Transforming the legs cut from gym pants into child’s tank tops is a perfect use for them. This article will look at the qualities in the pants leg to select and how to go about turning it into a tank top. You will need the sewing kit, scissors, gym pant legs, and a pre-existing tank top as a model.
Select a pants leg to turn into the tank top. The material should be lightweight, as heavy material is counterproductive as summer clothing. The shape of the pants leg should be somewhat square. Lastly, it needs to be at least as wide and long as the tank top being used as a model. When measuring the pants for cutting to shorts, make sure to cut off at least the length of the tank top. Cut evenly across each leg and worry about trimming to the exact tank top after, so your cut-off shorts will look neat. Make sure both legs are the same length; that insures the shorts will be even and that you will have equal material for tank tops.
The hem of the pants will serve as the hem of the tank top. If there is a zipper, remove the stitching that holds it in and sew back the gap as a seam. A zipper on the side of a tank top would not serve much use and it would look rather strange, so it is best to remove it.
Line up the tank top, and use it as a model for cutting the cloth. Cut the first side about a half inch wider and test for curling. Most gym pants cloth does not curl; in which case, trim back to make the cloth even with the tank top. Then trim the other side, again using the tank top as a guide. Cut out the back of the neck to be lined up with the back of the tank top. You can cut both layers of cloth along that line as you are going to cut the front deeper anyways. Put the tank top inside the pants leg and line it up so you can get a better guide for the front. Trim down the front to the depth of the front of the original tank top, keeping a similar curve of the neck line. Trim any excess material from the top straps to make them even with the tank top. There is no need to hem the tank top as the material will hold well and not fray.
Now it is time to sew up the tank top. Turn it inside out and sew together the straps on top to make the tank top. Now check the sides. If the pants leg widens, it will need to be altered. Spread the tank top on top and compare how far the sides stick out at the hem and at the arm holes. They should stick out the same distance or be equally flush with the tank top. If there is disparity, the pants leg has widened, and the tank top may need trimming. You can have your child try it on first to see if this is necessary. To trim, cut along the side at the distance it is supposed to end. Cut straight up, removing the triangle of cloth that is extra. Try to leave an extra quarter inch to allow for the cloth lost in hemming.
You now have a homemade child’s tank top of good quality material for free, and you can repeat and make another from the other leg. That’s two child’s tank tops and an adult’s pair of gym shorts for the price of a pair of gym pants!