So here’s one for the mamas!! My sister, Nicole, and her hubby had a beautiful baby boy named Riley about 9 months ago. We just spent yesterday babysitting him and to say he is amazing baby is an understatement. Apart from one very smelly poop that had Uncle Sam heading for the hills, we had the easiest day with him. Here is the baby of the hour…Ol’ blue eyes!
Now Nicole’s a pretty crafty lady and loves to wear those fun and comfy harem pants. Not being able to find any around for bubba, she took it upon herself to make them, without a pattern! And here’s how she did it…
What you’ll need
- 2 Types Fabric – about 1m patterned stretch cotton for the legs, 250cm of jersey for the band. Makes sure it’s something baby friendly so they’re comfortable!
- Sewing machine
- Dressmakers chalk
How to make baby harem pants
Start with an existing pair of your baby’s pants. This is a great way to make sure they’ll actually fit, since we aren’t using a pattern! Use the pants to get the waist and length right, but don’t forget to add a little wiggle room for stitching.
Fold the material in half, making sure you have enough to do 2 sides. Cut one leg out which unfolds to be 2 legs. We layered a pair of pants folded in half on top of the fabric against the fold of the fabric and used dressmakers chalk to give us a rough idea of where everything should go, and then gave the legs a bit of room at the top, to allow space for the nappy and give it that slightly slouchy look. Once you are happy with the shape, cut out one side then use that as a template to create the other side.
If you don’t have an overlocker, you can run a zig zag stitch around the edge of the fabric to stop it from fraying after wearing washing. Pin your pants together, with underside facing outwards. Run a stitch right the way around, just inside the zig zag stitch.
Next up, we need to make the waist band. So cut a slice of your ribbed fabric that is double the width of the waist plus about 150mm. Make it nice and tall, so you can fold it over. Fold it in half horizontally (see above pic), then fold it in half to be the width of the waist (below pic). Stitch the edges together.
Here’s where things start to get a bit tricky. You need to pin the edge of the waist band to the top of the pants. Flip the pants the right way around. Make sure the seam on the band is facing outwards and the rough edge is at the top. It’s quite thick to sew through all of this, so go nice and slow!
Do exactly what we did for the waist band for the cuffs on the legs, just making it double the width of the leg. And again, sew the ends together.
Once they are cut to fit, pin them in place and stitch them on.
Fold your waist band over and tadah! You’re got a cute little pair of custom harem pants especially for your baby!
Here’s another version Nicole made without the legs cuffs! I adore this fabric!
Here’s Riley just doing some modelling… I took so many photos but the kid can crawl now so they’re just a blur of baby as he flies by!
What do you think? Cute, right? Let us know how you go! You can follow Nicole on Instagram here.