Hi friends,

I hope you’ve had a fabulous holiday season.  My kids are back in school now, and I think we’re both grateful for having the time off, and happy to be going back to our normal routines!  Is it too late to talk about Christmas?  I hope not…because I have Christmas related tutorial for you today.

So you know I really love to make things.  What you might be surprised about though is that I have rarely ever made anything for my kids for Christmas.  It’s really difficult to pull off a complete surprise this year–it’s so hard to make something without the kids knowing!

This year though my kids had a sleepover at the grandparent’s house, which gave me some kid-free time to pull off making some doll clothes for the doll that we were giving the girls for Christmas.  Originally I’d hoped that I would have lots of tutorials for you, but in the end I just didn’t have the time to photograph/write up the instructions for all of the things that I made.

These clothes feel special to me for a couple of reasons.  For one, my grandmother once made me a whole set of clothes for my cabbage patch doll that I got for Christmas as a kid.  Secondly, I made the clothes out of my kids’ old clothes!  I love seeing miniature versions of some of my favorite outfits from the time when my girls were toddlers.

If there’s something in particular that you’d really like a tutorial for, let me know.  Maybe we can make another one and photograph it for you!  What I do have for you today is a tutorial for how to make a pair of pants for a Wellie Wisher doll….from a pair of your child’s old leggings!

Because I used a pair of old leggings, these pants came together so incredibly quickly.  I was able to use the bottom seams and side seams from my daughter’s leggings, which means I was able to cut down a lot on sewing for these. 

Ready for the tutorial?  Here you go!


Here’s what you’ll need:

Template
pair of child’s leggings.
6.25 inches of 1/4 inch elastic

Start by cutting out the pant pieces.  You’ll place one side on the fol (this could also be a seam on your child’s legging) and cut out two pieces (one from each leg) as shown below.

Now sew one of the crotch pieces together (Step 1).  When you are finished, it should like like picture 2 below.  Then fold over about 1/2 inch and sew a seam to create a passageway for the elastic.  Then thread your elastic through (step 4).

Finally sew up the side seam, catching each side of the elastic in your seam.
 
And that’s it!  Pretty easy, right?!

Happy sewing everyone!

XOXO,

Jill

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