DIY Revamping Kids Pants to Extend Their Life

Hello everyone! As I’ve mentioned a few times before I’m all about reusing, recycling and of course why not refashion! Recently I published a post I shared How to Make a Cute Skirt out of Old Jeans and it turned out so cute that I had to try it again in some other way. Revamping Kids Pants is the best and simplest way to extend kid’s pants lifeway. As Kids grow up, pants start to run short. I revamped my girl’s pants and it turned out so cute. I saved them and gave them a second chance.

DIY Revamping Kids Pants to Extend Their Life

DIY Revamping Kids Pants to Extend Their Life

This was my contributor post for This Silly Girl’s Life. Revamping kid’s pants is super easy, have you noticed how much I love easy crafts??? LOL. Well, I do love easy projects, I love to see final results quickly LOL I also love having time to do other things!. This took a couple of hours even to take pictures. Then as it is my tradition we had lots of fun on the outdoor photo session =D. I used for this a very special pair of pants  {sentimental meaning} with an easy trick that also ends up revamping it  =D.

What you need:

  • Pants
  • A cute fabric of your choice
  • Thread
  • Scissor
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker/pencil

I found a fabric with details in light violet, which was perfect because the pants have those cute flowers in violet too. So it was a perfect match. Yayyy!


The first thing put the pant on your girl and measure how much more length you need to add to it. If for example, you need 1,5 inches you add 1 more inch and then double it. So it would be 1,5 + 1 = 2,5 x 2 = 5 inches.Then measure the width of the bottom hem of the pant. Double that measurement and add ½ inch on each end as seam allowance.


Then cut a rectangle for the pocket. The measure will depend on the area of your pants. Leave 1 inch on each side as seam allowance. Turn it under ½ inch, then iron it, turn it under another ½ inch to enclose the raw edge, iron it again. Stitch one short side as the opening of the pocket and pin in place.


For the bottom fabric, Turn the long sides under ½ inch and then iron it.


Fold and put together both short sides and stitch ½ inch away from the edge.


Iron the seam allowance open like this.


Fold again putting together the hems like in the image below.


Now find the seam between the legs of your pants and match it with the extension seam, place the hem of the pants between both layers of the new fabric extension. Pin in place.


The pants hem will be sandwiched between both sides of the fabric.


Then stitch around the edge of the extension and iron it.


Fold the extension so it would hide the seam.


There you have it! A new pair of pants! I love how it turned out and my girl love it too!


 Revamping Kids Pants to Extend their life!

What do you think? Have you extended the life of your kids??? How did you do it???

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    1. Thanks so much Crystelle! Glad you like them!!! =D Happy to have you visiting!

  2. I used to do this with my daughters pants too. I love this “sew” much practical and stylish. Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop I will be featuring you on Monday ♥

    1. Thanks so much! Glad you like it!… I’m planing on making some more my girl loved it!

  3. SO CUTE!! I used to do this all the time with my daughter’s jeans! My favorite was using wide ruffled eyelet…made such a pretty, feminine contrast with the denim :) Found you on Pin Junkie.

    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks so much for stopping by!… Yeah I love this too… Hopefully I’ll have plenty of denims to tray other ideas such as yours! =D Thanks!

    1. I’m glad you like it! LOL it’s super cute indeed and the best part she loved it! Thanks so much for your lovely visit!

  4. Those pants are beautiful! And I like how you doubled the fabric before stitching it–neat and sturdier. Unfortunately, I could not use the idea. I have two boys of 9 and 11 and they would not appreciate such an addition. All I can do to extend the life of their pants is make shorts with them. Not bad, but less creative. I have a 3 years-old niece, though…

    1. Well with boys it could work maybe using a similar fabrick, or some leather or something like that… For boys it definitely shouldn’t be cute but there is always a creative way to do it and make them look handsome in those pants!… If yo have a niece that’s the perfect opportunity to let our girliness out! LOL
      Thanks so much for your sweet visit!

    1. Using laces and ribbon is a great idea! I’ll try that too when the next pair of pants run short LOL! Thanks so much for the idea and for leaving some love!

  5. Absolutely adorable. I am having a little difficulty following the instructions. How are you creating the area that the pants slide into the cuff. Sorry if I’m being annoying, I’m having one of those mornings. :)

    1. Not annoying at all. In English it’s a bit challenging for me explaining things. It’s a bit tricky since I wanted to be right side of the fabric inside and outside!… So what i did was folding the fabric after sewing the ends to form the cuff and then I had two sides of the cuff, inside and outside right?… like in the picture… Then I inserted the pant cuff between those two sides of the fabric cuff. so it would be fabric cuff, pant cuff, fabric cuff. To sew it is a bit tricky because the space is tight but it can be done. If you need any more details or explanations you can send me a message on my FB page. English can be very hard for me, so I apologise for that! I do my best trying to explain in a second language! Thanks so much for asking, It makes me happy that people ask when they don’t understand something, that makes me get better!


  6. The pants turned out adorable! I have done something similar to some of my daughter’s jeans but with a ruffle–I’ll bet this straight cuff style would look cute on boys jeans too! I will have to try it! (And post my results of course).

    1. Oooh I definitely would love to see your style and ideas! This kind of revamping can be made in so many ways and perfect even for adults! =D
      Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

    1. Yayyyy I’m so glad to give you inspiration!… That so easy and looks like a brand new pair of pants!… You will love it!