I've got a baby shower to go to this evening. For years, I've used my old standby of burp clothes as my go-to baby shower gift. I decided I'd branch out a little this time and make my favorite newborn church outfit, which includes my favorite Comfy Newborn Cuffed Pants.
I made several pairs of these pants for Anson and LOVED them. I love cuffed knit pants on newborns because they're so comfy. The cuff keeps the pants from sliding up those skinny newborn legs (or sliding way down past their feet) and also offers a place for those tiny baby socks to cling to.
I had a problem when I went to make a new pair as a baby gift for a friend because I never blogged about it and I couldn't find the pattern I made anywhere! Then I discovered I had a pair already cut out, so I was able to remake the pattern, and I'm posting it this time so I'll be able to find it next time I need it.
Continue Reading for Free Pattern and Instructions.
I love babies in bold colors and stripes...which can be hard to find in newborn sizes. I always keep my eye out for fun colors, stripes, and patterns on shirts when I'm shopping garage sales and thrift store with these pants in mind. Sometimes I get lucky and there's a fun pocket or other detail in the original shirt I can take advantage of.
Or I've personalized the bum in other fun ways...
These pants are also great, because they leave scraps that can be used to make appliques for coordinating onesies...I'm such a sucker for matchy-matchy baby outfits.
- Adult (or larger size child) T-shirt to cut up. (You can also use knit yardage as well. You'd need about a 13 inch length for newborn pants.)
- Baby pants in the size you want to make or this Comfy Newborn Cuffed Pants pattern.
- Thread, scissors, pins, sewing machine...the typical stuff you use for every sewing project.
Be sure to print this pattern ACTUAL SIZE!
You can use any kind of T-shirt type knit that you like. Regular T-shirts work great. The extra stretchy knits with a little spandex in them are extra comfy. I used fabric with stripes for my pictures because it helps illustrate the directions a little better. If you use stripes you want to be careful to cut things out straight with the stripes. If you're new to sewing clothes, you may want to try a solid fabric for your first time and move to stripes after you've had a little practice.
Also note that knits have a "right" and "wrong" side to the fabric even though it can sometimes be hard to tell which is which. If you stretch the fabric slightly it will curl toward the "wrong" side of the fabric.
NOT CUT ON THE SIDE WITH THE FOLD. This should leave you with two pieces of fabric...one to form each leg piece.
Sew with 1/4 inch seam.
Fold in half with WRONG sides together. (Picture shows fold in process.)
Repeat for second cuff, and you'll end up with two pieces that look something like this, where the raw edges are at the top and the bottom edge is a fold.
Now you're ready to start working with the legs. Fold each piece of leg fabric in half RIGHT sides together and pin. (Double check which is the inseam and which is the bum with the pattern or the pants you're using...they look really similar in newborn pants.)
Sew the inseam with 1/4 inch seam. You can use a straight stitch (which is what I used here because my machine doesn't like doing zigzags on knits), but I've found a small zigzag works even better to give the seam a little more stretch. Repeat for second leg.
Turn ONE of the legs right side out and leave the other leg wrong side out.
Cut a few notches, being careful not to cut the thread in your seam to make this seam stretchier and more comfortable.
Now we're ready to attach the cuffs. Turn the pants inside-out. Mark both the pants and the cuff into quarters. With the cuff inside the pants, match the quarters and pin.
To sew, begin by securing by sewing back and for a bit. Then to sew the cuff on, you will need to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the cuff to match the width of the pants leg. This will be a lot of stretching for the cuff, but it will make it...just barely. Sew with a straight stitch or tight zigzag. Repeat for the second cuff.
Now all that's left is the waist. If you've got the child in front of you that you're making them for, then you should measure the child's waist. In my case, Anson hadn't been born of I'm making these as a gift, so I cut my elastic to be 14 1/2 inches long and the size worked for Anson.
Sew the elastic together so the ends overlap about 1/2 inch. (This will leave you with an elastic ring 14 inches around.
Sew all the way around the waist, stretching as you go. When you get back to the beginning, secure with some back and forth straight stitching.
Fold the elastic over one time and pin again at the quarter markings. This is also the point where you may want to slip a tag in to mark the back of the waist (but this is not necessary, since the front and back are essentially the same on these pants.)
Please show my sponsors some love...
|1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland - From Lisa @ Usborne Books||Pi Necklace from Boutique Academia||Garden Tomb - Art Print from Prints of Peace|
I'll be linking to: