DIY Hand-Sew Grandma Pants into Rad Vintage High-Waisted Shorts

DON’T HAVE A SEWING MACHINE?  DON’T KNOW HOW TO SEW?  WELL, DON’T SWEAT IT!  IN THIS TUTORIAL, WE’LL SHOW YOU A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO HAND-SEW WHILE ALSO MAKING SOME COOL FLORAL PRINT VINTAGE SHORTS.  YOU CAN DO THIS PROJECT WITH ANY PAIR OF PANTS YOU WOULD LIKE, THESE PARTICULAR ONES WERE PURCHASED AT A THRIFT SHOP FOR SUPER CHEAP.

Got old baggy pants you don't want anymore? Now you can turn them into shorts!

Put the pants on and decide where you would like them to fall. Pin it or mark it at that spot. Remember that it is easier to take away than add. Make them a little longer than you think, you can always shorten them later.

Lay the pants flat in order to cut better.

Now you can cut the legs of the pants off. Remember to cut about an 1 1/2" away from the pin (toward the bottom of the pants).

This is what they look like. As you can see, they are cut on an angle so that the outside is shorter than the inside. They will even out when worn.

Turn your shorts inside out, fold the cut edge over twice, and pin it. You don't have to fold the hem over twice, it just looks nicer in the end.

Cut a piece of thread 36" long (any longer and thread may knot up while sewing). Pull the thread through the needle and fold in half. Knot it at the end (if the thread goes through the fabric, knot it a few more times).

Click the picture to enlarge. The hand sewing is drawn out in order to see it better.

This is what your stitches will look like. The stitches shown here are done in white for demonstration but later done in black.

Just look at these cool shorts! Top your outfit off with a vintage waist belt, vintage jewelry, and heels (or wedges) for an adorable look.

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