Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Easiest Leggings Ever

Last night I tacked on another super quick, super easy project for day one of the KCWC. Leggings, of course, are already mega fast and easy, but why not make them even faster? And easier?

These ones, made from the sleeves of a long-sleeved t-shirt, are probably the fastest kid clothing item I've ever made. And they're--dare I say it?--really fail-proof.

Psst! Find the tutorial for the star wand HERE.

They work great as warm "tights" under a skirt...

...and on their own as cute, skinny little leggings.

Let's make the magic happen! Find the tutorial after the jump!

Oh no! It's gonna be hard! Eeek!

No, don't let Olivia's worried face fool you. These leggings are super easy and you'll be done lickety split!

Easiest Leggings Ever How-to

1. Cut the sleeves off of a long-sleeved t-shirt. The hem on the sleeve cuffs will be the bottom hem on the pants, so don't cut it off!

Then make a narrow J-shaped cut from the top of the cut edge to a few inches down on the leg. If you're not sure how far down to cut, use a pair of store-bought leggings as a guide.

2. Turn the cut-sleeves inside out.

3. Pin the crotch area (the J-shaped cuts you just made) together, right sides together.

4. Sew a zigzag stitch (or serge) along the pinned edge. For this pair I used about a 1/4" seam allowance because the sleeves were already extra skinny. If you're using a wider sleeve you may want to use a wider seam allowance.

5. Fold the top edge of the pants over about 1" and press.

6. Cut a piece of 1/2" wide elastic to 4" or 5" long. Unfold the top edge and pin the center of the elastic to the center back of the pants.

*Normally, I would just skip to step 8 here, leave a small opening, and then thread some elastic through the casing. This time I was short on the right size of elastic and I knew they were already going to be a close fit anyway, so I just added elastic in the back.

7. Starting at the middle of the elastic, sew a few stitches of zigzag and backstitch. Then, pulling your elastic out so it's stretched, continue to sew the elastic on with a zigzag stitch. Backstitch again when you reach the end. Repeat this for the remaining side of the elastic.

8. Re-fold the fold at the top of the pants and pin all the way around. Insert a folded t-shirt scrap for a tag if you like.

9. Using a zigzag stitch, sew all the way around the waist. I sewed mine about 1/4" away from the raw edge.

And you're done! Slip those leggings on some sweet little legs and get ready to par-tay!

The end! (hehe)


Kristie said...

Love it. I found a sweater that had some abnormally long sleeves, and the body was just plain weird. So I am in the middle of taking the sleeves off to make them into some leggings for my 5 year old.
Thanks for sharing a great idea for old shirts I don't like!

Bryan Lewis said...

Is Olivia standing on our table? Also, I like her new shoes. And I am super impressed that you were able to make these and post about them within 24 hours.

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Super cute. Leggings from shirts is a super favorite project of mine.

And I LOVE your faux hardwood floors. I never would have realized that she was standing on your table if Bryan hadn't said something.

YY said...

Olivia's gotten really good at modeling for you! She is so cute. Thanks for the great ideas... My poor little girl gets to wear her older brother's clothes cuz I am too lazy to buy or sew one like you! I need to get the sewing machine out for her.... :)

dana said...

Cute Katie! Love the little magic wand

V and Co. said...

Oh my gosh! Making these for Katie!!