17 May 2015

My Monday Making: Reversible baby leggins


I don´t think that this little project of mine was listed on my future projects to do list... But my other half had some old t-shirts that was about to give away... and you know that babies are always needing some leggings, so I decided to clean the dust from my sewing machine and make some reversible leggings. Its a way to save money, and upcycle some old t-shirts!


baby leggins tutorial recicling old t-shirts

I wont be sharing a full tutorial, first because I am in no position to give any advice in how to better do this, as there are pretty good tutorials out there, I will however share some links of some tutorials that I read and partially followed. I will also explain some steps that I changed, either to make it easier or because well, simply I had no idea what that tutorial was trying to explain!

So this will involve sewing (you would never guess that would you?), 2 old t-shirts, a pair of leggings that your baby uses (so you can copy the template) and lots of time (if you are a beginner sewer as I am)...! I think that overall  this took me at least 6-8 hours altogether. Even though the tutorials that I used are indeed offering a pdf template, you better use a model of leggings that you have at home, mostly because you know that that model fits your baby. I found myself printing and cutting some templates to later on realize that that would never fit my baby!

Basically,  I copied a model of leggings onto some newspaper and cut it. I then cut the t-shirts and the pieces for both leggings following my template. To make the leggings I read this tutorial from made by Rae,  that pretty much explains the basics of how to sew a pair. I wanted to make reversible ones, so I also read this one  and this other one. I made mine a bit simpler I guess, I ended up by having two independent pair of leggings, and sew them together by using a simple hem (wrong sides together). I thought about using a French hem too, but then I decided that a simple hem would work, as it would save some fabric.

When I first finished the first pair, my little human tried it on, so I would know that the finished model would actually fit! Once I knew it would, I made the second one.

And here it is, a pair of reversible leggings ready and at use!

You can see from these pictures that I top-stitched every seam for a more "professional" look.
I also added a back pocket to this side of the leggings. The other one is much simpler... and has lots of mistakes too!
The leggings are not perfect, far from it, but they work perfectly for what I intended... They are wearable for a day out at the park and also to be left at the nursery in case a replacement is needed. And its a great way to upcycle an old  t-shirt!

 What do you think about my reversible leggings?
...Feel free to ask some questions, I would be more than happy if I can be of any help!

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9 comments:

  1. A great pair of leggings, Ann. You've done an awesome job using several tutorials, taking the bits that suited.

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    1. Oh my! Thank you Pam! This was my very first attempt to sew a clothing item! I am happy with it, and so is baby , who wears it for some fun times! :) x

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  2. Great post! I love making baby clothes!! These leggings are adorable. #kidscorner

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    1. Thank you! I love sewing for my lo.... :)x

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  3. Ah this is great I always wish I could sew would be great to be able to make things for my kids they look perfect for messing about in. Thankyou for linking up to #KidsCorner x

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    1. Thank you for hosting! One of my guilty pleasures is sewing for my lo...when I find the time to it! I made a lot of mistakes at it, but for the time being he doesn't notice it, and these are perfect for some messy play :)x

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  4. Gosh you are so clever!! I really wish i could sew like this! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

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    1. thank you! :) But I am a amateur at the sewing machine, I am lucky because my lo doesn't care about my mistakes :) thank you for hosting!x

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