Pants made out of sweater sleeve is a classic in our house. They are comfortable, cheap and easy to make. I always get compliments on them when my little guy is wearing some. When I explained how easy it is, they all say : What a great idea!
This is a very easy and quick project that the even the I-barely-ever-touched-a-sewing-machine beginner can do.
- Thin or wide elastic for the waist.
- The recipiant children’s pair of pants for a guide.
Cut out the sleeves of your sweater. The older the child, the bigger sweater you’d like to use.
Fold guide pants in half and place over sleeve. Cut.
Turn once sleeve inside out. Put the right side out sleeve into the inside out one.
For the waist, Method 1:
Serge the waist or double fold it. Sew along leaving a place to insert the elastic.
The elastic should be the circumference of the waist. Insert, sew both ends of the elastic and close the whole.
Method 2 : this one is less pretty, but it’s useful when you know there won’t be enough room for the butt if you fold at the waist. Some might want to use a coordonating color one. You can easily dye elastics. Ultimately it doesn’t show when there’s a shirt over it.
Take a wider elastic and sew ends together. Place wrong side facing elastic over right side facing pants and sew or serge around.
Now you know what to make of that pile of sweater people always give you ( I know I’m not alone! Someone even gave me only the sleeves…) I always make a pair of those for the Winter Solstice morning and they are always a hit.