What to do with old sweatpants

What to do with old sweatpants

Your favorite pair of sweatpants is probably one of the most comfortable things you own. Its worn-out fabric is super soft to the touch and wearing the pants just makes you feel relaxed. Although using sweatpants as pajama pants is very acceptable and normal, sometimes the material gets so worn out and old that it doesn’t have the ability to keep itself up – no matter how you tug and tighten the drawstring.

Another reason why it might be time to chuck out your favorite sweats is when holes start to form and the pants just become unsightly, even when used for lounging at home.

It’s never easy to throw away a piece of clothing you feel attached to, but no matter how you damaged your old sweats, it is time to stop using them as sweatpants.

What to do with old sweatpants?

The truth is that you don’t even have to throw them out. Get a little creative and put your DIY and crafting skills to the test. Use these ideas to save your favorite sweatpants from the trash can and find new uses for them instead:

  1. From Old Sweatpants to New Pajama Shorts

Let’s be honest. Completely getting rid of your old sweatpants is hard to do, especially if you’ve been wearing them for a while. It is understandable to get attached; we’ve all felt this at one point in time or another. The best way to reuse your old sweats is by turning them into pajama shorts. This allows you to recycle your sweatpants and use them again! Provided there are no holes in them, here’s how you can make your own sweatpants pajama shorts:

  • On a flat surface, lay the old sweatpants down and measure the length of how short or long you want your pajama shorts to be.
  • Using only very sharp scissors, cut down following the line from the inseam and then outward.
  • Put the cut-up shorts onto an ironing board and line the edges with hemming tape with the lace layering on top of the tape.
  • Place parchment paper over it and for 8 seconds, iron it to allow the lace to adhere on the shorts.
  • Repeat the same steps for the other leg.
  • Attach lace on the drawstring and put it back inside using a safety pin.
  • Use the drawstring as a guide; pull it out once the lace is in place.
  • Tie a bow, and you’re done!

It takes a bit of effort to do this and it seems easier to throw out your sweats and buy shorts instead. However, it’s worth it. Once you have your new cute shorts, they will easily become your favorite piece of clothing!

  1. Turing Sweats into a Tablet Case

Everyone has a tablet at home that needs a case for extra protection. A fancy casing can set you back a lot of money, so why not use your old sweatpants to make a nice soft case? Here’s how you can do it:

  • Measure the tablet you want to make the case for.
  • Add an extra one to two inches for allowance and a better fit.
  • Cut the sweats according to the new measurement; add another two inches to one piece to serve as the flap for cover.
  • Sew the two pieces together leaving the top part with the extra fabric open.
  • Turn the newly-sewn casing inside out so that the stitching stays out of sight.
  • Cut a small slit on the front flap.
  • Add a button that will secure the opening to the slit you just created.
  • Tada! You are done!

It is that easy to make use of your old sweatpants to make a tablet or even phone casing. You can add a few embellishments to make it more attractive. If you have more than one color of sweatpants, you can even combine the two colors to make the case more colorful.


What do to with old sweatpants? It’s up to your imagination and creativity. These are just two examples of old sweatpants repurposing that you can do at home. There’s no need to throw out an old pair of sweats just because they’ve gotten a little worn down. Get creative and look up other DIY projects that you can follow. Better yet, make your own DIY sweatpants repurposing and share it with others!

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