Gym pants can be cut to make shorts. Cutting gym pants to shorts is preferable to buying gym shorts for several possible reasons. You can cut them to your desired length, the cut edge provides increased comfort, and you acquire material for useful crafts in the cut-off legs. In most cases, the combined value of the shorts and the crafts made from the cut-off legs exceeds the cost of the pants. But for it to be successful, the gym pants must be cut properly. Making good gym shorts is very simple, and this article will describe how to make good gym shorts from gym pants.
Start by measuring the pants. Put on the gym pants and decide where to cut to shorts. Gym shorts are commonly made varying in length from at the knees to a few inches shorter than the knees. Cutting gym pants to shorts is the only way to make long shorts usually, so it is best to make the cut about three inches below the knee. If long shorts aren’t your style, cutting at knee length also produces a good pair of shorts.
Lay out the pants flat and fold in half, having the marks face out. Pull on the material to eliminate wrinkles. Compare the marks, and cut at the lower mark if they are uneven. Cut straight across the top pants leg, cutting through both sides. Repeat with the other leg, using the first one as a guide. Then try on the shorts to confirm they are the desired length, and trim if needed.
Use the cut-off material for crafts such as gym bags or carrying bags. Gym pants legs can be made into hat liners and worn inside hats or even made into hats themselves. If the material is long enough, it can be sewn together to make a pair of children’s shorts by using an existing pair as a guide. Use the seam end for the waist to allow for the use of a drawstring, or keep the natural hem and fold over and sew an elastic or drawstring into the waist from scratch. These are some of many uses for this material.
You now have a reliable pair of cut-off gym shorts that can be used for many occasions, serving well in place of normal gym shorts. The material does not fray or unravel, so no hemming is needed. Your gym shorts and re-purposed pants legs will remain useful for many years, maximizing the summer wardrobe budget.