Make an awesome pair of leggings or shorts by upcycling a t-shirt, dress, or skirt. This pattern has four views and eight sizes.
I’m so excited to share this PDF sewing pattern with you! I really love upcycling, and I want to make it accessible to you.
With this Upcycled T-Shirt Leggings and Shorts you will learn how to remake an adult t-shirt, leggings, dress, or skirt into shorts, cropped leggings, or leggings with two hem options.
There are four different views in this sewing pattern, and they all reuse the hem of the original garment. There are also eight sizes for your growing child. Get some inspiration for the pattern to make it your own!
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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.
I’ve always reused t-shirts to make pants and leggings for my kids when they were babies. and I love that it was so fast and easy since I didn’t have to sew a hem!
T-shirts are my favorite thing to upcycle. The fabric is soft and there’s a great hem to reuse. You can even reuse the t-shirt graphic which for these leggings will become the top side of one leg.
What is a PDF sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.
Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
Upcycled Shorts – REUSING THE HEM
This view is a fitted mid thigh length of shorts, and works well with any knit adult item of clothing. You must use stretch fabric, and it reuses the original hem. It works well with hem details on the side.
This size 2 pair of shorts was made with the bottom of flared workout leggings.
UPCYCLED Cropped Leggings – REUSING THE HEM
This view is a cropped length leggings, and it works well with any knit adult item of clothing. You must use stretch fabric, and it reuses the original hem. It works well with hem details on the side.
This size 4 pair of cropped leggings was made with a women’s knit pencil skirt.
UPCYCLED Leggings – Reusing the Hem
When it’s cold my daughters pretty much only wear leggings. They just love how comfortable they are. I make so many of this version!
This view is a full length leggings, and it works well with any knit adult item of clothing. You must use stretch fabric, and it reuses the original hem. It works well with hem details on the side.
This size 6 pair of leggings was made from an XL men’s t-shirt.
This size 8 pair of leggings was made from women’s cropped leggings. My son is slimmer than average and LOVED the fit of these leggings. They fit slim but not tight.
It can work for boys if you want it to. He’s already asked for more!
UPCYCLED Leggings – cuffed Hem
This view is a full length leggings with a cuff, and it works well with any knit adult item of clothing. You must use stretch fabric, and it does not reuse the original hem. It’s great to use when you’ve already used the hem!
This size 2 pair of leggings was made with a women’s medium dress.
If you make something using this Upcycled T-Shirt Leggings and Shorts Sewing Pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
Do you love to upcycle? Try some of these other great sewing patterns!
- Upcycled Pants, Shorts, and Bloomers Pattern
- Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress Pattern
- Upcycled Men’s Shirt Romper, Dress, and Shirt Pattern
- Upcycled Blazer Sewing Pattern
I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather