kcwc: day two

September 21st, 2010

I got these two pairs of PINK! and YELLOW! cords at the gap this summer for 3 bucks each and knew right away I wanted to turn them into pants for my kids. Last year I made pants for them out of my husband’s old jeans (sort of like this) but the rise was too low and they never wore them–my son called them, without any malice, his “falling down pants.”

I wanted to get the fit right this time, but the stinkers were sleeping when I made these so I got all fancy with the pockets while I waited. There are two patch pockets on the back of each pair and a little pocket in front–a star for my son and a heart for my daughter.  When they tried them on they both complained that the pocket was too small. Wouldn’t you be excited to have a star pocket on your pants? Whatever. They fit.

I used a pretty bit of printed corduroy for the elastic casing on the pink ones and this crazy awesome vintage scrap I had for the yellow pair. This is a super easy way to make use of those jeans you never wear, but can’t get rid of for some weird reason. Cute recycling. My friend Mary Jo over at Five Green Acres put a little upcycling twist to kids clothes week; check it out if you are making big clothes into small clothes this week.

Made by Rae Giveaway!

Today’s giveaway is from the fabulous Rae from Made by Rae. She is hilarious and down to earth and a damn fine seamstress. She kindly offered up two patterns for kids clothes week: the big butt baby pants and the toddler backpack. Both patterns are PDFs, so you could even add them to your list for this week (ha!). Just tell me which one you would rather have in the comments and I’ll choose two winners! The toddler backpack is full of nice details: pockets and piping and padded straps and little loops for hanging. And the big butt baby pants, while also being extremely fun to say, are versatile and useful and super cute. Decisions, decisions.


The winners are

big butt baby pants: #10 Shannon

toddler backpack: #55 Stephanie from neuroses galore



290 Responses to kcwc: day two

  1. em says:

    i would love to try the big butt baby pants!! thanks!

  2. Becky says:

    I love the toddler backpack! Its exactly what we need since the little guy wants to carry his own library books now!

  3. Ana says:

    I’d love to win the pants, they would be great as I’m having a baby in a few months so I would have plenty of time to start sewing them in all different sizes before I get too distracted!

  4. Megan says:

    I think I prefer the backpack pattern, but the BBB pants are so cute too!

  5. Anna says:

    I would love the baby pants pattern! That would be awesome for gifts for my friends’ kids for Christmas!

  6. I’d love the pants! My newly adopted son is our first to use cloth diapers and we’re needing some larger pants to fit his “big butt” :)

  7. Kim A says:

    Definitely the big butt baby pants!
    Love the cute little pockets on your kids’ cords!

  8. beth lehman says:

    love love the big butt pants – and a friend who is 40 just told me she’s having a baby – so bring on the BBPs!!

  9. Lydia Barnes says:

    Backpack please!

  10. Hi! I have been sewing some things for my almost 3 years old doughter, including a backpack and a litle sports bag. I love this toddler backpack pattern and i just haven’t bought it yet because that zipper scares me! But i’ve been practicing so i would love to win the backpack pattern!

  11. Mary says:

    Love the cords! Brings back memories of when I was a kid :-). I would love the big butt baby pants pattern for my ample-sized baby!

  12. maryanne says:

    I would love the big butt pants sewing pattern – I have a very sweet little boy with a big butt in his cloth nappies!

  13. Kristen says:

    I have used Rae’s Toddler Backpack pattern and I love it! My daughter gets comments all the time about how cute hers is!

    That said, I would love the Big Butts Baby Pants Pattern – I have been wanting to try them out for awhile now!

  14. Kimberly L says:

    I have the pants pattern already and L-O-V-E it! I think I may *need* the backpack pattern!

  15. Anna says:

    The pants are cute but the small people in my life are growing up so i would love the backpack pattern please!

  16. jenn says:

    have always wanted one of those backpacks! and those pants…what can you say? SO CUTE!! would love those things. :) thanks for the giveaway!

  17. pamela says:

    i have been wanting to try the backpack for a while now!! what a great give away!

  18. Lucy says:

    osoooooo cute!

  19. Awesome…my grandkids will love the pants and backpack…thanks!

  20. carrie says:

    i’d love the toddler backpack pattern. my daughter is going to be dora the explorer for halloween. i could make her a little purple backpack.

  21. Samantha says:

    MUST.have.the.pattern! lol I have 3 friends that are currently expecting and a baby myself! these are BEAUTIFUL! love those pants!

  22. Maryellen says:

    Thanks for offering the give away! I love your designs. I would love to try the Big Butt Pants. I have two little ones running around that would look great in them!

  23. Michelle says:

    I love the toddler backpack! Just think of all the colors and fabric selections you could make with the pattern for the holidays and birthday presents. Too cute!

  24. suzee neal says:

    I really really……no..REALLY love the big butt pants.. so adorable!! I have a new granddaughter and I think the “chunky” looking pants look so cute on babies … (Sitting aside special fabrics just in case i win) :))

  25. annie says:

    I love both these patterns. I choose…..the backpack. I mean, the pants. No, the backpack would be more fun to make. But the pants would be fun, too, and practical. But so would the backpack, for overnight trips to Grandma’s.

    I have no idea. I love them both.