At the beginning of every school year I buy my kids new pants. By the end of the school year all the knees have holes! Sometimes they don’t even make it to the end of the school year. So I decided I would make those pants into shorts which makes me feel less annoyed when another pair comes home from school torn! This year I have 12 pairs of jeans with holes and another 2 pairs that look like they will soon have holes in the knees. That is a lot of money I spent on jeans so I decided to get the most out of my money! Instead of being upset that another pair is ruined I now just sit them aside to make into shorts for summer!
It is actually really simple to make them into shorts and then the fun part is adding things to make them look nice enough to wear places and so my kids feel like they are getting “new” shorts! Especially my daughter because all 12 pairs of jeans are from my one son! So when she saw that I was making shorts from her brother’s jeans she was appalled at the idea of having to wear boy pants!
Now for my son he felt a little left out with his sister getting ribbon on her shorts so I decided to use iron on patches for his shorts. Now the thing about iron on patches that I did not know before is that you really can’t just iron them on and then be done with it. Well maybe some brands are like that, but the ones I bought said to hand wash and air dry delicately which would never happen! So I ironed on the patches and then went around them and sewed by hand just a few stitches around each patch just to keep it on when I wash them!
The end result? The kids love them, I didn’t have to buy shorts for summer since I was able to use the jeans I would have otherwise just thrown out, and it only took me 2 afternoons, it was 12 pairs after all!