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The various t-shirts in my Goodwill-bound pile (which, I should tell you, has been moved out of the Goodwill box and into a drawer because of the fun I’m having) have been finding new lives as dresses, accents on felt barrettes and ballet flats (I’ll show you soon!) and supercomfy lounge pants for Burke. Since I usually spend my sewing energy on my nieces, it’s been unexpectedly fun to sew for my son!
To make some fabulously comfy lounge pants for your under-sewn-for little boy as well, you’ll need:
-a worn t-shirt (mine was a men’s size L)
-a sewing machine
-a pair of ‘template pants’ in the baby/toddler size you’re sewing for
1. Using a fabric pen, trace the template pants onto the front of your (inside-out) tshirt. Fold the pants in half and trace, flip horizontally and trace again. For both sides, extend the top line by about 2-3 inches above the waistline of the template (this will become the drawstring casing later).2. Leaving your tshirt doubled (so, front and back still together), cut about an inch around your two traced pant sides. You should end up with four panels, two ‘left sides’ and two ‘right sides.’
3. Sew your soon-to-be ‘front’ of the pants together (it’ll use one of each of your ‘sides’) and then sew your soon-to-be ‘back’ of the pants together. Use the template pants as a guide if you need it.4. Sew the outer seam and the inner seam of the pants, joining the front and the back together. Use your tracing lines to sew along.5. Roll (and iron) the top of the pants over to make a casing for the drawstring. Remember to roll to the ‘inside’ of the pants, now to the ‘outside.’6. Sew the drawstring casing (tunnel).
7. Cut three long thin strips from your tshirt. Braid them together. This will be the drawstring.
8. Thread the drawstring through two slits that you make in the drawstring casing.
9. Let your little one wear these most-comfy-of-all-lounge pants for car trips, dashing around the backyard, taking naps. Fantastic, isn’t it?