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Tutorial: Children's Cuffed Pants - Shivaya Naturals

Tutorial: Children’s Cuffed Pants

April 14, 2009

My kids LOVE handmade clothes. The sweaters and jackets that have been knit for them by my mom and I are prized possessions, and recently they have been begging for “mama clothes”. Easter weekend seemed like the perfect moment to present them with their first pair of linen pants.

Last week was pretty filled with sewing projects, and I had allotted time to finish a skirt for a 5 year old friend and the boys pants all on Friday and Saturday. I had chosen a very simple skirt pattern, but what looked like it would take me no time at all, well it took quite a bit to complete. That left me little time to construct the pants, but my sons had already been promised so I had to find a way.

I didn’t have a pattern that I wanted to use, only the vision of what I wanted the completed pant to look like. I love cropped pants on kids, and I think that a 5 and 3 year old can pull off yellow linen and a fun cuff like no one else :). There are literally thousands of tutorials out there for making children’s clothing, so I am not reinventing the wheel here. I simply made the pants from my basic sewing knowledge and what I knew I wanted them to look like. The pants can be adapted in many ways, and many looks, and I fully plan to make a wide range of these in the coming weeks. Enjoy

1. Find a pair of your child’s pants that fit really well. Trace them onto your pattern paper, then add 1/2 inch on all sides, except the bottom cuff.

2. If your child is under the age of 7, then both the front and back can be cut from the same piece.

3. Decide how large you would like your cuff to be (I used a 3″ cuff here. Measure from the bottom of the pattern piece to the desired length, and mark it across your pattern. Cut. You now have two pieces; the main body of the leg, and the cuff.

4. Cut the main leg pattern out on the fold , and repeat. Do the same for the cuff (again, on the fold).

5. Open one main leg piece, and one cuff piece, and with right sides together, sew them together using a 1/4″ seam allownace. Press towards the cuff. Repeat with the other main leg and cuff pieces.

6. Pin the crotch seams together (on both sides), and using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew them together on both sides. Then overlock or zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.

7. Turn the pants to their correct side, and using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the inseam up one side, and down another. Again, zigzag or overlock.

8. Hem your cuff to the desired length and stitch.

9. Choose your desired finishing for the top of the pants. I chose to use a 1″ hem, and 3/4″ non-roll elastic for these pants, but a drawstring would also look wonderful.

Finish and Enjoy!

These pants each took me about 90 minutes, and they got easier with each pair. They can be done in just about any fabric, and for any season.

If you do not want these pants to be cropped, and would rather have standard length, then simply add the 1/2 to all sides in step 1.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca April 14, 2009 at 7:07 pm

How adorable. Your kids are really lucky to have a mom who put this much effort in.

Thanks for sharing the tutorial, that is really helpful for those of us who have little sewing experience.


Anonymous April 14, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Great pants for Spring. I like that tutorial


Sarah April 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Lucky kids. You keep inspiring me to get my sewing machine out and get some beautiful things made.


Anonymous April 15, 2009 at 5:09 am

Heather, you are amazing. I have sewn for many years but never have had the internet to depend on for help. You will inspire many people with your post.Keep sewing and knitting of course.


Mrs Crafty October 18, 2009 at 4:01 am

Wow, I have a 2.5 year old and love cotton trousers. I will be making these for this summer.

Thank you.



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