How to resize / make the waistband smaller in your kids shorts / pants. 

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I bought a pair of inexpensive bermuda shorts at Target for my 8 year old.

Its hard to find shorts long enough and when I did I bought 4 pairs. Problem is they do not have an adjustable waist, So here is how I fixed that. First my daughter likes the waist of her pants tight, so you will need to decide how much smaller you need to make yours.

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4.5 inches is what we went with, remember it stretches.

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My elastic was .75 inches wide, you can go up to an inch or a bit smaller. I probably wouldn’t go smaller then .50 inches wide.

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your going to be cutting it inside here and here, I use the belt loops as markers and go just on the outside of them

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Use your seam ripper to cut open the slit

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Cut

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Now the other side

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Both sides cut

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Now the elastic, I love this Bodkin, its under $2 and works SO much better then a safety pin.

 

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Thread the elastic through the hole by inserting it into one of the open ends. Im going from left to right on mine, but it wont matter which way you start.

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Now set your sewing machine to a zig zag stitch and set it at its widest length, mine is 4, the width can stay the same

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Now stitch ove a few times, I stitch then reverse then stitch again until I feel like its not going anywhere.

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Like this

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Now I just pull the fabric back over the stitching, I don’t close this because its inside the pants and no-one will see it. Also my daughter hates to feel anything inside her pants so stitching would bother her. She doesn’t feel the unstitched whole.

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This is what the back looks like. When its all gathered you really can’t see it, but still get a thread that’s close to the color of pants.

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Now pull the elastic out the other side.

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And stitch again

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And your done!

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Thanks for reading

Jamie