I saw this idea for making a little girl's skirt out of mom's pants legs on The Craft Patch. I thought it was cute, but had no immediate plans for it.
I started with these pants...Strictly between you and me...they're a size 10 and they worked great for making a skirt for my 5 year old...who's about average size for a 5 year old.
Then you open up one of the seams on each ring to give you a strip with two sections (front and back of the leg.)
Next, I started with the smallest, top ring and folded the top over to make a casing and put elastic through it for the wasteband. I did this before attaching the rest of the skirt, so there wouldn't be as much bulk to manuever around my machine.
Then I hemmed the bottom of the largest ring.
Then I gathered up the top edges of the two largest ruffles and sewed them to the bottom edge of the skirt section above it. The original seams from the pants did not all line up. There's no way to get them to line up, so I off-set them as much as possible to give the skirt more character.
And I love that she can bend all the way over and the skirt is still long enough.
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