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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  • http://blog.rookiemoms.com/ RookieMom Whitney

    Plaid flannel infant pants have got to be the cutest thing since sliced tofu, don’t you think?

    Thank you so much, Wendy, since I know you’re getting boatloads of traffic right now from your giveaway. I appreciate the links. Did you see the new and improved video? (Well the question is for you: is it improved?)

  • http://blog.rookiemoms.com RookieMom Whitney

    Plaid flannel infant pants have got to be the cutest thing since sliced tofu, don’t you think?

    Thank you so much, Wendy, since I know you’re getting boatloads of traffic right now from your giveaway. I appreciate the links. Did you see the new and improved video? (Well the question is for you: is it improved?)

  • shannon

    Insanely adorable!

  • shannon

    Insanely adorable!

  • http://LifeLessonsLearnedTogether.blogspot.com/ Jillian

    Super adorable!!!! I need to figure out how to do this come winter time. We have stacks of unworn tees laying around waiting to become adorable pants like these.

  • http://LifeLessonsLearnedTogether.blogspot.com Jillian

    Super adorable!!!! I need to figure out how to do this come winter time. We have stacks of unworn tees laying around waiting to become adorable pants like these.

  • http://travelinglonghorns.blogspot.com/ Jenni

    Wow,
    Wendy those are awesome. I have been thinking about sewing some pants for the kids for spring/summer and this is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration and the link on the tutorial. If I get my act together and make some I’d love to link and show you what I do. Meaning I am holding myself accountable to make some now! And I love, Love, LOVE those adorable hats too. Almost makes me wanna have another baby so I can make some, sigh!!!!

  • http://travelinglonghorns.blogspot.com/ Jenni

    Wow,
    Wendy those are awesome. I have been thinking about sewing some pants for the kids for spring/summer and this is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration and the link on the tutorial. If I get my act together and make some I’d love to link and show you what I do. Meaning I am holding myself accountable to make some now! And I love, Love, LOVE those adorable hats too. Almost makes me wanna have another baby so I can make some, sigh!!!!

  • http://rookiemoms.com/ RookieMom Heather

    So cute! Cute enough to make me want another baby? Almost… Cute enough for me to attempt another pair of t-shirt pants? For sure.

  • http://rookiemoms.com RookieMom Heather

    So cute! Cute enough to make me want another baby? Almost… Cute enough for me to attempt another pair of t-shirt pants? For sure.

  • http://www.uptake.com/ patriciaj

    way cute.

  • http://www.uptake.com patriciaj

    way cute.

  • Lexi

    Oh goodness! That plaid pants pic is totally modelesque. Is he practicing his Blue Steel daily?

  • Lexi

    Oh goodness! That plaid pants pic is totally modelesque. Is he practicing his Blue Steel daily?

  • gabbe

    goodness these are way cute! gonna download the tutorials too!

  • gabbe

    goodness these are way cute! gonna download the tutorials too!

  • http://naturallycurlienaturallyfabulous.blogspot.com/ Michelle

    Love love love it! I recently picked up a sewing machine and have been searching for my first project. The hubby has a ton of old shirts he does not use and now I know what to do with them.

    thank you W!

    Michelle

  • http://naturallycurlienaturallyfabulous.blogspot.com Michelle

    Love love love it! I recently picked up a sewing machine and have been searching for my first project. The hubby has a ton of old shirts he does not use and now I know what to do with them.

    thank you W!

    Michelle

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