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Repurposing Clothes for Boys Tutorials

Boys Own Style Clothing Repurposing Tutorial Round Up

Finding just the right fabrics for boy’s clothing can be a challenge. Men’s clothes area great source of fabric (and inspiration). I have a huge pile of old men’s pants and shirts just waiting to be revamped for my son.

Here are some of my favourite tutorials for repurposing clothes for boys from around the blogosphere.

These shorts from a men’s shirt at Saltwater Kids make a great light-weight addition to a boy’s summer wardrobe:

Shorts from Men's Shirt

If it’s as cold as it is here at the moment, Dana from Made’s tutorial for a vest from an old jumper (sweater) is just perfect!

Vest from Sweater

This Baby cyclist outfit by Lorene from I am Just Lu was made from an old T-shirt. I have some old cycling jerseys from my husband that I’d love to do something similar with.

Baby Cycling Outfit

Carrie at This Mama Makes Stuff has a great tutorial for Slim Slacks from men’s pants:

Slim Slack Tutorial

Download the instructions turn a Men’s polo into boy’s polo shirt at Sewing Mamas:

Men's Polo to Boy's Polo

Heather from Feather’s Flight made some handsome Baby Shortall from adult T-shirts – a great way to get a more masculine look in baby wear!

Baby Shortall from Adult T-shirt

You don’t just have to use bigger clothes to repurpose. Check out these Pants into shorts (adding a front pocket with the scraps) from Make It Love It – get a bit more wear out of pants that are too short:

Pants to Shorts Tutorial

And I have to include my own tutorial for Men’s Jeans to Toddler Pants:

Men's Jeans to Toddler Pants

And the variation for drawstring shorts to boy’s pants:

Mens Shorts to Boys Pants

What repurposing projects have you made for the boys in your life?


  1. Thanks for the feature, and thanks for this round-up! Now I have lots of things to make for my little boy!

  2. I love re-using my husband’s old things for clothing (and hats!) for my boys. The contrast between mature prints and immature styles can be so cute.

  3. I love reusing and upcycling and your list brings some new inspiration, thanks!

    Here are some of my projects:
    I have made a woolen jumper into pants (see photos here: http://krokodilledesign.blogspot.no/2012/01/ullgenser-blir-barnehagebukse.html).
    Old jeans into a bag:
    A men’s shirt into trousers and a new shirt:
    and many other projects – love the way old clothes inspire me to make something new 🙂

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