Comfy pj pants - everybody needs a pair. I, for one, have a magical pair of running pants that I like to wear. They're spandex-y, soft, and make my butt look amazing (which is an added bonus.) I originally bought them with the purpose of wearing them to the gym they never made it out of the house. When I got home that night, I threw these babies on and that's the end of the story. Sometimes, I even wear them out in public (don't tell What Not To Wear.) They're that wonderful.
I decided that my daughter needed to have a pair of heavenly lounge pants, so I grabbed my fleece stash and whipped up these babies. The winters here in PA aren't so kind, so the fleece is perfect for keeping her little buns warm all winter long. Plus, they have a pink giraffe pattern on them. And pink giraffes are just plain awesome.
SUPPLIES: pair of pants to use as a template, paper and pencil to make the pattern, fleece fabric (I got mine at Joann's), 1/2 inch elastic, disappearing ink marker. sewing machine and supplies.
TWO: trace around your pants using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure to add an extra 1 1/2 inches + at the top for the casing, and an extra 2 inches at the bottom for the hem. Cut out your pattern.
THREE: fold your fabric with the right sides together and place your pattern on the fold as shown above. Trace around your pattern with your disappearing ink marker.
FOUR: cut out. Repeat for a total of 2 pieces.
FIVE: place your two pieces with the right sides together and pin from the top of your pants to the bottom of the curve. Sew.
SIX: match up the two sewn curves, and your pants should look more like pants now.
SEVEN: pin from the bottom of each leg to the other and sew.
EIGHT: your pants are almost done!
NINE: hem the bottom of your pants and create the casing for your elastic. To create the casing, fold your fleece over 1/4 inch and pin. Sew all the way around. Fold your fleece over another 3/4 inches and pin. Sew all the way around just below your previously sewn line, making sure to leave an opening to insert your elastic. Measure your child's waist and add 1/2 inch. Cut this amount of elastic out. Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through your pants, then sew the opening closed.
Comfy pants! Perfect for cuddling up on cold, lazy days.