + Free Pattern

DIY Water Bottle Dog Toy + Free Pattern

Learn how to make a DIY water bottle dog toy with a free sewing pattern! The crinkly sound is fun for dogs, and the bottle is easily replaced!

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Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Sewing Pattern!

Learn how to make upcycled baby shoes with a free sewing pattern. It’s a great way to reuse and recycle denim for durable fabric shoes!

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How to Cut Pants into Shorts

Learn how to cut pants into shorts for the summer heat. This easy sewing alteration is a great way to give pants or jeans new life!

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How to Upcycle Basketball Shorts

Learn how to upcycle adult basketball shorts into basketball shorts for children. Use an upcycled shorts sewing pattern for a quick sew!

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How to Upcycle a Swimming Suit

Learn how to upcycle a swimming suit for kids. It’s a great way to save money and reuse adult swimming suits that aren’t being used.

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Free Baby Shorts Sewing Pattern + Bloomers

Use the free baby shorts pattern and free baby bloomers pattern to make upcycled shorts! Reuse the hem of any shirt or patterns for a fast sewing project!

How to Upcycle Cargo Pants

How to upcycle cargo pants for kids using adult cargo pants. Reusing the waist, front zipper, and all the pockets. I really love the look of beach cargo pants.

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Upcycled Jeans Fabric Basket

Learn how to make an upcycled jeans fabric basket using the hems cut off of jeans. These small diy fabric baskets are perfect for organizing drawers!

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Upcycled DIY Water Bottle Holder

Learn how to make a DIY water bottle holder by upcycling a pair of pants. Reuse the hem for quicker sewing for this easy, summer sewing project!

How to Add Cuffs to Pajama Pants

Learn how to add cuffs to pajama pants. The knit fabric cuffs will lengthen any pajama pants that are made from woven or knit fabric.

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Upcycled DIY Bike Bag

Learn how to make a DIY bike bag by upcycling the leg of a pair of pants. This sewing project is quick and easy, and it holds all the essentials on your bike!

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How to Upcycle Jeans Into a Tote Bag

Learn how to upcycle jeans into a tote bag. This beginner sewing project is a quick and easy bag to sew, and it already has pockets!

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How to Hem Shorts with a Cuff

Learn how to hem shorts with a cuff for a casual and fun look. This sewing tutorial requires minimal sewing and can be done by hand.

How to Make Knickerbockers

If your kids pants are too short than turn them into knickerbockers! I love the look of knickerbockers, and this is a really easy tutorial!

Reconstructed Boy Pants: DIY

If your kids pants are too short, but you need them to be long for warmth then this is a great tutorial for you. You cut off the hem and add some other fabric to get a fun colorblocked look.

12 Pants Refashion Tutorials // heatherhandmade.com

Slim Slacks for Boys Refashion

Use a pair of men’s dress pants and turn them into slim dress pants for little boys!

Polka Dot Pants Refashion

Update some pants you already have in your wardrobe with this fun and easy refashion tutorial!

12 Pants Refashion Tutorials // heatherhandmade.com

Elastic Hem Pants Tutorial

The woven jogger trend is still going strong and you can easily make your own with this pants tutorial!

DIY Jogger pants step by step refashion tutorial

Update those old sweatpants into trendy joggers with this refashion tutorial. This is one of the simplest updates you can do and the result is great!

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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