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From: atiaran
Date: 01-17-2007, 04:15 PM (1 of 7)
I think it was on here that I saw a post or a link to how to make toddler pants out of an old adult sized sweatshirt. ANyone know where I can find the post or have you tried this?
We have a bunch old sweatshirts that are too worn for Goodwill but I figured maybe I could make some at-home lounging pants or pajama pants from them for my toddler.
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From: esrun3
Date: 01-17-2007, 09:30 PM (2 of 7)
What a great idea, I think I've seen that somewhere, just can't remember where. Maybe someone will come along soon with some info.
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From: dmoses
Date: 01-18-2007, 09:49 AM (3 of 7)
You can use the sleeves, with the seams intact, to make pants for a child. The seam would correspond to the inside leg seam on the pants. You would need to figure out the measurment and shape of the crotch seams(from waist front to waist back). You can probably use an existing pattern or pair of pants to help you with that. Then add casing with elastic around waist, and voilą, toddler pants! It really isn't difficult.

There is a book, Short Kutz, that describes how to recycle adult clothing to make things for kids...I don't know if it is still available, but it does have some really good ideas.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
Take care,
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From: sc sunshine
Date: 01-19-2007, 05:12 PM (4 of 7)
The book Short Kutz is available on ebay. I found 4.
Dust off your dreams and find a way to follow them. Life is precious and beautiful. Every breath you take is an opportunity to live life to the fullest.
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From: stampncraftah
Date: 01-28-2007, 07:42 PM (5 of 7)
Took me a while to register and then find my way back here; hope this helps!
I recently saw a similar idea for making toddler pants out of an adult tee shirt, and I'm sure you could use a sweatshirt as well.
Lay the shirt out flat, face up. Put one leg pattern on top so that the side of the shirt (folded) corresponds to the side seam of the pattern - you won't be cutting/sewing side seams in the pants - and the bottom of the shirt corresponds to the bottom of the pattern at the hem so hemming won't be necessary. If you are using a sweat shirt with a ribbed bottom and you want the pants to have a cuff, you may want to take off the ribbing, cut it to the right length, and stitch it back on, stretching so it fits. Otherwise you'll need to cut the cuff off and hem the pants.
Reverse the pattern and lay it face down on the other side of the shirt and cut out the other leg the same way. You'll have two legs to stitch up at the inseams and the crotch area. I'll leave it to you to finish the waist area.
I haven't tried this, but it seems pretty simple. Maybe once I attempt to make one, it might not be so easy!
--ann in NH
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From: karebear23
Date: 02-08-2007, 10:10 AM (6 of 7)
Is this what you are looking for??

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From: karebear23
Date: 02-08-2007, 10:34 AM (7 of 7)
Is this what you are looking for??

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