Old Sweater New Pants

There's something about reusing/repurposing/upcycling old sweaters that gets me.  You may have seen this post about making sweaters into pillows...I feel the same kind of affection and coziness for these baby pants.  Yes, pants made with a sweater.  With sweater SLEEVES to be exact.  LOVE.

You know how babies grow out of clothing faster than you can say Peek a Boo?  Well my little guy is no exception - he's also in the 95th percentile for height and 50th for weight - which means he's already long enough for his 12 month old pants at 7 1/2 months, even though the waist is usually too big.  I'm worried what size he'll be wearing at 12 months, not to mention finding pants that fit well over cloth diapers can be difficult too - so making baby pants totally went on my To Do list.

This is a quick and easy project - took me maybe 30 minutes to complete and the cutie pictured over there to the left was awake while I was sewing these, so I'm telling you - these are easy peasy to make.

I saw this pin and read through the tutorial on The Daily B, which undoubtedly is better than mine.  I'm just throwing that warning out there in advance.  Don't say I never did anything for you.

Ok, so - holy cute right?

I totally (and secretly - well, secretly until he reads my blog that is) stole a sweater from my husband's drawer to use for this project.  I thought it might be fun to go to Goodwill and find some old sweaters but it was cold and gloomy the day I did this, so his sweater would have to do.

- Take sweater and cut off the sleeves.  Yup, just lop them right off.  I love that stuff.
- Measure the inseam (either on your child, or with another pair of pants)  I used a pair of fleece pants as a guide.
- Cut down the seam of both sleeves.  I cut down about 7 inches.
- Match up the cut sides of both sleeves.  Pin and sew down both sides, making sure to reinforce the ends and the crotch for good measure :)
- Pants!  Almost  - now to add the elastic around the waist

You'll fold down and pin about 1" - 1 1/2" all around the circumference of the pants.  Then you'll sew, making a tube of sorts at the top of the pants.  Leave one end open so you can slide the elastic through.  Somehow I forgot to take a picture of this step.  Sorry!  Remember, cutie pie was awake and keeping me distracted.  (When all else fails, blame the baby.  No one can be mad at a baby...)

Now, take your elastic and put a safety pin in one end.  This is so you can slide the elastic through the tube/waistband without losing it.  It makes it very easy to pull through!

Once you get the elastic through, sew up both ends of the elastic.  (You can pre measure the elastic before you thread it, or you can guess and do it after you've pulled it through the waistband.)  

And that's it!  Isn't my model cute?

I wish I could make myself a pair!