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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DIY Upcycled Baby Boy Knit Pants

Baby Boy Pants Upcycled From Long-Sleeved Tee Shirt


Any parent of a baby knows how fast they go through clothes that first year. It's unbelievable how it seems like one day, there is an entire drawer packed with clothes that don't fit anymore. Well, that's where I am with B3 right now. But here's the problem: I'm not a newbie parent anymore, and I REFUSE to pay $10+ for a pair of baby pants that will only be used (and abused) for a matter of months!

I'd been admiring a lot of upcycling projects on Pinterest, so I decided to attempt some baby boy pants from the fabric of an alternate garment. I couldn't find anything sufficient in my closet, so I perused the clearance rack at Target, and, voila! I found a women's XXXL shirt in the 70% off section! Armed and ready to create, I came home and promptly began my project for B3. And I proceeded with such fervor, that I neglected to take a single photo during the process! I was too excited... I'm doing to try to replicate and most some soon.


This shirt provided SOOO much fabric, I didn't know where to begin. And then it struck me: the SLEEVES! The cuffs would be perfect for his legs, thus eliminating any hemming (and very little sewing) for me! Anyway, to gauge his size, I used a pair of his current pants folded in half lengthwise and lined it up on top of the sleeves (that was my guide for cutting out the fabric). I did that twice--only two cuts! Then I lined up and pinned the raw edges to make the rise of the pants. Got out my sewing machine and zipped through that... and then added the elastic at the waist. So easy! And there is still plenty of fabric left over for at least two more pairs. And that funky seam design in the original shirt ended up looking really cool down his pant legs!


I'll definitely be attempting this lady-sleeves-into-baby-pants project again, and next time I'll be sure to take more pics during the process. 















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10 comments:

  1. Hi Thrifter in Disguise!

    I am interested in making a pair of these baby pants out of a women's long sleeve tee. As a less than mediocre seamstress myself, I am confused on how you made the rise of the pants - was it a separate cut with extra fabric? Also, how difficult do you think it would be to do this project without a sewing machine?

    Thanks!

    Less than mediocre seamstress

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    1. Those are really good questions. Yes, the "rise" is kind of confusing, especially without pictures. Basically the rise is the crotch, for lack of a more delicate term. In this case, it's the seam going between the legs from the belly button to the center lower back. And no, you don't need any extra fabric for it! To answer your second question, I don't think it would be hard to hand-sew this project, but the elastic would be tricky. I've never attempted a waistband by hand. Anyone else have a recommendation for that?

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  2. How cute are these! That is a great shirt to use, I love the stripes and the seam down the leg.

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    1. Thanks, Bethany! I know! I think the seam turned out so cute, but I was a little worried about it when I first started!

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    1. Thanks! Now I don't ever want to pay for baby pants again ;)

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  4. great! I've done something like this before, even using the sleeves as the legs... I just cut a notch for the crotch seam.... SO fast and fun... as long as their legs are shorter than my arms :o) My four year old is too tall now :o)
    Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

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    1. Ut oh! I better cut up as many sleeves as I can now :) Do you still make your 4-yo pants anyway?

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  5. Super cute! I like the seam line too, cute detail. I know what you mean about spending that money on something they'll wear for only a couple months. My son completely skipped a size when he was a baby!

    Heidi

    handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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    1. It's so frustrating! I'm trying to only shop in clearance sections for him, but it still adds up! I need to make him some more pants out of this shirt... or maybe shorts, actually, since summer's almost here!

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