After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pants and Hats for the Littles

So far, my sewing experience has been limited to quilts, toys, stuffed animals, and odd things here and there.  I've been wanting to sew some clothes for the kids so I've started with pants.....easy.  I'm horrible at the fit, which drives me nuts because I get to the end of the project and have cute pants that don't fit right.  So, more pants I make, in hopes I will one day get better at perfecting the fitting process.  I hope to make dresses for Felicity this summer, but we shall see.  It depends on my frustration level with the fitting process.  :)
Anyways, here's what I made yesterday.
Here's some Big Butt Baby Pants made out of my favorite material ever.  Pattern found here.  He needed a little extra in the rise with this pattern, but I made it a bit too much.  Folding the waist down seems to help and I left the legs extra long in hopes that when he grows, the rise will work and the length in the legs will be good too.

I LOVE these pants on Kian.  They are made from the arms of an old sweater.  I didn't use a pattern for these, just folded a pair of his pants in half and used them as a guide to cut the legs wide enough.  I thought a casing out of the sweater material would be too bulky so I just used the stretchy bottom rim of the sweater for the waist.  It worked fine but AGAIN, the rise is wrong.  The waist is a bit too loose but I think if I take a tuck at the back that will fix them and the rise will be good enough.

I used some remaining bits of sweater to make him this funky hat, which I LOVE.  He loves it too.  Its the first hat he voluntarily keeps on for any length of time.

Felicity fell in love with Kian's hat and requested one too so I whipped her up one from another old sweater.  Hers is super funky, and we all love it for that reason.  The hats took me minutes each.

3 year old approved.  This is her hugging her hat while not having to remove it.  She later napped with it on.  That makes this Mama happy!  It also made me happy when Logan requested an orange one.  I didn't have any orange sweaters to repurpose so I'll have to keep my eyes peeled next time I get to go thrifting.  I love when my kids request handmade things.  I know many a kid who hates having to wear hand sewn things.  For now, my kids thrill me by loving their Mama made stuff and requesting more.


  1. Cute, Cute, Cute! I think I need at hat tutorial please!!

  2. So cute! I think the pants look great!! And the more I have made, the easier it is to get the size right... although I still mess it up sometimes!

  3. I love all the sweater creations! How wonderful!

  4. Jenny so fun to catch up with you on your blog! Those hats are great! Did you come up with that all on your own? etsy!

  5. Lindley, I've seen other blog mamas making hats and pants out of all sorts of things by just tracing ones on hand that fit already and nixing the pattern route. Thought I'd give it a try with an old sweater since I really would love to knit but don't know how.

  6. I love the hats and pants! Very cute!

  7. These are awesome!! I just bought boys wants, I'm such a scaredy cat when it comes to sewing. I have done it too, where I make something and then it doesn't turn out right..but you only get better by trying.