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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Recycled Sweater Kid Pants

Update: October 1, 2008
Welcome, Crafty Crow readers! I have written up a tutorial on how to make Recycled Sweater Sleeve Kid Pants. Please check it out. Enjoy!


Sweater Pants
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
I overheard a woman in the local yarn shop talking about making kid pants out of old sweater sleeves. I had seen this done with sweatshirts, but the sweater idea seemed like more fun, cuter. I cut up a pair of my son's pants to get the crotch pattern then applied it to the sweater sleeve pieces using as much sleeve length as possible.

Sweater Pants Detail
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

On the orange pair I stiched the two pieces together on the sewing machine with just a straight stich, then stitched down the seam on both sides. The stiches blend right into the knit and are hardly visible. I threaded a ribbon through the waist to make a closure. And, to cutify it a bit more I hand-stitched torquoise lace seam binding to the inside waist seam. The other pants have a standard elastic waist decorated with a red zigzag stitch, big red button, and some hand-stitching down the fly.

I haven't tried these on any kids yet, so I'm not sure of the practicality, but they are sure fun, cheap and easy to make.

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Anonymous brenda said...

Yeah! Super Cute!

Thu Feb 09, 12:12:00 PM PST  
Anonymous blair said...

These look so cozy, one of those wish I'd thought of that ideas. When the baby outgrows, they'll make great doll outfits.

Thu Feb 09, 05:00:00 PM PST  
Blogger Blaize said...

Boy, I wish there were some sweaters big enough that I could make a pair of these for myself.

Fri Feb 10, 01:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger Giao said...

Oh my! Those are FANTASTIC!!

-Gnome G

Fri Feb 10, 08:39:00 AM PST  
Blogger Samantha said...

What a clever idea - that tangerine colour is stunning. Hope they fit!

Fri Feb 10, 02:38:00 PM PST  
Anonymous kelly said...

those are so cute... what a great idea!

Wed Feb 15, 07:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger Dawbis said...

this is an awesome idea :) they're super duper cute!!

Sun Feb 19, 11:20:00 AM PST  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Well, it wasn't actually my idea, but I thought I hadn't seen them online, so I thought it was time to share. Thank you all for your nice comments.

I'm really enjoying putting this blog together. I'm also still trying to figure out blog protocol. Do some people reply to each comment with a personal email? I'm afraid my three-year-old would go hungry if I did that. I already feel large amounts of guilt for the time I spend online.

Mon Feb 20, 09:42:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Dana said...

These are amazing, i would have never thought of doing this. I have read through some of you post and look forward to coming back for more!!!!!

Mon Feb 20, 04:01:00 PM PST  
Blogger Toni said...

eeek! those are so cute! What a great way to recycle. Where on the central coast do you live? I'm on the central coast too!

Thu Mar 02, 09:08:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moms who use cloth diapers make wool sweater pants (so cute!) for their babies to use as diaper covers. They work great to keep everyone else clean and dry. We have about 10 pairs ourselves.

Thu Mar 02, 11:32:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Shawna said...

These are so incredibly cute!! I wish I had a little person around so that I could try it out :)

Wed Mar 08, 09:56:00 AM PST  
Blogger jojo* said...

These are adorable--what a fabulous idea. The orange ones are my faves.

Wed Mar 08, 01:21:00 PM PST  
Blogger ANJIE said...


Tue Nov 14, 04:31:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great IDEA!!

Could we cut gloves to make into ornaments aka Santa's Pants?

Tue Nov 14, 11:30:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used your idea to make a pair of teeny pants from an old sweater of mine... I pulled out some extra yarn from the body of the sweater to sew the two legs together and hem over the top, then used a red ribbon as a drawstring.

I also made a little skirt using the cowl neck of the same sweater... Both turned out ultra-cute!

I tried to include a pic, but the html tag isn't accepted. :(

Tue Apr 24, 03:37:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Katey Magill said...

ADORABLE! I have to try it- plus- this would be a perfect post for Twice the Fun Tuesdays at my blog

Twice the Fun Tuesday is a weekly Mr. Linky about creative recycling that I will be hosting starting this next Tuesday (Oct 14). I hope to see your link there; my readers would love it!

Tue Oct 07, 07:46:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous kid's angel said...

I really appreciate this. Thanks coz I have something really nice for my kids after reading your blog.

Mon Oct 20, 06:48:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Amy said...

So cute! I hope I can pull it off!

Sun Apr 26, 04:13:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous featherbed said...

these are so cute, great idea!!

Fri Sep 11, 12:32:00 PM PDT  

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