Things For Baby Boys (A Virtual Baby Shower) – Upcycled Cashmere Baby Pants

058I’m so excited to be a part of a surprise virtual baby shower for one of my favorite bloggers, Abby Rudakov from things for boys.  She’s been such an inspiration to me and through our blogs, we have formed a sweet little long distance friendship…I’m in California and she lives in Australia.  We’ve always had the feeling that if we were ever to meet in person we’d be crafting and drinking wine into the wee hours of the morning…except we have kids and live thousands of miles apart.  A couple other wonderful blogging mamas and myself made Abby some homemade gifts for her soon-to-be-born second son.  I chose to make a pair of pants (I know…surprise, surprise) out of the sleeves of a cashmere sweater. I added a couple little felted patches to the knees and crocheted a trim around the hem to give it some extra character and love.

I’m going to give you a quick and easy little tutorial on how to make a pair of these cashmere baby pants.

You will need:

  • a pair of soft baby pants to use as a guideline (“pattern”)
  • a cashmere sweater (“fabric”)
  • elastic for waistband
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine needles for knit fabric001

As you can see, the first thing you do after you have felted your cashmere sweater is to chop off the sleeves…CHOP, CHOP!???????????????????????????????

Next you want to turn the sleeves inside out and line the baby pants “pattern” on the cashmere “fabric”.  I wanted to make these pants slightly bigger than the ones I was using as my pattern, so I gave it a bit more length and width than I needed.  Normally, if you use a 1/2″ – 5/8″ seam allowance for the inseam and an extra 2″-2 1/2″ for the waistband, you should be fine.???????????????????????????????

Cut out the pants and pin to the other sleeve to repeat the same process.???????????????????????????????

Trim off the inseam of the sweater “fabric” so that each piece can open up and lay flat.046

Pin pieces right side together (in my case the fabric was the same on both sides, so it didn’t make a difference)051

(Cashmere is rather slick and so your cuts may not be exact on both pieces.  At this point, once I’ve pinned the two pieces together, I trim the edges to make sure the cuts are more accurate.  Sweater material is pretty forgiving, so you can gently tug it here and there to make a good match up.)  Sew from the top waist to the crotch on both sides and open up the pants so that the crotch seam is now in the center and it looks like you have two unsewn “legs” on each side. 052

Line up your crotch seams.053

Pin the pant legs together, matching up the crotch seams and bottom hems. Sew up the length of the leg starting at the hem up to the crotch and then back down the other leg to the hem.  You can reinforce the crotch seam if you choose.  Notch out the curve of the seam with a few little notches, making sure not to cut too close to the seam.054

To make the waist band, fold over the top edge of the pants, leaving about an extra 1/2″ for the size of your elastic. I used 1″ elastic, so I folded over 1 1/2″.  Sew this down all the way around the waistband of the pants using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave a 2″ opening at the center of the waistband to insert the elastic.  (This is my favorite part…) Get out your favorite extra large baby diaper pin and thread the elastic through the 2″ opening, being careful not to twist it.  Figure how small you want the waist size to be and then sew the two ends of elastic together.  Lastly, sew the waistband closed at the opening and turn the pants right side out.060

I chose to add the patches as an after- thought because I thought the pants could use a little extra something.  I trimmed the bottom hem with a simple single crochet stitch, just like I do on my coffee cuffs .

Hopefully this tutorial was straight forward enough for those of you who have never made a pair of pants before. There are so many other wonderful resources on the internet for these types of patterns. The first time I made a pair of upcycled baby pants, I followed a simple pattern found in Amanda Soule’s book, The Creative Family…just to give her props, since I modeled my instructions after her tutorial.collage 2

As for the other wonderful gifts being made for Abby, go check them out and see!! Here is a list of where to find them and the crafty ladies behind them.

1: Baby Change Mats by Ros from Sew Delicious
2: Flat Teddy by Narelle from Cook Clean Craft
3: Handmade Baby Boy Shoes by Janelle from Emmaline Bags
4: Baby Hats by Jenny from Mend and Make New
5: Nappy / Baby Bag by Jo from Bubala
6: Little Kid Kimono Set by Laura from Craftstorming
Best of luck Abby, on becoming a mama to TWO little boys…it’s a wild ride and oh so sweet! XO

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  1. May 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    These are so cute!! Great job, love the pockets!

    • daraweyna
      May 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you! Those shoes are far too adorable! I love the material you chose.

  2. May 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    These are so cute and I hear they are amazingly soft! I love the patches you added.

    • daraweyna
      May 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks, Laura! I can’t wait to see the new mama and babe wearing and using all of the beautiful gifts. Thanks so much for including me in this project! Best, Dara

  3. May 17, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I love these so much! I can’t believe how soft and snuggly they are. I wish it was so easy to come across cashmere sweaters here. Your crochet is so nice and neat too. I really should give that a go one day. I’ve pinned all the ideas to my baby shower gift board…they’re all so clever! Thanks again for this. I love all the gifts and feel so special!

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