Step 1: Find a pair of pants that fit your child.
M is cloth diapered so I made sure to pick a pair of pants that fit well over his cloth covered butt.
Step 2: Fold the pants in half.
Make sure to get the seams lined up as well as possible and all the cloth is as flat as you can make it.
Step 3: Trace the pants onto something.
After making sure it is lined up and flat use a pen or a pencil and trace the pants onto a piece of cardboard, paper, cardstock, ect. Then add a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance (whichever you feel more comfortable with).
Step 4: Cut out new pattern.
Cut out the Pattern you traced.
Step 5 (optional): Measure pockets on pants.
If you want to add pockets to the pants measure the dimensions of the pockets on the existing pants.
Step 6 (optional): Draw the pockets.
Draw the dimensions on the same material you traced the pants onto and add the same seam allowance around it.
Step 7 (optional): Cut out pattern for pockets.
Cut out the pattern you just drew for the pockets.
Step 8: Place pattern(s) on new fabric.
Take your pattern for the pants and place it on the material
Take your pocket pattern and place it on the fabric you want your pockets made out of.
Step 9: Trace pattern onto new fabric.
Trace around the pants pattern with a pen, chalk, marker, or fabric marker. Trace the pants pattern twice with the crotch facing left and then flip the pattern over and trace that one twice with the crotch facing right.
Trace the pocket pattern once and then flip the pattern and trace it again.
Step 10: Cut out the pieces.
Cut out the pants pieces you created by tracing the pattern onto the fabric.
Step 11: Put the two pants pieces right sides together.
Place the two pairs of pants pieces right sides(the side you want on the outside when finished) together.
Step 12: Sew from the waist to the crotch on both sets of legs.
Sew the two pieces of fabric for each pair together from the top of the crotch to the bottom.
Step 13: Place the two sewn pieces right sides together.
Open both pairs of sewn fabric up and place the two pieces together right sides together.
Step 14: Sew down the sides of the pant legs.
Sew down from the top (where the waist band will be) of the outer legs to the bottom (to where the cuff of the pant legs will be).
Step 15: Then Sew along the insides of the legs of the pants.
Sew from one bottom of the inside leg, around the crotch and back down to the other inside leg.
Step 16: Fold the cuffs of the pants up an inch.
Fold the bottom of each leg up in the pant leg about an inch.
Step 17: Fold the cuffs up another inch.
Fold the folded bottom of each leg up in the pant leg another inch, and pin or clip.
Step 18: Sew around the cuffs.
Sew around the folded up leg cuffs.
Step 19: Fold the waist down 1/2 inch and sew.
Fold down the waist 1/2 inch and sew around it.
Step 20 : Fold the waist down another two inches and sew it down leaving an opening for the elastic.
Fold down the waist again but two inches and sew around the waist leaving an open for threading the elastic through the waistband.
Step 21: Measure around the waist of your child, and add an inch and cut that amount of elastic.
Take a measuring tape around your child’s waist and add and inch then cut that amount of elastic.
Step 22: Take a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic, and thread it through the waist band.
Take a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic, and then thread the elastic through the waistband used the pin to push it through to the other end.
Step 23: Sew the two ends of the elastic together at the ends.
Once you have the elastic threaded all the way through so you have both ends sticking out of the hole you left in the waistband, remove the pin, overlap those two and sew and X or a box over the overlapping elastic.
Step 24: Tuck the sewn elastic in the waist band and sew the opening closed sewing a little over the elastic to keep it from bunching.
Pull the waist band and that should tuck the elastic back in the waistband, if not use your fingers to push it back in. Then sew the opening shut and overlap just slightly over the elastic inside.
Step 25: Try them on your child.
Try them on your child and enjoy.
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The Momnipresent Mother