Recycle: trousers


I have vowed via my 17 for 2017 Challenge not to buy any new clothes in 2017.

Part of this challenge is to recycle or upcycle existing clothes. These trousers were bought over 12 years ago and I haven’t worn them for at least 10 years. The colour is a bit startling all in one block, slightly darker and more purple in reality. We are in the middle of a heatwave here in the UK, I need some shorts, so …..


The (long) shorts come just below my knobbly knees and I shall leave them to fray with wear. The colour is more bearable when there is less of it.

With the bonus of two pieces to play with …


…. on the left an idea for a small shoulder bag, just right for a child to take to the beach and on the right, fabric for textile books or another piece of textile art – fun!

Have you revamped any clothes recently?



33 responses to “Recycle: trousers

  1. I am constantly patching my son’s clothes with weird stuff that he likes.

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  2. Oh, all the time – you wouldn’t believe the pairs of shorts that The Boys have that started life as trousers…..!

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  3. What a great idea. I don’t want to even think about the stuff I have bought in 2017 that probably won’t ever be worn.

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  4. Great idea – no trousers for me to cut down though! Another idea, I have taken to using a tiny denim shoulder bag (about the size of the bag you have made) around the garden as it is just big enough for secateurs and string and my phone. Particulary useful in summer when I haven’t any pockets

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  5. Murtagh's Meadow

    Lovely bag idea. I too have recently taken a scissors to an old pair of faded tracksuits bottoms and they have become perfect gardening shorts!! The bottoms (following your examples) I should use for some repairs!

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  6. I just wear them until they fall apart, then I use them as rags. Not very enterprising but little goes to waste. πŸ™‚

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  7. Great little bags, and some very in vogue shorts! My recycling this year has been t-shirts. I now have plenty of rags and sent the nicest ones to Moldova for projects at the orphan camp. It seems I acquired 2-3 new tees each year with the camp themes on them…I certainly don’t need that many!

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  8. What a great idea Daffy. I am not very good at revamping things! πŸ™‚

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  9. Wow ! Loved the recycled bags πŸ™‚

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  10. Well, my technological abilities just get more disappointing as I found the comment I made earlier off my tablet didn’t go through! Piffle!
    Just wanted to say, I’m impressed with your use of the off cuts too!

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  11. Great ideas! Alas, I’m not good at sewing or revamping clothes. This means I have to keep ’em until they wear out πŸ˜‰

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  12. Not this year but last year I had white trousers that had a stain on the lower leg. I cut them off for shorts and no more stain. I didn’t hem them either. Now this year I see that you can purchase frayed shorts and pants. I won’t be buying them either.

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