Hi, I’m Teri! I’m a mom to six kids who keep me pretty busy 🙂 But in my spare time, I love to blog about my sewing projects over at www.climbingthewillow.com. I also enjoy sharing what I know with others, especially those just learning how to sew, with simple projects like the free baby bib pattern.
I’m thrilled to be here as part of the Gracious Threads Baby Shower! Thanks Jess!!!! After all, who doesn’t love sewing baby stuff 🙂 My kids (especially as babies) were the reason I started sewing. I honestly don’t know if I would have learned to sew if I hadn’t had kids, and I can’t imagine life without my kids (for obvious reasons!) or without my sewing because it is such a big part of who I am at this point in my life.
Today I’m sharing a tutorial for a super easy version of the free 0-3 months baby pants (pattern found here) finished with fold over elastic (FOE) at the hem and waistband.
Things to know before you start:
- The pattern includes a 3/8″ seam allowance
- When sewing knits, it’s best to use a serger or a stretch (lightning bolt) stitch
- This pattern requires less than 1/2 yard of fabric and 27″ of FOE
- The grey zigzag stitching in this tutorial is intended to provide a contrast for visibility; use a narrower zigzag in a coordinating color thread for a more polished finish
1. Cut two pants pieces (mirror images) and 3 pieces of FOE – one at 15″ and two at 6″. Mark the center of each pants piece along the waist. Tip: I always mark the back and front as well so I don’t accidentally mix them up later.
2. Mark the centers of the 6″ pieces of FOE and the pants legs. Fold the FOE over the bottoms of the pants legs matching the ends and the centers (picture a). Sew the FOE to the pants legs (picture b) stretching the FOE as you sew. Tip: Start on one end and sew about 1/2″ with a straight stitch (be sure to backstitch at the beginning) and then switch to a zigzag or 3-step zigzag and sew until you get 1/2″ from the other end. Switch back to a straight stitch and backstitch at the end.
3. Serge/sew the inseams on both pant legs. If you use a serger, tack the serger thread ends down along the bottom of the pant leg.
4. Place one pant leg inside the other right sides together and serge/sew the crotch seam.
5. Turn the pants right sides out. Fold the top edge down 1/2″ and finish with a twin needle straight stitch, stretch stitch, or a coverstitch. Tip: Add a tag along the back before completing this step, but be sure to pin it up and out of the way before moving on to step 7. Trust me, I discovered this the hard way 🙂
6. Sew the short ends of the FOE right sides together. Make a mark at the center and the halfway points between the seam and the center (dividing the FOE into quarters)
7. Match the marks on the FOE and the pants (front, back and both sides) and pin the FOE in place right side up about 1/4″ below the stitch line on the pants (picture a). Then sew the top edge of the FOE to the pants (starting at the center back seam) stretching it as you sew (picture b). Repeat with the bottom edge of the FOE. See the tip in step 2 about sewing FOE.
Congratulations, you’re done! Please feel free to share your project on the Climbing the Willow Facebook page 🙂