Friday, October 2, 2009

Make Your Own Baby Pants!

Baby needs pants. I don't have a whole lot of hand-me-downs for him, considering I have 3 girls ahead of him. So unless I want to put him in dresses, I needed to do something about his lack of pants. I am currently making sure that every load I wash, I have one of his 4 pairs of pants in there. This is getting tedious, I don't like having to wash all the time, and he is about to out-grow 2 of the pants.
What to do, what to do?? Then I remembered seeing somewhere in blog-land, someone taking an adult shirt and turning it into shorts for the kiddies (if someone knows which blog that was, please send me the link!). I figured I have enough sewing know-how to do it on my own.

I have this old sweat-jacket that's too small for the husband and it's just taking up space in here-- perfect for little jogging pants for Baby!
Cut the sleeves off at the seam. I am using Baby's jogging pants for sizing. I cut down on one side of each arm about 10 inches from the top. This will be where I sew them together to attach the legs and make a front and back. Pin right sides together all the way from front to back, then sew.
Here it is, all sewn together. I folded about 1 1/2 inches down around the waist and sewed all the way around, leave a seam open for the elastic. Thread elastic through then sew seam closed.

Ta-dah!! Pretty good job, if I may say so!



Fits Baby perfectly! You'd never know these were from old sleeves unless you took a closer look! I am already looking around for more old shirts to make more pants for Baby! I get to recycle stuff we have and keep from spending money on items that Baby won't wear that long anyway! Now he has warm legs and I have money in my wallet-- everybody is happy! :o)








13 comments:

Bluemeya said...

honey.. your brain is GOLD!!!! I need to take you into my lab and gimme a piece of that! *winks*

I LOVE your idea! Thats so true and so perfect! Way to go, girl!

Miss ya tons!

Stephanie D. said...

Awesome, Jenny! So clever and frugal and recycle-able!

Teeeeeena said...

Woweee! I am impressed! I'd not have thought to do that.. Queen of recyclin' you are!
Hey, Ill see if I have any pants from my wee bigger boy to give to your wee boy and mail it out. We still haven't use long pants yet. Still in 90's to 80's range though at night time it go down to 70's but not cold enough for pants yet.

Gringa-n-Mexico said...

Those look just like the store-bought ones! That is so cool Jenny, I covet your super-skillzz
:)

Karen Mayes said...

Wow, you are a woman of talents! Your family is BLESSED to have you...

barefoot gardener said...

That is so AWESOME! I wish I could sew a straight seam...

Carol said...

What a brilliant idea and they look great!! I would never have thought of that in a million years!!

Your kids should be proud of having such a brilliant Mum!!

C x

Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Fantastic!

Lisa C. said...

Wow! You got a great idea.

karl said...

great idea!

J said...

i recognize those pants... i saw them in soule mama... in her first book, the creative family, i think... amanda blake soule... if you check out her blog you'll prob find them... but your pants look nice too!

Patricia said...

Congratulations. Your turtle certainly looks like it is doing better. It is more than likely a she, judging by the eye color. If her tummy is flat and doesn't have a dimple in it, she is definitely a female.

It is an excellent sign that she moves away when she sees your hand. Turtles rely on their sense of sight to eat and breed. Some head injuries can result in a turtle losing its sense of sight. So this is an important step in her recovery.

You are also right that it may be too late in the season to release her, as she will still need to find a place to hibernate. A winter of recovery will probably do her good.

Has she started eating again?

Thanks for the update,
Patricia (formerly TantraPM)

Sparx said...

Man, what a great idea! And good work with the turtle too.