Why do baby pants always have such tight elastic waists? Any pants within my girlie’s size radius leave nasty red marks on her tummy (even the ones that are sized 2 – 3 months larger!). Either I have a massive bellied babe or manufacturers are clueless…
Not wanting to pack them away just yet, I figured out a quick & easy way to extend the life of her barely worn pants by using whatever stretchy cotton/jersey fabric is on hand:
Get your pants with the too-tight waist & fabric to make new one (in this case the neck of an old cotton turtleneck but you can easily use a t-shirt sleeve or any random jersey sewn into tube). Cut off the waistband of the pants & any bulky excess from the new-waist-fabric.
Slip the pants into the middle of the turtleneck neck (or t-shirt sleeve, or random jersey sewn into tube) right sides together. Pin and sew using a zigzag stitch.
That’s it! The pants could be done now, but I always like to do another quick step and make them look really finished.
Turn ’em inside out & snip off any excess hang-y bits. Smooth the inside seam down & zigzag it flat.
New comfy-waist pants for your little sweatpea! Wear the waist folded down or pulled up for extra warmth on the tummy.
And what about the chopped waistband?
A quick zigzag around the raw edge makes it into a fits-just-right headband that co-ordinates perfectly with the groovy new pants!