Childrens Pants with Elastic Waist
Looking for knit pants for your toddler? This problem can be easily solved if you have a sewing machine, 07 yards of knit fabric, about one meter of 2" wide elastic tape and a little skill of sewing garments from knit fabrics.
In this tutorial I'll show how to sew very simple pants with elastic waistband.
The pattern of knit pants is not included in this article. The downloadable pattern of pants for baby 4-5 years I can send you email for fee (5$). In addition to the pattern you get full tutorial (with 50 photos).
Note: All files are pdf, you need have special program like Acrobat Reader.
Try sewing these knit pants with step by step free tutorial that has more 20 photos and comments.
Parts of pattern of knit pants
Place parts of pattern to wrong side a fabric and cut all parts of pants. Don't forget add seam allowances.
These pants have a waistband with elastic strip and cuffs from another knit fabric.
Start sewing childrens pants
Place your both pieces of pants legs together. Now you need to sew a side seam with seam allowance 1.5 cm.
If you don't have an overlock sewing machine you can use zig zag stitches.
How to add cuffs to bottom edges of pants
Place cuff to bottom edge of pants and baste it by hand.
Internal seam (in-seam) of pants
After stitching these details you need to sew internal seam (in-seam) of knit toddler pants.
Now you need to neaten all edges of the cuffs and the internal seam.
Fold the cuff inside the knit pant leg as shown and press it.
We continue to sew knit pants
Wind a bobbin thread having the same color as main fabric of pants.
Baste the cuff around the pants leg and sew it with straight stitches, as shown.
Turn out the children's knit pants on the right side. Look! Using the trick with bobbin thread this seam is almost invisible on fabric.
Sewing both parts of pants together
Now it is time to join both parts of pants (with cuffs) together.
Place the left part to the right part of pants along crotch curve together.
Sew it by hand baste stitches.
How to make a waistband with elastic tape
Now you need wrap a waist your child with elastic strip. Do not tighten it too!
Note: During cutting the elastic tape don't forget add a seam allowance.
Now you need make an elastic waistband.
First, stitch the edges of waistband and elastic strip.
Second, you need to divide both details into four equal segments and put the marks.
Insert the elastic into the folded waistband. Align the marks and pin it, as shown.
Make four vertical stitches across the elastic waistband. At the same time these seams divide it on four equal parts.
With this trick the elastic inside the waistband casing will not roll up.
Now we continue to do the casing waistband for the childrens knit pants.
Stitch along the edges of elastic casing, as shown.
How to add the waistband to the knit pants
Place the waistband with elastic to upper edge of the pants and pin it (or baste it) together.
Now you need sew it with straight stitches along the edges.
The sewed edge need have overlock seam. If you don't have a serger you can to use zig zag stitches.
The waistband of your kid's pants should look like this.
Note: Don't leave this sewed edge raw. During wash it'll be fraying.
Pants with cuffs a child can wear a few years
These knit pants for your child can wear a few years. While a kid is small you can lift up the cuffs.
If your toddler gets older and pants will become shorter you can lower down the cuffs of pants.
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