Flipped | Wool Pants to Shorts {DIY + Tutorial}

I met my lovely mother yesterday for an exchange of goods. All legal. She passed along these wool pants that were way to large for her, and she figured I could use them. So, they are now my winter shorts. Wearing shorts in the winter seems so wrong, doesn’t it? Like you’re rebelling against the season. Well with a pair of tights and boots, I’m on my way.

Step 1: Cut off the legs close to where you want them to hit. Give yourself some room, just in case.

Step 2: Fold under about 1.5 inch.

Step 3: Then fold the opposite way so you have a cuff.

If the fabric is stiff and tight enough, you may not have to sew. However, feel free to secure the cuff with a few hand stitches here and there.


It’s hard to tell here, but the waist is way to big for me. So I created a scalloped/pleated waistband at the top with a small belt.

By the way, there’s more to this one (i.e. save those pant legs) but I couldn’t bear the cold.

I’m wearing:
– Leather Jacket: JCrew
– Belt: My mother’s, now mine… hehe
– Shorts: My mother’s pants, now my shorts


  • Veronica G.

    I have been wanting to rock shorts this fall and this is super cute. Now I must head to the thrift store for some wool pants. Thanks for the DIY.

    • Whitney

      Thank you Veronica. I definitely like wearing shorts with tights. But let’s be honest, it is NOT suitable cold weather attire. Haha.

  • Lindsay

    Cool! I want to try this too! Super cute DIY.

  • Such a great reminder to keep an open mind about thrifty items being given away. Something magical can usually be done with them to make them fit your style. Love the thought.

  • Anne

    This is so great!! Love how they turned out.

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