Easy Diy Capri Pants From Jeans that run short on kids

Tired of buying new pants way too often for your kids because they run short quickly? Try our DIY Capri Pants tutorial! Repurpose their jeans into trendy capris with this easy, fun, and budget-friendly project. Step-by-step instructions and helpful tips included. Get creative and make stylish DIY Capri Pants today!

If you have been around long enough you probably know by now that I love to re-everything: reuse, refashion, revamp, and also recycling and upcycling lol.

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Diy Capri Pants From Jeans that run short on kids

Remember my post How to Lengthen Pants That Are Too Short??? So yeah, one of my favorite goals is to extend my girl’s clothes life and I’m sure most of you like this idea too!

So that’s why I’m sharing today this idea to refashion kids’ old pants that run short and have pants for a little longer for kids that tend to develop height faster than body mass volume as they grow as mine does!

This is one of the easiest refashions EVER! You only need a few decorating supplies {ribbon and buttons in my case}, thread and needle and the best part is that you get to save money in your clothing budget! Not bad huh?

A girl wearing her Diy Capri Pants viewed from the side

Another great thing about this is that you can do this to your own pants and have a unique look!!! Awesome right?

How To Turn Jeans Into Capris for your little one

Supplies:

  • A pair of pants that run short on your kid
  • 2″ wide ribbon of your choosing
  • A few cute buttons – I love mixing and matching different colors and sizes.
  • Matching color thread

Tools:

  • Pair of Scissors.
  • Needle
  • Pins

Instructions:

So choose the pants you have around that no longer fit the length of your kid’s legs. In my case, I had these denim ones! My girl tends to stretch in height but little to the sides so all her pants easily get short while fitting perfectly on her waist.

Double-fold the hem of the pants. You can cut the actual hem if you want but I chose just to fold them. Depending on the length you want the amount varies.

image of Double-fold the hem of the pants

Do some stitches on both sides of the leg along with the side seam so it won’t unfold when washing or while wearing them.

closeup of needle inside the pants to make the fold

Cut a strip of ribbon, about 3 to 4 inches long.

Fold one end, place it on the outer side of the leg side seam, and stitch it to the folded hem line on the inside of the pants (wrong side):

placing a ribbon on the inside of the pants
sewing the ribbon on the inside of the pants

Fold the ribbon so it would around the edge to the outside of the pants (right sides) and then fold the other end of the ribbon to shape it like an arrow. Pin in place.

fixing with a pin the ribbon to the pants

Place some cute buttons over the ribbon close to the end and stitch everything together.

decorating the end of the ribbon with some buttons and sewing them to the pants

Repeat the process with the other leg.

Then on the back, I applied the same cute buttons but different colors to the back pockets.

Choose your favorite placement and stitch them in place.

decorating and sewing the back pockets with buttons

Tadaaaaa a brand new capris!

A girl wearing her Diy Capri Pants viewed from the side

That’s it, you have some cute DIY capri pants that will probably last a lot longer!

Crating Tips

  • Give your DIY capris a unique touch by using fabric paint to create fun designs or patterns. Let your kids get involved and express their creativity!
  • Transform plain jeans into personalized capris by incorporating patches or embroidery. It’s a fantastic way to repurpose old clothes while adding a touch of individuality.
  • If the jeans are too short even for capris, don’t fret! Transform them into stylish shorts by cutting them just above the knee and adding a neat hemline.
  • Instead of buttons, add flair to the capris by sewing on decorative patches or fabric appliques to the back pockets.
  • Use contrasting thread colors for the topstitching on the capris. It adds a pop of color and gives them a professional finish.

Just take a look at my girl, she loves it and she’s been using those same pants since she is 18 months with different looks! Cool right?

View of the legs wearing the Diy Capri Pants
A girl wearing her Diy Capri Pants viewed from the side
A girl using her Diy Capri Pants in a back yard sitting on the floor

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials do I need to make DIY Capri pants from jeans?

All you need are a pair of jeans, a pair of scissors, pins, a sewing machine or needle and thread, and of course some cute decorating details or appliques.

Can I use any type of jeans, or should I look for a certain style?

You can use any jeans you have on hand! It’s a great way to upcycle and give new life to old jeans. Just make sure they fit your child comfortably around the waist and hips.

Do I need to be an expert at sewing to make Capri pants from jeans?

Not at all! This DIY project is perfect for beginners. Just follow the simple instructions, and you’ll be able to create stylish Capri pants in no time. It’s a fun and rewarding project for anyone to try.

Can I make the Capri pants without a sewing machine? A:

Absolutely! Actually, I don’t use one for this tutorial. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can easily sew the hems by hand using a needle and thread and the end result will be just as charming.

Can I personalize the Capri pants with decorations or embellishments?

Definitely! Feel free to get creative and add your personal touch. You can use fabric paint, patches, or even colorful stitching to make the Capri pants truly unique and special for your child.

More sewing Projects to Try

If you like this cute refashion by turning old pants into Capri pants, you might also like these other easy crafts for kids too

Other clothing refashions I love from my favorite bloggers:

What do you think??? Do you have old pants around that could use some refashion? Are you pro refashioning kids’ old pants? Or your pants?

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How to Revamp and Refashion Kids Old Pants that Run Short #tutorial #closherefashion #kidsclotherefashion

Easy Diy Capri Pants From Jeans that run short on kids

Camila Rojas
Tired of buying new pants way too often for your kids because they run short quickly? Try our DIY Capri Pants tutorial! Repurpose their jeans into trendy capris with this easy, fun, and budget-friendly project. Step-by-step instructions and helpful tips included. Get creative and make stylish DIY Capri Pants today!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Crafting Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Category DIY & Craft
Topic Easy Crafts, For Kids, Sewing
Pieces 1 Piece

Tools

  • Pair of scissors
  • Needle
  • Pins

Supplies
  

  • A pair of pants that run short on your kid
  • 2 ″ wide ribbon of your choosing
  • A few cute buttons – I love mixing and matching different colors and sizes.
  • Matching color thread

Instructions
 

  • So choose the pants you have around that no longer fit the length of your kid’s legs. In my case, I had these denim ones! My girl tends to stretch in height but little to the sides so all her pants easily get short while fitting perfectly on her waist.
  • Double-fold the hem of the pants. You can cut the actual hem if you want but I chose just to fold them. Depending on the length you want the amount varies.
  • Do some stitches on both sides of the leg along with the side seam so it won’t unfold when washing or while wearing them.
  • Cut a strip of ribbon, about 3 to 4 inches long.
  • Fold one end, place it on the outer side of the leg side seam, and stitch it to the folded hem on the inside of the pants:
  • Fold the ribbon so it would around the edge to the outside of the pants and then fold the other end of the ribbon to shape it like an arrow. Pin in place.
  • Place some cute buttons over the ribbon close to the end and stitch everything together.
  • Repeat the process with the other leg.
  • Then on the back, I applied the same cute buttons but different colors to the back pockets.
  • Choose your favorite placement and stitch them in place.
  • That’s it, you have some cute DIY capri pants that will probably last a lot longer!
Keyword Diy Capri Pants, Diy Capri Pants From Jeans, Easy Diy Capri Pants, Turn old short pants into Capri pants

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