Thursday, March 28, 2013

Remake Boy's Pants into Girl's Pants

When my son grew out of his comfy pants I just couldn't let them go; I thought there had to be a way that my daughter could wear them too!  

I'm sure you could go from girl to boy too if the pants were "boy colors"; you could make patches that looked like animals, sport related things, vehicles or monsters of some sort!  
So, for my boy to girl pants conversion this is what I came up with...
-comfy pants {I had 3 pair from my son}
-sewing machine 
-knit fabric scraps
-coordinating thread
-sewing pins

1. To make the ruffles on the bottom of the pant legs, cut long strip {about 20-24 inches by about 3-4 inches}.
2. Fold the strip in half "hotdog-style" and iron.
3. Fold the ironed strip in half lengthwise and cut at the center.
4. Sew the ends of the strips together to form a circle.
5. Pin the circles to the inside of each pant leg, gathering evenly to create the ruffled look.
6. Sew, using a straight stitch around the outside of the pant legs.  {I sewed right over the pins and removed the pins after sewing the ruffle in place.}
7. At this point I choose a decorative stitch to sew over the straight stitch to reinforce the stitch and add a decorative touch.
8. Next, I needed to cover up/change the print on the front of the pants.  I thought the best way to do this would be to make a patch.  {You could probably paint over it with fabric paint too, but I thought a patch would be cuter.}  
Measure or eyeball the size of patch you will need.
9. Sew a patch by layering a few cute fabrics cut into the shape and size that will cover up the print on the pants.
10. Now all you need to do is sew the patch over the printed area and your done!

Extra touches:
Remove the old tie and replace it with a pretty coordinating ribbon.
Sew some small scrap to the ends of the ties to make them more girly!
Enjoy and have fun with this idea!  I wasn't sure how these would turn out, but I am very happy with the outcome!

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