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Upcycled Baby Pants | Inspired

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Kate {a high school friend of mine} posted something on Facebook and I sprung on it right away.  She simply stated that she had created pants for her DARLING baby girl from an old sweater of hers.  Hello??  That’s totally something I’d want to share on my blog!

I’m happy to have Kate hanging out on my blog today, sharing her awesome creativity!!

I love checking out DIY projects and tutorials online, especially ones that involve reusing an old thing and making it something new and cool!  I have been wanting to try the project where you take an old sweater and use the arms to make children’s pants for a long time.  I’ve been wanting brown pants for my baby, and I had an old brown sweater, and I was procrastinating a much less interesting sewing project… so it seemed like the perfect time to try it!  I’ve seen so many tutorials for this project and never tried any of them.  If you want to try this and are newer to sewing than me, you will find better instructions than mine with a quick Google search.  I didn’t use a specific guide, but just improvised based on the tutorials I’ve seen, other pants I’ve made, my sweater, and how I wanted it to come out!

This sweater used to be something I wore to work all the time. I’m pretty sure I remember buying it from the clearance of the clearance rack at Old Navy for $3. I got a lot of use from it before the collar became obviously faded. It’s an even better deal now that I turned it into these artsy, unique baby pants! Plus I still have a set of brown buttons and a square of brown material from the back that I can use for another project!

Making sweater pants is really easy.  All I used were scissors, thread, my sewing machine, and my old sweater.  You start by cutting the arms off the sweater.  You can add a panel between them like I did, or cut down the side of the arms a ways to get the edges you sew together for the top of the pants.  You can adjust for length and the size of the hip and thigh by cutting from the top or bottom of your sleeves.   (Cut the top off and use the bottom tapered part of the sleeve if you need to go smaller, or do the opposite if you need to go bigger).  The whole process is completely customizable based on the sweater, the kid and your design.  Parts of my design determined how I would put the pants together.

I wanted to use the embroidered flowers from the sweater, and I love it when baby pants have a big patch over baby’s bottom, so I had to use the flowers for that!  I thought some rough edges would be cute around the flower pieces, and I liked the slight embellishment that went around the top of the sleeves.  So I sewed those edges over the panel on the back instead of keeping both edges inside.  That raised edge is from the original seam attaching the sleeves to the sweater, which I kept on the sleeves when I cut them off.  I chose one of the leftover flowers and sewed it on the front for a little extra decoration.  I also like how you can use the extra stretchy, ribbed pieces from the bottom of the sweater and the ends of the sleeves to make the waist and cuffs on the pants.  I think the way I cuffed the bottom of her pants and sewed them in place is a little weird, but it’s practical.  I did it that way so I can easily remove the stitches and make the pants longer.  The material is pretty stretchy and they are only just tight enough on her to stay on, so I think these pants will last longer than the average baby pants!

(I also learned that babies are reluctant models for displaying crafts!)

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