Upcycled Baby Pants

by Wendy Copley on May 13, 2009

Upcycled baby pants

I’ve been sewing up a storm — a storm of baby pants!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve made six pairs of pants for August. Six pairs! I’m normally not so good at sewing pants or anything else with a curve or a hem, but these pants were hella easy. I used the Rookie Moms T-Shirt Pants tutorial which has to be one of the simplest, most clever ways to make baby clothes every invented. I’m not going to get into all the details because Whitney’s tutorial does that just fine — she even has a video  — but the upshot is that you put a pair of your existing baby pants down on top of an old t-shirt, cut around them, sew four seams and then thread in a little elastic and you’ve got yourself a pair of pants.

We have a gazillion old t-shirts around here because they hand them out like ball point pens at computer conferences. I’m also a food-dropper, so I end up with a lot of shirts that are stained to the point where they’re too embarrassing to wear. A quick pass through our dressers turned up plenty of raw materials. I even made a pair from some of Zach’s old pajamas.

Upcycled baby pants

Doesn’t Augie look cute in them?

Upcycled baby pants

I made some hats out of the fabric that was leftover after cutting out the pants too — also using a Rookie Moms tutorial. (You all do know about Rookie Moms, right? Lots of good ideas there for parents of babies, rookie or experienced.) Here is Augie modeling the hat with the big knot.

Upcycled baby pants

And I made a matching set for some friends who are due any day now too. For their hat, I made two little knots. Cute, huh?

Upcycled baby pants


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