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Turn Leggings into Capris {3 different methods}

Pinned on August 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm by PinPal

Turn Leggings into Capris {3 different methods}

I’m really excited about my newest sponsor, World Wide LabelMostly because about a year ago, I searched and searched for clothing labels that were affordable AND durable.  I finally found World Wide Label and was so happy with them.  (Remember my post about them here?) And ahhhh, I love my little labels…….I attach them to everything.  At World Wide Label, you can send them your own design (which I did) but they’ll also design it for you.  For FREE.  They also offer printed or woven labels (which I love), and their correspondence and delivery was awesome.  Anyway, so happy to have World Wide Label sponsoring Make It and Love It.  They really make it fun to add your “signature” to all of your hard work! :)


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Kindergarten starts for my little (big?) Elli in just a couple of weeks.  Wow.  We went to Target last night and picked up all of her school supplies.  She was excited to gather everything up from the supply list in the colors and assortments that she wanted.  (I didn’t know so many memories would flood back for me.  I wanted to buy cupcake notebooks and #2 striped pencils for myself too.)  Then we stopped by the big-girl clothing section and I asked her to pick anything she wanted, put it into the cart, and then we’d scale it down and see what she actually wanted/needed…………and then put the other stuff back.  (That’s what I do when I’m shopping for me and it makes my husband nuts. :) )  After a while, I noticed she kept throwing in skirts and dresses, skirts and dresses.  I reminded her that she’s gong to be playing on the playground and going to P.E. and running around chasing boys.  (Yes, she gave me a really confused look.)  So I told her that she needed shorts or capri leggings to go under those skirts/dresses.  But we couldn’t really find any.  Then, I suddenly remembered the pile of outgrown leggings she had at home and told her, “go for it, get all the dresses and skirts you want!”.

When we got home, I pulled out that stash of old leggings that were getting too short and would surely be way too short when the cooler weather came around this fall.  So I hacked them off. And played around with 3 different techniques to turn them into capri’s.

And depending on your comfort level with your sewing machine, you can pick your favorite method.

Each method is a pretty quick fix.  And I kinda like all 3.  Especially how nice and neat that double seam looks.  (Have you ever used a double needle? So cool.)  But oooh, the raw edge is so fast.  And that ruched look is so darling.  Aggh, see?  That’s why I say I like all 3.


3 pairs down, about 4 more to go.  Yeah, this girl has plenty of leggings.  (She wears them all winter under dresses/skirts.)  And now they get to see another season.

Oh, by the way, I get asked a lot where I buy my girls’ leggings.  Well, anywhere I see them, I snatch them up.  Even if I’m not sure they’ll go with anything.  Because, eventually, they will.  But I see most of these fun colors and prints at Target, Old Navy, and Baby Gap.  Sometimes I find some at Carters and sometimes at Wal-Mart.  I find thick cute tights at the same places.

But rarely can I find capri leggings.  That’s no longer a big deal. :)


And in case you’re curious how those ruched leggings look on…….cute, right?  Makes me want some for me.


Now her little undies won’t show while she’s hanging from the monkey bars.  Problem solved.


Would you like to turn some long leggings into capri leggings?

To get started, find some leggings you’d like to chop off.  Don’t have any in your drawers?  Check the clearance racks at the stores.  Or the thrift store.

If you still can’t find any…….make your own from scratch.  And use this tutorial if you need it.

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