Upcycled Cargo Pants

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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:)

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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 elseโ€™s week has been like,

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28 thoughts on “Upcycled Cargo Pants”

  1. 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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