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Upcycled Shorts, Pants, and Bloomers Sewing Pattern

Learn how to upcycle an adult item of clothing into shorts, pants, or bloomers for kids with the upcycled shorts, pants, and bloomers sewing pattern.

I’m so excited to share this PDF sewing pattern with you today. I really love upcycling, and I want to share it with you.

With this Upcycled T-Shirt Shorts and Bloomers sewing pattern. you will learn how to remake an adult t-shirt, button up shirt, t-shirt, dress, sweatshirt or skirt into two different lengths of shorts, pants with two hem options, or bloomers.

There are five different views in this sewing pattern, and they all reuse the hem of the original garment. There are also nine sizes for your growing child. See all the inspiration to see what you can make with this pattern.

Upcycled Shorts, Pants, and Bloomers Sewing Pattern

Upcycling saves time, saves money, saves the environment, and saves memories.

Save time by reusing details from the original shirt. Save money by using something you already have.

Save the environment by keeping t-shirts out of the landfill. Save memories by reusing a favorite adult t-shirt for your toddler or child.

Buy the Upcycled Shorts, Pants, and Bloomers PDF Sewing Pattern!

About five years ago I started making shorts for my baby girl. I wanted it to be fast and easy, and I wanted to avoid hemming. I tried making baby shorts from a t-shirt, and I developed the free baby shorts and bloomers pattern.

I loved reusing the hems and using the hem as a casing! I’ve reused this technique over the years, and I’m so proud to offer the pattern for bigger kids and three more views!

Upcycled Shorts, Pants, and Bloomers Sewing Pattern

Upcycled Shorts – Mid Thigh Length

This view is a mid thigh length of shorts, and works well with any adult item of clothing. You can use stretch or non-stretch fabric, and it reuses the original hem. It works well with hem details on the side.

This size 5 pair of shorts was made with a men’s medium t-shirt.

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This size 5 pair of shorts was made with a men’s medium button up shirt.

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UPCYCLED SHORTS – Bloomers

This view is a pair of bloomers that is the mid thigh length but adding elastic brings in the leg for a gathered look. I recommend using stretch fabric from  t-shirts, dresses, and skirts since you need a hem that can become a casing.

This size 2T pair of bloomers was made with a women’s large dress.

UPCYCLED SHORTS – Knee LENGTH

This view is a knee length of shorts, and works well with any adult item of clothing. You can use stretch or non-stretch fabric, and it reuses the original hem. It works well with hem details on the side.

This size 6 pair of shorts was made with a men’s medium sweater.

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This size 6 pair of shorts was made with a men’s large polo t-shirt.

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Buy the Upcycled Shorts, Pants, and Bloomers PDF Sewing Pattern!

UPCYCLED Pants – Straight Leg

This view is a straight leg pair of pants that goes to the floor, and works well with any adult item of clothing. You can use stretch or non-stretch fabric, and it reuses the original hem. It works well with hem details on the side.

This size 4 pair of pants was made with a women’s medium dress.

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UPCYCLED PANTS – cuffed LEG

This view is a pair of pants that hits the ankle with added elastic to bring it in. It’s the modern jogger look. This view works well in knits and wovens as long as the hem is 1/2 inch or larger since you need a hem that can become a casing.

This size 4 pair of pants was made with a women’s medium dress.

upcycled elastic ankle pants

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If you make something using this Upcycled Shorts, Pants, and Bloomers Sewing Pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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Upcycled Shorts, Pants, and Bloomers Sewing Pattern

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Thank you for this tutorial! I downloaded the pattern, but I am having difficulties viewing the video. There doesn’t seem to be sound and the video is very glitchy. The ads work fine. I can hear the sound and it is clear.