So, I decided to start a series on my blog, that I will be premiering today, but hopefully posting about every Friday showing you how to reuse items you already have to make new clothes. I actually do this all of the time at home. It is partly to cut back on waste, but also because I have things with prints or embroider that I just love and I'd like to see them have a new life in a new piece of clothing.
This week I'll show you how to make a pair of 10 minute leggings from an old t-shirt. You can use a pattern you already have. I've used this Skinny Toddler Leggings Pattern from my shop.
Once you have a pattern, the process is pretty much the same as if you were using a regular knit fabric yardage.
The only big different is that I line up the hem of the t-shirt or skirt or whatever I am using. I'm going to use the factory hemmed edge as the bottom. It saves time and looks great.
I just fold the pattern up 1/2' and line it up with the bottom of the t-shirt for cutting. Then follow the instructions for stitching up your pants.
I made this cute pair in under 10 minutes. I did add that super adorable panda pocket embroidery design. It's available at blastostitch.com. All of their designs are on sale for $.25 right now, normally $2.99. How cute. A new pair of leggings for $.50 with the elastic. I could have used t-shirt fabric to make a knit waistband and skipped the elastic all together.