Upcycled Cargo Pants

August 10, 2014

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 πŸ™‚

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,



28 comments so far.

28 responses to “Upcycled Cargo Pants”

  1. Jen says:

    What a tutorial! I really must give this a go xx
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  2. 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. Emma T says:

    Good idea. I’d never have thought about eczema flaring up in the warmer weather.
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  4. Una says:

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

  5. Wendy says:

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

  6. Ali says:

    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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  7. Suze Bain says:

    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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  8. Andrea Kay says:

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

  9. Jill says:

    Gorgeous trousers Vicky! They look so professional – and of course as always so much the better they are upcycled! πŸ™‚
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  10. Aww these are fab, they look great on your boy and i’m so glad they’re doing the job you made them for! πŸ™‚
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  11. That’s a great idea to upcycle old trousers. Wish my sewing skills were up to making these.
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  12. Sonia says:

    What a great idea! They look brilliant!
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  13. You make it so simple, I think even I could manage these! Beautiful pictures.
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  14. What a fantastic idea for the little one! And I loved all your pictures, you’re so clever πŸ™‚

  15. Ginny says:

    What a great make. Really practical.
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  16. You are so talented – these look great!
    Thanks for sharing at this week’s #Pintorials
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  17. Stephanie says:

    they turned out great!! I love upcycling.
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  18. 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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  19. These look brilliant! I have 2 old pairs of shorts and a pair of jeans from my hubby that I am looking to do something with and this looks like a great project for me to try! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚
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  20. Fabulous upcycling, Vicky. The shorts look great with the contrasting colours.
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  21. What a great idea. I need to remember to use for my grandsons. Fine tutorial.

  22. They look fab! And I’m still jealous of your camera πŸ™‚
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  23. Gina Caro says:

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

  24. Jen Gale says:

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