It happens: We all have pants that will eventually get trashed. It’s part of our ever-evolving closets and lives! But what if we told you that instead of getting rid of your pants, you can actually use them for 35 other wonderful projects? Well, you can. See some of your fabulous options here.
Turn them into a dress
Have stretchy, wide leg pants? No problem. Simply pull the pants up over your chest and cut down the center. Then take those two cut legs and wrap them around your waist and tie in the back. Boom! You’re ready for date night.
Don’t trash those baby pants so fast! Instead, cut off each leg — around the knee area — and then sew the bottom parts onto a short sleeve t-shirt that needs some freshening up. You’ve got a brand-new shirt!
Got some old sweatpants laying around? Cut them above the knees — also cut the crotch area. Then sew that part together to create the perfect pencil skirt.
Flip one leg over the other so that you’re looking at the back of the pants. Then cut the bottoms off along with the crotch. Ta-da! You’ve got a new tank top!
Take a fun-printed pair of leggings and cut off the legs so that you’re left with the legs and a new pair of booty shorts. Then take a bracelet and pull the legs through it, flipping them slightly over to the other side. Then do the same on the other side of the bracelet with the shorts. Glue them both down and you’ve got a bathing suit top!
Turn your pants into a dress
This will be especially great if your pants have a ruffly waistband. Begin by cutting that off. Then cut the crotch, followed by the two corners on the other end — after that, you should be left with a dress that looks a bit like a tank top. Then, take the waistband you cut off earlier and sew to the sleeves for an extra flirty look.
Wide leg khaki pants
Cut off one leg, turn it inside out, and then sew the bottom shut. Then sew that to the side of the pants to lift it up a bit/create a bottom and then cut off the corners. Take two straps (which you can find at a craft store) and sew them to each side of the back. Sew a latch to the top too. Fold over the top onto the front and you’ve got a chic backpack!
Turn pants into a dress vest
Take flowy, wide pants and flip them over. Then cut the top, crotch, and down the middle. Pull the two new parts apart and flip over just the front side, then sew. Throw a cute belt over it for a cute added detail.
Turn pants into a bag
Sew the waistband shut and then flip one leg over the other. Cut off the bottom and the crotch. Then tie a thin belt over each leg to create handles.
Turn leggings into a cute long sleeve shirt
Simply flip one leg over the other and cut the crotch to create a hole for your head. Boom, you’ve got a shirt.
Grab a sharpie and some lace
If you have some old jeans that need some freshening up, draw a cute lace design on them with a sharpie! Sounds crazy, but it looks super cute. See for yourself.
Add studs to your jeans
It’s another great way to liven up your jeans — and same rule applies to pretty much every other kind of pant!
Apply studs anywhere, really
Doesn’t just have to be the bottom of your jeans. On the pockets or down the sides is cute too. And you can find studs that don’t require any sewing.
Pearls, pearls, pearls!
If you’re not really a stud kind of person, why not try bedazzling your pants with pearls?
Get wild with prints
Why not try a fun leopard print, or flirty kisses? All you need to create the look is bleach, stamps, or fabric markers!
With a little help from fabric paint and masking tape, you can totally recreate this geometric designs.
Add a handkerchief
Sew a printed handkerchief to the inside of the bottoms and then cuff them for a surprising little pop of pattern!
Adding fringe on the end is a super fun way to make your pants all swingy! Find tassles at a craft store and attach them from the inside so that it looks as seamless as point.
Get funky with the fabric
Take a patch of sequins and sew them onto a pocket for a little extra flash, or sew a more bohemian fabric on one half of your shorts for an asymmetric look.
Why not pick polka dots?
All you need is a pencil eraser to create this look — try it!
That’s right, tie dye. You know how you’d normally tie dye a t-shirt? Try it with your pants. No regrets.
Similarly to the tie dye effect, you can get a pretty sweet look with the use of a little bit of bleach.
Why not paint your jeans? The how-to is pretty self-explanatory… Instead of buying brand-new jeans with paint on them, do it yourself! Have fun with it!
Cut them at the knee
Add little slits on the knee if your jeans are a little too tight — or a little too boring!
Use bleach AND sharpie
Combine two of the best options to create a somehow even better option! Bleach the bottom of the jeans before drawing a fabulous tribal print over it with marker.
Get extra custom with it
Instead of regular bleach, use a bleach marker so that you can create your very own, specific design.
You may think sewing is just the middle man, but use it as the main event and create an eye-catching design with some thread and a needle.
Cut your pants into shorts
And if you want to get even more creative with it, attach some lace at the bottom for a total transformation!
Grab a stencil — any kind that resonates with your personal style — and create shapes all over your old pair of pants to liven it up a bit!
Or make your own stencil!
Why not wing it? Tribal print or bunnies are all fun.
Turn them into shorts
Take your old khaki pants and turn them into a preppy pair of shorts. Take it one step further and add in a cute tiny polka dot pattern with fabric eraser.
Turn your old leggings into a crop top
Simply cut the crotch out and boom, you’re done!
Make chic coasters
Get rid of old denim by cutting them into little squares for the most chic coaster! Stitch the sides and even feel free to add patterns — there is plenty of room to get creative here.
Transform your jeans into a bracelet
All you need is a curvy wire and some fun beads that can latch together at each end. Super crafty!
Turn it into a bookmark
Turn any old pair of pants into a cute corner bookmark! Cut out whatever shape you want — twice. Then sew both sides together leaving some space open so that you can fit the corner of a page inside!
So…Are you inspired to get crafty with your old pairs of pants now?
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