Cut up your old jeans/pants to make custom baby jeans/pants. Time: 90min-3 hours +/-.
I traced around some old ones that fit well and added an inch to each side. I save the lines on my pattern, though–the original tracing plus the new lines. I like to cut off parts of my original item to work into the new fashion. It’s great practice for new and experimental techniques.
I like to save the original hemlines and side seams when possible. That almost always makes the difference between “homemade” and looking-good.
Since we use cloth diapers, we need a little more room in the seat of the pants–by sewing them myself, he can have real pants that don’t squeeze him like a sausage or advertise like a gigolo.
I like to make them and then add the elastic for jeans. Other pants get the elastic before finishing.
On this pair, I cut part of the old waistband to make the fly. The snaps are Kam snaps. As I am typing this, my boy is wearing them while nursing.
I had enough scrap to make bib this, too. I also snatched the zipper to replace the blown zipper from a new pair of jeans with a defective one. These were me favorite pair and I am happy with the new “life” from the demise of those.