There are a LOT of tutorials out there on how to turn an old (or new, in my case) t-shirt into baby pants. There is also a lot of information about how to recycle old clothing into baby clothing.
After reading a few, I thought I might try something fun. I think baby pants rank among the easier of the projects, and the baby gets lots of use out of them. So when my husband came home with a promo shirt for me from work, I knew this was my chance (it was a promo for Vid, the video voice over IP software he'd been working on for Logitech - check it out at www.logitech.com/vid).
On the left is the shirt and the right is the baby pants. The back is in the top photo and the front is in the bottom photo.
I basically used the pants pattern I love and have made a lot of (http://doityourselfec.blogspot.com/search/label/Easy%20up%20and%20down%20pants) and made sure to line it up with where the writing was on the shirt. There was writing on one sleeve that I put onto the waistband. I had enough left over to make a pair of trainers out of the extra material and used the neck band of the shirt as a waistband for the training pants~ very cute. I had to shorten it, but the contrast of the materials looks nice.
One trick I like but didn't use was lining up the bottom with a seam that is already there so you don't have to hem the pants.
Here are some of the links that inspired me:
http://www.rookiemoms.com/make-some-easy-kids-pants/ (shows the hem re-use trick)
http://www.rookiemoms.com/categories/craft/ (T-shirt to newborn gown-- but still inspiring!)
http://nikkishell.typepad.com/wardroberefashion/2009/05/back-for-6-months.html (this website is a bunch of women who refashion clothing)
http://thismamamakesstuff.blogspot.com/search/label/sewing (she does interesting tutorials every now and again)Pin It