We all see those adorable up cycled pants everywhere, but did you know that most are crazy easy to make? Now i’m not doing this blog to say only make your own, never buy from vendors. I STILL buy from vendors because they possess skills I don’t have, materials I don’t have, and they can jazz them up in ways that I can’t. However, I’m not in a position to buy a lot of props right now (Those darn children of mine insist on eating food!!), plus I am a very creative person and this is a great way for me to experiment and get my creativity out, but still benefit from it. This tutorial is great for a simple pair of non gender specific pants. Which means, no ruffles on the bum or anything like that.
I get asked a lot WHERE i got my pants pattern. I for the life of me can not remember where I got the original pattern. I tried ALOT of patterns, and ended up modifying mine to suit my needs. And even the pattern I do have I end up winging it a lot. For example, if I’m using a thick sweater i’ll trace a little larger than the pattern so if I have a large baby it’ll fit them. If it’s a really stretchy sweater i’ll trace it a bit smaller. I have different lengths of legs depending on if I want to make long pants, pants below the knees, or shorts… My suggestion is just to experiment and see what you like. For me personally I tend to only use pants on the beanbag (only thin ones so it doesn’t interfere with posing), parent shots if parents request it, and sometimes when positioning baby on their back. So my personal preference is to have my pants a little bit baggier and longer so they will fit pretty much any newborn that comes in. However my thinner ones for the beanbag i’ll do a little trimmer because the fit is a little more important for those. Hopefully that makes sense. The gist is make a pair, see how they fit, and alter it to your needs!
I am still working on HOW I can make the pattern I have available to everyone. If anyone has any suggestions let me know! However I know that I have used THIS pattern and it’s very close to what I currently use. I have made a few modifications, but her pants pattern, and tutorial is fabulous as well!
Ok, on to the tutorial!!
So the first thing you want to do is cut out your pattern pieces. For my pattern I need to cut out 2 pieces which I then layer ontop of each other with the right side in. The sweater I chose for this one has 2 distinct patterns as you can see. The photo on the right below shows the two right sides facing in.
*My Tip* – if this is your first time making pants choose either a jersey fabric where it won’t matter what side is in or out, or choose a sweater that has a very distinct in and out. Be careful of plain knit sweaters because you could do what I did my first few pairs and not match them properly and end up with unusable pants!
Then you want to pin your pants along the top sides. BUT ONLY TO THE FIRST POINT! In the first image above you can see my 3 pins along each side. You will sew from the top pin to the third pin down both sides.
This is what your pants should look like so far.
I know. It doesn’t look like pants yet, but NOW, what you are going to do is pick up your pants by the top, and lay the 2 seams you just sewed ontop of each other and it should look like this now….
Woah! NOW it looks like pants! So, now what we are going to do is stitch up the legs and crotch of the pants. starting at one ankle, up and around to the other ankle. I do recommend if you are not a great sewer yet, or if your pant pieces weren’t cut and lining up 100% to pin it, but I will admit that I rarely if ever pin anymore. I know. Terrible.
This is what your pants should look like now.
What I like to do at this step is check all my seams a) to make sure that I didn’t miss anywhere causing a gap. Secondly to make sure that my seam allowance (The space between the edge of the fabric and my line of stitching) isn’t too big. If it is i’ll trim it a little closer to the stitching, however be careful! Don’t cut it to close or you risk the fabric fraying past the seam, or cutting your seam. If you do, it’s an easy fix. Just re sew the seam.
Now all thats left to do is make the waist. Now there are 2 options. You can leave the waist as is and use a large needle and yarn, every few inches stitch creating a more rustic type waist. However, i like my pants a little more finished plus i find it just looks nicer because I won’t have fabric bunching. So to do this you want to fold the hem over about an inch. Then sew all the way around closest to the end of the fabric NOT the top of the waist. See where I am sewing below.
Your pants now look like this.
You’re almost there!! Now I usually need to trim my waist seam allowance a bit, so go ahead and do that now if you’d like. Then turn your pants right side out. and BAM! Pants! One last step and you are done!
Now, the last thing you need to do is insert the waistband. For this all I use is a length of yarn, and a safety pin. Yup. That’s it. No fancy tools! Just tie one end so you have what I have below.
Then in your pants cut 2 small holes in the waistband at the front (On either side of the seam under the belly button). Then slip the safety pin in one side, thread it around then out the other hole.
Then cut the yarn so the 2 lengths match and thats it!! Easy Peasy!! Here is my pair of finished pants below!
It should”t take too long to make. It takes me about 10-15 minutes tops to make a pair starting from cutting to final. Even less sometimes.
Hopefully this helps! And as always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please post below any pants you make! And if there are any additional tutorials you’d like me to make!
Happy Sewing you crafty artists!!