How stinking adorable, right?!
I went with a jersey knit, with a crazy polka dot print I’ve had in my stash for a year or so, and never knew what to do with it. It was on super-amazing-clearance-sale, so of course I had to get about 4 yards (rational, right?) and promptly stow it away in my fabric stash.
It has seen the light.
What you’ll need for this nap-time sewing project are:
- an existing pair of loose-fitting pants
- 1/4 to 1/2 yard of fabric (jersey, lightweight knit, & linens are great for spring/summer)
- 1″ elastic (measure around the waist +1″)
- 1/4″ elastic (measure around the calf +1″, x2)
- sewing supplies
- paper if you’d like to make a pattern piece
If you’ve never made pants or shorts before, right about now, you’re probably looking at this wondering what you got yourself into. I’d never steer you wrong, folks.
Open both pieces, and place them right-side to right-side, and it’ll look like the above photo. Note the labels… you’re going to sew the center front (and back) seams. Pin from the waist (at the top), along the edge, down to the point and stop. Do this on the other side also.
Hems & Waistband
In a perfect world, I would have done the following to ensure a super neat finish:
Turn the waistband (repeat on legs) under 1/4″, press.
Turn the waistband under another 1″ (only 1/2″ on legs), press.
I did however:
Turn the waistband under 1 1/2″, press.
Turn the legs under 1/2″, press.
Pin, pin, pin.
Use a safety pin through the end of the elastic, and feed it through the opening and casing. Make sure the elastic lays flat in there! You can also pin the other end of the elastic down, so it doesn’t get lost inside. Do this in the waist and both legs.
Liiiiiike…long pants, shorts, regular capris, or even add a bubble hem to long pants and shorts. Oh my gosh.
Don’t forget, the scraps make cute headbands.
This is partying over at…