Almost one year ago, I shared this tutorial that included free patterns for baby and toddler harem pants. The post has been one of our most popular ever and of course it’s easy to see why everyone would be interested in it, harem pants are SO stinking cute on little ones!
I am a HUGE fan of the trend and whipping up these pants is so super easy, seriously this pair only took me half an hour to make, and that’s including a little mess up on the cuffs (if you just follow my instructions, you won’t have this problem :D)
Unfortunately, my patterns from last year’s tutorial just weren’t working out for people. I think they were mostly spread out on to too many pages and so the printing was really having a hard time being consistent among printers and it was hard for everyone to figure out just how they worked together! After receiving many questions regarding them, I decided to just flat out re-do them all! I’ve come up with a pattern that is much more simple, though relatively the same. Now each pattern is basically constricted to two pages so there shouldn’t be any confusion about how to put it all together! Woo hoo!
IF you’re looking for a simple way to update your little kiddie’s wardrobes, then look no further than the “read more” button below! I’ve included patterns for NB-4T and photo instructions.
- 1/4-1/2 yard fabric (I recomend Jersey or Organic Cotton Knit, something with a little stretch to it)//
- Elastic //
- Sewing maching //
- PATTERN //
- Scissors //
- Matching thread in machine
1.Choose the appropriate size pattern, from the download button above, and cut out two pant pieces and two cuff pieces that you’ll then fold in half.
2. Put pant pieces right sides together and sew down the legs, on the outside and and around the whole half circle inside.
3. Pin your elastic (measure your little’s waist for the right size. I used 19″ for Stella who is in the 2T pattern) to the top of the waistline and sew it on. Sewing elastic is easy. Just pin the two edges to the same part of the waist, find the half way mark of both and pin it there, then find the halfway mark between each of those pins and pin it there. So now you have pins in 4 places, 1/4 the way around the elastic and the waistband and there should be extra fabric beyond the elastic. While sewing, pull your fabric taunt so the elastic gets sewn to the whole waistline. (there are more detailed tutorials readily available online for this so if you’re confused, just look one of those up!)
4. Fold the elastic down on the inside of the pants and sew that down. Make sure to pull the fabric taunt still as you do this step!
5. Turn the pants right side out and pin the cuffs, open edges flush with the bottom of your legs. Leave the open part on the inside seam.
6. Sew along this bottom.
7. Sew the cuff together, matching the seam to where the pant leg goes in.
8. Clip all threads off and turn the cuffs down.
Ok, I’m so excited about this update and I hope you can all find it super useful! Please let me know if you run in to any problems at all with the patterns and I will fix them ASAP, I want to get this to a useable place for everyone :)
The next item on my list is to buy a lot more organic cotton knit fabric and get busting these out for Stella and all the babies my friends are about to have! P.S. the fabric I used here is one of our Spoonflower patterns and can be found here, along with several other fun patterns! And that headband was made using this tutorial.