Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Upcycled Ruffle Shorts

Did you see my post a few weeks ago over at Seamingly Smitten?

If not, check it out here!
 I wanted to create something that was easily duplicatedThat was practicalAnd easy.


My daughter is a skinny minny.  She has no problem fitting into pants or shorts that she wore two years ago.  We'd never have to buy clothes if it weren't for her getting taller, LOL!  She's 4 in two weeks and these jeans 2Ts! For this project, I grabbed a pair of too short pants.

It's hard to tell here, but these bad boys ride up about 4 inches when she sits down.  And yep, we didn't realize that until we were out somewhere this Spring.  I'm sure people thought, "Buy that girl some clothes that fit!"  Oh well...

While wearing them, I marked the desired length with a straight pin.  Then had her take them off carefully :) 

I wanted a 1/2 inch hem, so I added 1 inch to the mark that I made.  You could totally use a fabric pen or something else to mark them, but I just measured and pinned all the way around to give me my cutting lines.

Now, chop those suckers off!  And keep your scraps!  You never know when you'll need to make a denim rosette.  Am I right?

Now, turn them inside out and iron the cuff over 1/4 to 1/2 inch.  Then turn the cuff over another 1/2 inch and iron.


Now sew!

These are adorable as is.  But we all know that adding ruffles makes anything even cuter!

To create your ruffle, cut a strip of fabric 1.5 to 2 times as long as you would need to go around the leg.  Does that make sense?  This is not an exact science.  If your strip is shorter, your ruffle is less ruffly.  And if it's longer, it's more ruffly.

Now, zig zag stitch the edges of the ruffle to prevent fraying.  With your sewing machine on straight stitch, make your stitches as long as your machine goes.  Make sure not to back stitch at all!

Your strip will look like this.


Now holding the back thread, pull the fabric up and make your fabric gather.  Pin to your shorts and sew it on.
{Make sure to change your stitch length back.  I always forget this step!}


I hope you find her modeling pictures as humorous as I did.  I took like 25 pictures and this was all I got.  The others had arms all funky and her eyes closed {purposely, mind you}.

Here's what I love about this project:

1) Your shorts are the perfect length!  They aren't daisy dukes.  And they aren't Bermuda shorts either.  This is my hardest thing when shopping for shorts for me & Layne!

2) Match your ruffle to a top & you've got a custom outfit!  I made a simple Minnie Mouse Applique tee using the same fabric & now we've got a custom outfit for our Disney Trip in September!
{And I've already planned what day she will wear this.  And what they will wear every other day.  I'm just a little excited about our trip!  Can you tell?!?}


  1. The shorts and shirt are so cute, even cuter on the sweet girl!

  2. Soo stinkin adorable and what a great way to prolong the life of kids clothes! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party!

  3. This is adorable. A custom set for nothing if you already have the fabric. I'm loving the pictures of Layne, she's a natural cutie. -_^


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