Thrifty Upcycle Tutorial: How to DIY Pants From Curtain Fabric

7 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial, I am transforming my awesome vintage thrift curtain fabric into a pair of fabulous palazzo style pants.

This is a thrift flip upcycle that you are definitely going to want to try, if you want something that’s easy to make and fun to wear!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric about twice the circumference of your lower body
  • Wide loose pants for template
  • Sewing elastic
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Fabric for DIY pants

1. Cut your fabric

Fold your fabric in half widthwise, then cut it in half on the fold. Now you have two equal pieces.

For reference, my fabric was 210 centimeters (82.7 inches) wide and 115 centimeters (45.3 inches) long.

So, each of my pieces was 105x115 centimeters (41.3 x 45.3 inches).

Folding fabric

Now, take one of the cut pieces, and fold it in half widthwise.

Fabric edges

With right sides facing, stitch the raw cut open edge closed, so you have a long tube of fabric.

Repeat with the other cut piece.

Folding fabric

2. Cut your palazzo pants pattern

Lay the tubes of fabric on top of each other, with the folded sides and stitched sides aligning.

Cutting palazzo pants pattern

Turn your wide pants inside out and fold them in half. Lay your wide pants on top of the fabric, lining up the inseams on your pants with the sewn edges of the fabric.

Tip: If your wide pants are more high-waisted than you want your palazzo pants to be, extend the top of your pants over the edge of your fabric a bit.

Cutting palazzo pants pattern

Cut out the excess corner of fabric.

Attaching pant legs

3. Attach the pant legs

Open one pant leg so that the inseam is facing up.

Attaching pant legs

With one pant leg right-side out and the other wrong-side out, insert one pant leg into the other so that both right sides are facing together, lining up the inseams.

Attaching pant legs

Stitch the pant legs together along the V-shape, and then trim off the excess seam allowance with pinking shears.

Making the waistband

4. Make the waistband

If you have sheer fabric, as shower curtains often are, then a drawstring waist probably won’t hold.

Fold in the top of the pants and stitch a casing for elastic, leaving an opening.

Making the waistband

Insert elastic and close the opening.

DIY pants

Here are my finished DIY thrift flip palazzo pants. They are such a comfortable vintage upcycle and I love wearing them!

I hope you give these upcycle pants a try yourself, and then leave a comment to let me know how you liked this thrift flip tutorial.

Find all of my 30 Days of Refashions tutorials here

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric about twice the circumference of your lower body
  • Wide loose pants for template
  • Sewing elastic
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