Sweater Pants

28 Jan

I had my first real New Years Resolution test this afternoon.  I was returning a shirt I received from my sister at Old Navy.  Usually I would return the item, see how much I had to spend, and then go run amuck in the kids department.  But I could not do that because I am not buying any new clothes for my little girlies.

So I browsed through the women’s department but was not really that excited about anything.  Aleah and I meandered over to the kid’s section.  Big mistake.  There are so many adorable dresses, coats and even hats that were calling out to me “Buy! Buy! Buy!”  But I held strong, bought her a 25-cent bouncy ball, and left the store with my resolution still intact but faced with the realization that this is going to be really hard for me.

A particular dress I had to pry myself away from

Wool sweaters are almost impossible to find at thrift stores because of all the mittens and felt being made from them.  So I have a project that can be done out of those not very attractive, non-wool sweaters that fill our closets and resale shops: Pants!

These are so perfect for this time of year.  It has been about -30 this past week and sweater pants have been just the thing for the girls to wear on errands and other outings that do not require snow pants.


Start with an old sweater

Cut the sleeves off the sweater just before the shoulder seam

Cut the top of the sleeve so it is even on top. Then cut down into the sleeve. 12 inches from the crotch to the bottom. 18 inches from the top of the pant to the bottom leg of the pant

Line up the sleeves and pin the back together.

Sew along the pins and then do the same with the other side. Make sure you sew over the very bottom a couple times so they stay together.

Fold over the top of the pants and sew in about 17 inches of elastic.


Sew the elastic together and then finish off the waist seam so it is completely closed

And here is my fashion queen

My little ham

The pants actually fit both girls because Aleah (2 1/2 years) doesn't wear diapers. I can just roll up the pants a little on Sophia (10 months) and they work great for both girls

5 Responses to “Sweater Pants”

  1. bb January 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    So cute, warm and cozy!!!!! How practical to have pants that can fit both girls! And little people look awesome in horizontal stripes…unlike most of us bigger people. How long did they take? Do you use the scraps for anything? Looks like enough left over for a hat or something useful.

  2. jenyjenny January 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Love the pants!

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