Pants legs cut from homemade gym pants shorts can be turned into useful bags. Depending on the length and width of the pants leg, bags can range from small handbags to gym bags. This article will detail how to make good bags from cut-off gym pants legs.
Start with trying on the gym pants and deciding what length to make the shorts. A good length ranges from a few inches below the knee to just above the knee. That length gives a good pair of shorts while producing two good size bags. Mark where to cut. Spread the gym pants out flat and make sure legs are even. Smooth out any wrinkles and then cut straight across the top leg. Then, using the edge as a guide, cut the remaining pants leg. Put the shorts aside; they are complete as the material holds well.
Turn the pants legs inside out and sew shut the cut end. It is important that it is the cut end that gets shut because the seam on the other end will be needed to hold the drawstring. Make the drawstring by obtaining an old shoelace, piece of rope, or similar strong string. An easy source of string is T-shirt yarn. Cut a strip of T-shirt cloth about two feet long and two inches wide, and stretch it out to make it curl into a piece of T-shirt yarn. Tie a knot in one end of the string.
Find the seam on the pants leg and cut two holes, one on either side of the seam. If there is a zipper there, that is an added bonus. I cut the holes on the inside to make it less visible and to allow the string to better close the bag. Next, procure a pen and put the T-shirt yarn over the top, then jam the cap to hold it on. Alternatively, the string can be taped firmly to a pencil or pen. The pen will be your makeshift needle with which to string the bag.
String the bag by sticking the pen into the hole and feeding it along inside the seam. You may have to pull the material along; if doing that be sure to pull on just the material and not to pull the string off of the pen. Occasionally, a seam is too narrow to fit a pen; in which case use a thinner “needle” such as a piece of wire or a small twig. Sometimes, there is a middle seam that closes the way. In that case, cut two holes on the inside on either side of it to thread the drawstring around that seam.
When the string comes all the way through, remove the pen and tie a big knot in the end of it. Sew the holes shut a bit if they are too gaping, or tie the knot so it cannot slip back into the hole. Your gym pants leg bag is complete. Repeat with the other leg to make a spare bag.
You know have bags from gym pants shorts. They can be tightened by pulling the string shut, and carried by holding both ends of the string. Always hold both ends to prevent losing the string. If there is a zipper, it can be used to open the bag wider when necessary. You now have improved a pair of gym pants into comfortable, neat gym shorts and two useful bags.