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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

T-shirt to Yoga Pants

I've recently fallen in love with yoga pants...if I weren't afraid of someone noticing me wearing nothing but them...well...I'd wear them all the time! They are so stinkin' comfortable!

What's even better is the fact you can make yoga pants out of a large t-shirt. As soon as I saw the post over at Cut Out & Keep, I knew I had to try this. I immediately raided my husband's closet and presented him with his options; he chose this shirt:DSCN3679
The t-shirt does have to be considerably large for your size otherwise it won't fit your hips...ask me how I know ;)
First, cut off the sleeves...start a couple inches below the seam to make plenty of room for the crotch. DSCN3680
Cut the collar off straight across.DSCN3681 You could totally stop here and have an awesome ginormous (which apparently isn't a word) muscle shirt! :)
Now, you can either cut straight up the center of the shirt (make sure to measure), or you can do like I did which is to cut up the sides so you can preserve the image or whatever is on the shirt. Each piece will become one leg. Start from the bottom of the leg so the hem will be straight.DSCN3682
Fold each leg in half lengthwise, with right sides facing each other, and sew up the straight seam (do not sew the crotch or curved seam!). DSCN3683
Turn one leg right side out and put it inside the other leg, with the crotch seam aligned.DSCN3684
Starting at the crotch seam, sew up to where the waist will be. Go back to the center and sew the other way. This keeps the crotch lined up. DSCN3685
Since your tushie will likely need more fabric than the front, try on the pants and fold down the front to where you like it to sit (remember you're adding a waist band). Cut that off. The front will now be rounded. DSCN3692
Take your sleeves and cut them open at the seam.DSCN3688
Cut them into rectangles.DSCN3689
Put each rectangle together, right sides facing each other, and sew the short sides together, making a circle. This is your waist band. Try it on and make sure it fits snugly. If it's too short, add some fabric. If it's too big, sew further in.DSCN3691
Align the bottom of your waistband with the top of your yoga pants and fold down. Sew the seams together. You may have to add darts in the back, or gather the material so the pants will fit with the waistband. DSCN3693
Flip your waistband up, and fold the top down to the seam you just sewed. Sew the top of the waistband to the seam to create a casing. If the waistband fits snugly enough, you can call it done and lounge in your hubby's ex attire, or you can leave a gap in the seam to insert elastic. Or, you can cut two holes at the front of your pants and thread a tie through...a shoelace, or a strip of the t-shirt fabric. DSCN3696
Super cute, comfy, and frugal yoga pants!

I'm linking up to Sew Cute Tuesdays @ Creative Itch, Anything Related @ All Thingz Related, Whatever Goes Wednesdays @ Someday Crafts, Not So Simple Housewife, and Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple


  1. Love em! Ha! I would need a ginormous shirt for my hips! Thanks for visiting Dragonfly Designs!

  2. what?! How awesome is this! I am making these tomorrow! Thanks for the awesome tute and idea!
    Partying with you at Creative Itch!

  3. I Found you at {All Things Related}, nOW luv uR blog N new follower ..:-)
    Thanks for sharing..

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  4. ok - totally am wearing mine right now! Thanks again for the awesome idea and tute! Used one of the hubs old, worn, super soft tees and they are awe.some!

  5. OMG!! I HAVE to make those!!!! Sooo fun!!
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  6. Oh, this is so cool!!!! Very creative!!! This is the first time I heard that shirts can be turned to shorts. I never thought that it's possible. I'll try this soonest I get a free time. Then, I'd have something to show off my friends. Thanks for sharing :-) Post some more!

  7. What a clever idea! I'll have to try this.

    Have a great weekend.

  8. I never would have thought this is possible! Thanks so much for linking it up to my {re}create into something new blog party! Hope to see you next week for some more awe inspiring transformations!

    Kaitlin--The Not So Simple Housewife

  9. I love it! I'm going to make this over Thanksgiving break!