Turn a T-Shirt into Shorts- Travel Tip #10
This travel tip comes from the highly resourceful nomad Wanderjahr Jill. Read on, and you will be sure to learn how to turn a t-shirt into a pair of shorts. I cannot predict when you will need to use this tip, but, I must say, there will come a day when you look into your rucksack and realize that your articles of clothing are not appropriately diverse to fully clothe a human body. For sometimes on the Road you just have a few too many t-shirts and not enough shorts, sometimes the clothes in your bag just do not match the climate, and sometimes you just need a change.
This travel tip is about making use of what have. This tip is about getting your self out of a jam.
This tip is about how to turn a t-shirt into a pair of shorts:
First, place the t-shirt on a flat surface and cut the sleeves off along the seams.
Take the sleeves and cut them along their seam so that they are flat pieces of fabric rather than “rings.” Place them on top of each other and off to the side.
Cut the top of the t-shirt along the seams like in the photo.
Lay your parts in front of you. You will use all of this fabric.
Position cut up t-shirt upside down so that they look like shorts. The top of the t-shirt is now the bottom of the shorts. The bottom of the t-shirt is now the top of the shorts.
Cut the “crotch” of the shorts up approx. four inches. Be sure to leave room for your butt. May want to measure up against yourself.
Now take the two pieces of fabric from the t-shirt sleeves and sew them together at the short edge. Refer to photos.
Now that the two t-shirt sleeve fabrics are sewn together you can put them inside of the “shorts” with the sewn seam of the sleeves as the center crotch of the shorts.
Sew down the edges so that it looks like the above photo. Do this on both sides of the shorts. The t-shirt sleeves are now the inside crotch area of the shorts.
You have now just made a t-shirt into a pair of shorts. Now it is time to add a drawstring!
To make a drawstring use an old piece of cord, string, or shoelace and poke two holes into the natural seam of the old t-shirt.
Now trim up any loose ends and hem the bottom legs of the shorts and you are finished.
There you go, Travel Tip #10- How to turn a t-shirt into shorts. As always, take this travel tip or leave it.
Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 80 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. Wade Shepard has written 3135 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.
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