Thursday, June 16, 2011

Easy lounge pants: tutorial with pattern

During kid’s clothing week I made a couple pairs of these pants. Asher has been sick so it took a while to get decent pictures and I wanted to make up a pattern and tutorial for you. Check out this cutie.
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I made this simple pattern because potty training coming up soon (eek) I wanted to have plenty of pants that my son could easily take on and off himself. My boy is 2 and a half but he is big for his age so I bet this would probably be a 3T size
All you need is an old T-shirt. You can find them really cheap (like 50 cents at a good thrift store)
Print and piece together the pdf pattern. Which is embedded at the end of this post.
To save a little sewing time I used the hem of T-Shirt as the hem of the pants. If you don’t you might need to add a little length for a hem (or just don’t hem them) I also cut the pattern with the T-Shirt inside out so that I can’t just go straight to machine with the right sides together.
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Pin and sew the two crotch edges together I used my serger with a four thread serger but you could also use a 1/4 in seam allowance and then do a zigzag on the edge.
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Fold your pants so the crotch seams meet. Pin and sew up one leg and down the other.
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Fold down the waistband an inch and sew a elastic casing. Be sure to leave an opening to feed your elastic through.
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feed the elastic through the casing. Safety pin the elastic and then try it on. Adjust as necessary.
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Sew your elastic together and then finish sewing the casing.
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That’s it. You are finished! you can do them plain but I’ve had fun with some graphic T-Shirts.
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I can get a few pairs of these done during a nap. The are quick and simple and comfortable.
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These pants seem so comfy that I’m thinking of making myself a pair. I’m going to need a really big T-shirt
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If you make your own we would love to see it. Please add it to our flickr group
Ruth

29 comments:

  1. the download works just fine for me!

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  2. Just found this tutorial on pinterest - such a great idea, and how comfy! Loving those Dr Seuss pants!

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  3. So I am VERY new to sewing i guess you could say BEGINNER. If I wanted to make these a little bt longer would i just add a little bit of length to the E and F pattern??

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    1. that is exactly what I've done. Ash is a year older and the only modification I've made is to add an extra 3 inches to the bottom.

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  4. Could you please email me a copy of the pattern, the pdf didn't work for me, thanks.

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    1. I just embedded the pattern at the bottom of the post. Please let me know if that works for you

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  5. Finally found the PDF pattern to print and now I'm looking forward to making for my grandson. His inseam is 14" at the present time so I'm guessing I'll need to add some inches to the pattern. If so, would you recommend using a very long t-shirt or using more than one to create a different look?

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  6. If you can find an extra long t-shirt it can save you a step. I've done it both ways and both look cute. I've also added inches to the length as my son has grown. I haven't had to modify much more than that.

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    1. Thanks for your input. I was thinking of looking out for a tall man's t-shirt. I'll round up a t-shirt and give it a try to see how it does for him and keep you posted.

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  7. Thanks for the pattern! I just made two while my boys napped. I'm still a fairly green seamstress and this was easy and I enjoyed making something that is useful, and cool to boot.

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  8. So stinkin' cute! I just made some for my 3-year-old son with an old Arizona State t-shirt. His grandpa will be tickled when he sees his grandson sporting a shirt from his alma mater! Thanks for the great tutorial. Might be helpful to remind beginners (like me) to use a ball-point needle. I remembered about halfway through the first seam and the results improved dramatically after that. : )

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  9. OKAY i Am not sure if I am just challenged or what but I am unable to get to the pattern can you please send me the patteren my email is cmp9867@gmail.com thank you. Hubby got me a new machince and I wanted to make this first>

    Carol

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  10. I love these pants! Is there any way you could email a copy of the pattern? The link no longer works and I would love to make these out of my husband's vintage t-shirts! Thanks!!!

    dejaganote@aol.com

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  11. I don't find a link to the pattern. Can I still get it? Thanks twila@pldi.net

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  12. Can't find the link to the pattern. Still available?

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  13. I found the link to the pattern, duh? Can't wait to make some!!

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  14. Sorry for the delay. I resaved the lounge pants pattern and linked it above in the second paragraph. Please let me know if you still have trouble getting it. It seems that when google docs changed to google drive, some of our document links went wonky. Thanks for your patience and enjoy the pattern!

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  15. Do you have a pattern for adult pants?

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  16. I can't download the pattern, could you send it to my e-mail address: imjoche@hotmail.com

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  17. Hello from Germany,
    I would LOVE to sew those pants, could you please please please send the pattern to me????
    Thank you so much!!!!
    Silke@justpowder.de

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  18. Hi, Id been doing some lately myself for that exact same reason - My eldest is 2 1/2 and i'm wanting the easy access. I've got the whole constuction down, but it's impossible to achieve for me during a nap cos I have two monsters who hardly ever go down at the same time!
    Love the designs and glad to see im not the only one who thought making their own easy up bottoms was a good idea!

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  19. I've made four pair of these for my 5 year old. They are is favorite sleeping pants. I had to adjust the pattern slightly for his size, but it was super easy!

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  20. These would make great pajama bottoms. Now I'm regretting all the money I spent on fabric to make the pajamas when my kids were little.

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  21. Made 6 pairs for my 4 and 6 year olds from daddys old ratty (tall, thank god) shirts. "What missing t-shirts honey?" They LOVE them for pj pants. Ill save a fortune since they are growing like weeds. I plan on cutting off the legs and hemming when the weather gets warmer so they last longer. Thanks for great tutorial!

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    1. Christina, that's awesome! My son is still wearing these pants at age 5. I recently made them in flannel (yardage bought from Joanns) and they are super cute and he loves them. It's getting harder to find big enough T-shirts for the added length as they grow, but I recently did one where I used the hem (approx 6" worth) of one shirt and added it to the bottom of another shirt, then cut out the pattern. It worked great!

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    2. Shh don't tell anyone.... I used novelty SHEETS I found at a yardsale. They were cotton and $1 a piece, Yay! I just made a bunch more for summer and uploaded them to the Flickr.
      Thanks again for the great tutorial and pattern.

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  22. BTW all I did to resize these was tape an extra sheet of paper on the bottom of the PDF and lay some pants they wear now down for length. I drew about 3/4 inch outside the outside lines of your pattern before I cut out the lines and voila! My boys are very skinny and tall but you get the idea. Hope that helps anyone who needs a different size. They are pj pants so they are very forgiving.

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  23. I can see the tutorial, but can't get the pattern-maybe because I have a Mac?

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    1. Hi, Polly,
      The pattern is a google drive shared file. Do those work on Mac? (I have a PC so I'm clueless, in that respect). If you can't see the embedded pattern at the bottom of our post, try going up to paragraph two. I hyperlinked the pattern into the first sentence. Maybe that would work? If it doesn't, email us at hammerandthread@gmail.com and I'll send the pdf pattern that way.
      This pattern makes about a 3T size. Since this post, we have opened an Etsy shop where we sell pants up to size 5-6! We'd love for you to check it out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HammerAndThreadShop

      Thanks!
      Haley

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