Ok so I’ve mentioned in some past posts that I am playing around with up cycling old clothes into “new” toddler clothes. I am having quite a blast getting creative with this.
My latest epiphany when going through my goodwill bin was these awesome Jersey Turtlenecks I no longer wear. I’ve been making a ton of the kiddo’s leggings out of store bought fabric or old T-shirts, but never thought of using an old turtleneck until now…
I found a great way to make patterns from already existing toddler pants over at Dana Made it.. I won’t repeat her tutorial, but once you have your pattern made, your ready to follow my tutorial.
- Old Jersey Material turtleneck – here are some listed currently on Ebay
- Sewing Machine/Serger – if using sewing machine make sure to use the zigzag stitch.
- Complimentary thread
- Pattern – (I made mine via Dana made it’s tutorial)
Step 1: Jersey material turtle neck ( you want it to be stretchy, vs. thick knit that has little stretch) I used a size medium or large for my 4T pants. so size accordingly you can always make shorts vs. pants too.
Step 2: Place your pattern down on the turtleneck (I created my pattern by following Dana made it tutorial on pants)
Step 3: Cut around your pattern and cut the top of the turtleneck off as close to the seam as possible ABOVE the seam. you don’t want any of the neck seam as part of your finished pants. You should have 5 pieces total. SAVE those arms.. I will be posting another project soon on how you can use those 🙂
Step 5: Then open those now 2 pieces up and face right sides together and pin then sew like below
Step 6: Open and keep right sides together and pin and sew final leg seam.
Step 7: Add the waistband, it’s a bit tricky because the waistband is a bit smaller then the pants (good thing, so it holds up the pants!) turn pants right side out, and slide over the old “neck” of the shirt with the seam on the neck lining up with the seam on the now back of the pants. Pin in 4 locations.. then sew around stretching as you go.
ALL DONE! clip threads and see your fabulous work! this took me about 20 minutes (well a bit longer trying to remember to take pics).. Here is one of my little models 😉
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