Repurpose! Long sleeve shirt into baby pants

Hooray, my first tutorial!  Here’s a great way to use those old maternity t-shirts that you’re not wearing anymore!

For this project, you will need a long-sleeve shirt, elastic, and standard sewing accoutrements.  It would also be helpful if you have a pair of sample pants to copy.

1: Cut the sleeves off of your shirt.

2:  Stack the sleeves and put the sample pants, folded in half, on top of the stack.  The inseam side of the pants should be facing the inner seam of the sleeves.  Adjust the pants up or down along the sleeves so that the crotch point is touching the seam of the sleeve while the outside of the pants is along the other edge of the sleeves.

3:  Cut off the top of the sleeves, about 1.5 inches above the top of the pants waist.  Then cut along the side leaving about half an inch clearance.

4: Turn the sleeves inside out and face the side cuts together.

5:  Pin and stitch right sides together along the side cuts.  This will become the front-to-back crotch seam.

6:  Cut your elastic one inch shorter than the distance around the waist.  Overlap the ends of the elastic about half an inch and stitch together.  Then pin and stitch the elastic to the front and back of the pants on the seams, about a quarter inch below the top of the waist.

7:  Fold down the top of the pants, including the elastic in the folded part, with the elastic being all the way up against the fold.  Stretch the pants to pin the fold down evenly around.  Stitch all the way around using a loooooooong stitch (stretching the fabric as you go), just below the elastic.  Then stitch around again just below the first line of stitching.

8: Hem up the bottom of the legs to your desired length.

9: Put them on your bambina!


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