Upcycled Cargo Pants

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We are having a glorious summer, which we are all loving:) Except my tots knees – he suffers from excema, which is exasperated by warm weather. Earlier in the week I realised that 10 days of shorts had taken their toll on the back of his knees, which were almost about to break out into open sores. I decided to make him some three quarter length trousers – Upcycled Cargo Pants.  Happily this coincided with my husband sorting out his clothes and handing me a pile for refashioning.

Upcycled Cargo Pants Introducing Cargo Pants from Onthecuttingfloor.  I downloaded the pattern for his age, and made him three pairs from two pairs of linen trousers and pair of his old shorts- very satisfying, cost – nil:) Linen trouser cargo pants Admittedly the fabric has seen better days, some of which I turned inside out as the wrong side of the original clothing was in better condition than the right side. But it really doesn’t matter – his knees are protected, in four weeks we will be hitting autumn and he will be back in long trousers. Upcycled cargo pantsThey are a perfect length for protecting his knees. I added a little pocket to a couple of pairs to add interest. In fact my husband didn’t realise this pair were handmade 🙂

Having downloaded and cut out the pattern this is how I sewed them up:

Cargo Pants 1

Pin the back and front for each leg, right sides together. Stitch the seams.

Cargo Pants step 2

Turn one leg right side out, insert inside the other leg so the right sides are together. Pin the crutch seam.

Cargo Pants step 3

Stitch the seam.

Cargo Pants step 4

Stitch the waistband to create a circular band the same size as the top of the trousers. Pin right side together and stitch.

Cargo Pants step 5

Turn over and pin, encasing the elastic as you go. Using a pair of current trousers pull up the elastic to create a waist the same size. Tack and stitch. Lastly hem the leg bottoms.

3 upcycled three quarter length trousers

I am delighted to say my tots knees are healing up. Thanks to Daniela for the pattern:)


As you can see my new camera is great outdoors, but I need to practice for great indoor images!

As usual I am hopping by Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else’s week has been like,


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  1. August 10, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    What a tutorial! I really must give this a go xx
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  2. August 10, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    Great pants! My middle one suffered the same on the backs of his knees and his hands – always worse in the heat.
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  3. Una
    August 10, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    Great trousers. I make mine in a similar way except for a slightly different way of sewing the crotch.

  4. August 10, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    They look great and are clearly doing a good job! I love that they are upcycled x

    • Amylouise5
      August 10, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Thanks Wendy, I love the pennies I have saved!!!

  5. August 10, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Oh the poor little guy. It’s a good job he has such a clever Mum. Your pants look fab and even better for saving his knees. The shot of your family looks great, you don’t need outside lessons for your camera. Have a lovely week.
    Ali xx
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  6. August 10, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    These look great, you’re very clever! I’ve never had a go at sewing clothes but your tutorial seems very clear and easy to follow. Xx
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    • Amylouise5
      August 10, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Elastic waist trousers are a nice and simple start into clothes making.

  7. August 10, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    The pants look great, and so glad your little boy’s knees are healing up.

    • Amylouise5
      August 10, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks Andrea, amazing what the difference is when he doesn’t scratch!

    • Amylouise5
      August 10, 2014 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks Jill, inspired my your 100 make the most of what you have challenge:)

  8. August 12, 2014 / 7:09 pm

    What a fantastic idea for the little one! And I loved all your pictures, you’re so clever 🙂

  9. August 13, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    Wow, these are fabulous, my boy is a bit of an odd size so I really should sew him some shorts, I just need to get more confident to adjust patterns to fit us. Mich x
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  10. August 17, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    What a great idea. I need to remember to use for my grandsons. Fine tutorial.

  11. August 21, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    I never thought about downloading pattern before! What a great idea. The trousers look great 🙂 Thanks for sharing on #ThriftyThursday

  12. August 26, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    These look great-so professional! Thanks so much for linking up to the August Making, Making Do and Mending linky!
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