I couldn’t help it….I got a bit of a jump start on the Kids Clothes Week Challenge….I just HAD to make some baby leggings yesterday…don’t know why really….maybe I’m nesting? I am down to 5 weeks til d-day. (delivery day…ok give or take a few days or weeks)
5 WEEKS people! I at least threw the 0-3 month clothes in the wash yesterday so she’ll have something clean to wear if she makes her appearance soon. The girls had a blast looking at all the tiny onesies and such, and I found both of their teeny tiny hospital shirts that I’d saved. No clue who’s was who’s….but it’s the thought that counts, right?
Anyways. I can’t believe I’ve never made baby leggings before. They’re so durn easy and use barely any fabric. I was super excited to use both of these fabrics up-they have been gathering dust on my shelf waiting to be used but both not big enough to make anything for S or C.
Wanna see how I made them? (btw these could totally be made for any size kiddo…not just babies!)
*knit fabric-I used some interlock knit (floral) and some stretch denim. They were both pretty sturdy knits but jersey would probably work too, as long as it wasn’t too flimsy. I’ll have to try some soon….
*fusible webbing tape
(I used my serger for a lot of the seams, but a regular sewing machine zig zag stitch would work fine as well. Knit doesn’t fray so you don’t have to worry about finishing the edges!)
First I used a pair of leggings (ones I had just made, lol) folded in half to make a pattern. The fold in on the left side of this photo. Make sure to add seam allowances and on the top and bottom, room to hem them up, and on the top, if you’re going to add a casing. (I didn’t on these but you know how to do a casing, right?)
So after I cut out my two pieces, I opened them up to hem the bottom. I used some fusible webbing tape (just fold over the edge and iron), and that gives it some stability when you hem it.
Next I stitched along the bottom, with a small zig zag stitch so there was a little give. Repeat for the other leg.
Next sew the pieces right sides together along the curved edges like so. (serger or zig zag stitch)
Then open up the legs and sew the legs and crotch together like so.
For the waistband, I used another pair of pants to measure how big to make it (for this 3-6 mo size I cut it 2″x14″) Make sure if your fabric is only stretchy one way, to cut it so it stretches the right way (ie lengthways) Then sew the two short edges right sides together like so.
Then fold so the wrong sides are facing and the raw edges are lined up.
Next pin your waistband evenly in four places around your pant top.
The pants will probably be a little bigger than the waistband (aka the little ripples in this pic) but never fear…
When you sew them together (zig zag stitch!), just gently tug the pant fabric so that it matches up with the waistband fabric. Smooth sailing!
I also went back and finished that seam off with my serger cause I’m neurotic like that. You could add a little tag too, when you sew in the waistband. Easy peasy!
Wish I had that baby to model them! Soon enough!