How to Repurpose Old Clothes Into Toddler Pants - MakeSureHow
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It's not too difficult to make toddler pants from old clothes.

If you like to sew and save money at the same time -- and who doesn't -- turning old clothes you no longer need into something your toddler can wear is the way to go. Toddler pants don't require much fabric, so an old pair of adult pants or an old skirt will provide enough fabric to be repurposed into toddler pants. Old clothing made from stretch jersey fabrics or old sweatpants made of fleece are particularly suitable.


  1. 1
    Turn the old garment inside out so the wrong side is facing you. Lay the garment on a flat work surface and smooth out any folds or wrinkles.
  2. 2
    Cut along all the seams of the garment, close to the stitching, to separate the back and front sections. Separate the two pieces of fabric.
  3. 3
    Cut off the folded hem from the garment sections.
  4. 4
    Take a pair of toddler pants and turn them so the wrong side faces out.
  5. 5
    Fold the pants vertically. Lay them on a large sheet of tissue paper. Align the long, straight edge of the pant legs with the bottom edge of the tissue paper. Pin the pants to the fabric along this edge.
  6. 6
    Stretch out the elasticized waistband and trace a line along the top edge of the waistband, using a pencil.
  7. 7
    Continue holding the waistband stretched out and trace along the center seam, inner leg seam and hemline of the pants.
  8. 8
    Draw another line parallel to the waist edge, one inch from the traced waist line, to allow for a waistband.
  9. 9
    Draw a second line parallel to the hemline at the bottom of the pant leg, one inch from the traced line, to allow for a hem.
  10. 10
    Fold a section of fabric from the garment in half lengthwise.
  11. 11
    Lay the tissue pattern on the folded fabric prepared in Section 1. Align the straight edge of the pattern along the folded edge of the fabric. Pin the pattern to the fabric.
  12. 12
    Cut through both layers of fabric, around the outline of the pattern. Remove the pins.
  13. 13
    Repeat steps 1 to 3 to make the second pant leg.
  14. 14
    Unfold the two pant sections -- one for the front and the other for the back.
  15. 15
    Lay the front section on the back section with the right sides of fabric facing each other on the inside and aligning all cut edges. Place pins along the side seams and inner leg seams.
  16. 16
    Thread the sewing machine with thread matching the fabric color. Set the sewing machine to a straight stitch.
  17. 17
    Stitch around the side and inner seams, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
  18. 18
    Fold over one inch on the top of the waistband, turning the fabric to the wrong side of the garment. Pin in place.
  19. 19
    Stitch the waistband about 1/8-inch from the cut edge of the fabric. Stop sewing about one inch from the starting point to leave a opening to thread the elastic for the waist.
  20. 20
    Cut a length of 1/2-inch-wide elastic.
  21. 21
    Measure the width of the toddler's waist. Add 1 inch to this measurement for overlap.
  22. 22
    Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic. Push the pin through the opening left in step 10.
  23. 23
    Keep pushing the pin all the way through the folded waistband and back out through the opening. Pull up on the elastic until you can overlap the two cut ends of elastic by 1/2 inch. Pin the ends together.
  24. 24
    Stitch the ends of the elastic together. Remove the pin. Stitch the opening gap closed, aligning the stitching with the stitches sewn in step 10.
  25. 25
    Fold up the bottom hem on both pant legs. Stitch in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Toddler pants, with elasticized waist
  • ScissorsIron
  • Tissue paper
  • Pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety pin
  • 1/2-inch wide elastic, 13 to 20 inches
  • Deconstructing the Old Clothes

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