Monday, August 15, 2016

Sewing for Toddlers -- Upcycling or Recycling?

My grandson has hit the same stage of growth my son did -- that one where the legs are long and the body is lean.  It was horrible finding pants for my son and of course, at that time I didn't even have a sewing machine.  However, now I have a sewing machine and loads of time. 

These are our test pair.  I'll be mailing them to my daughter in law to try on him.  However, I think I need to go up one size.  The pattern book is one I have had for years and I love.  The clothing looks dated, but new fabrics and lets face it -- children's styles just don't change that much.  To keep costs low on our sample I went to the thrift store and found two large pair of men's pants.  I used the fabric from the legs of a tan pair to make these.  (I'm saving the denim for the next size up.)  Total cost per pair of pants will be a whopping $3.59.  I didn't even buy the thread I was a gift from my husband's great aunt. 


  1. I sewed a lot for the kids when they were little, often refashioning my clothes in the process. Great tip!

    1. I did a lot of knitting and crocheting for my son. I did more sewing for my daughter, but of course, by then I had a sewing machine. I am sure I could have sewn an outfit by hand, but I don't recall ever doing so.


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