Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Infant/Toddler Pants from a Sweater

Since we are doing cloth diapers, at night, I like to put an outer Thirsties cover on Tesla or if it is cooler, then a pair of longies (knit, fleece, or wool pants to help soak any leaks).

Sidenote: Have you ever wondered what was in a disposable diaper? Ignorance is bliss, I tell ya.

Remember when I had my sewing party? Well, one of the gals made a nifty bag out of a thermal-like sweater-shirt. Because the sleeves remained and I thought they were cute enough, I wanted to try to make a pair of longies for Tesla. I happened upon a tutorial. I figured you could make this a tutorial for pants for a toddler as well, provided the arm sleeves were long enough. Anyway, here are my photos during the process:

Start with your two sleeves:

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Next, from an existing pair of pants, measure where the bottom of the crotch will be and mark it with a pin.

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Cut at the seam of the arm down to the pin. Cut from the top of the sleeve because the bottom of your sleeve will be the "natural" bottom of the pants. Hooray for not having to do hems!

Turn one sleeve inside out and put the normal sleeve inside of the inside out sleeve. Fabrics should be "kissing." Line them up.

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Sew together. I used a zig-zag stitch.

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Measure the waist. Leave room for the size of your elastic plus a little extra. Mine ended up being low rise, so I would've have cut three inches higher than I guessed. Fold down and pin to make the waist. Here is where it is important to measure the hips accurately for a cloth diapered bum! ;)

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Sew the waist and be sure to leave an opening to put in your elastic. Again, I used a zig-zag stitch since it wasn't fleece (and I don’t have a serger).

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Ta-da! Knit longies for my cloth diapered baby. The Sugarbaby looked so stylish with her fancy new pants.

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Such cute teeny-tiny legs! Can’t wait to rummage through my giveaway stash to see if there are more cute sweaters I can repurpose for her.

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