Upcycle your pants with simple origami folds

Masayo folds and pins the hem of some wide leg pants


origami folds in pant hem

Here is a great way to breathe life into your old pants.

Perhaps they have frayed hems or you think the would look better as 3/4 or 7/8 pants.

With this simple idea, you can create several different looks depending on where you tack the fabric.

We can create lots of volume and interesting shadows and angles using simple origami style folds.

I use this technique all the time when designing for dogstar

and used it most recently on the 3/4 Frost pants.

The great thing is that anyone can do it .You don't have to know how to use a sewing machine, just a needle and thread will do!

So.. the hem can be left as is to create 7/8 pants or trimmed by 10 cm or so to convert into 3/4 pants. (If cutting - remember to leave 3 or 4cm for the hem)

Follow the steps in the images. There is really no right or wrong ways to do it. Sometimes it takes me several attempts to get it what I want, but you can always just pin in place and wear it to see how the garment will sit.

To me, that is the fun part of designing, especially when it involves different fabric types with completely different properties.

I would love to know if any of you try this idea, please send me a photo if you do.

If you are not confident to do yourself, you can always bring your pants into our studio at Woolloongabba and we can do it togerther !

9 step guide

View in shop - 3/4 frost pants  - with origami style folded hem