I made some wee pants/shorts out of a dollar store dish towel, inspired by the dish towel toddler skirt at Filth Wizardry (but I don’t have girls!) and a how-to at Rookie Moms about how to make toddler pants out of a t-shirt. I was hoping they would be fun shorts for my two year-old, but they were a bit of a craft fail in that area (too tight!). They look like they would fit babies from newborn to 12 months.

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Dish towels come in different sizes at the dollar store. The one I used (had it on hand) was 15×26″. I’m pretty sure you can find larger ones at the dollar store, so next time I go I’ll pick up a bigger one and try again.

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Project Materials:

  • Dish towel, $1
  • Elastic, $1 or on hand
  • Scrap fabric for pocket (optional), on hand

Total cost: $1 and up

To make:

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1. Cut a dishtowel in half.
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2. Line two pieces up together with right sides together and good seams facing down. Fold in half. Cut a curvy cut out.
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3. Take rectangular pieces of scrap fabric and fold about 1/2″ in around the outsides and iron. Fold over an additional turn on top of pocket. Sew a seam across top of pocket.
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4. Pin pocket to right side of shorts pieces. Sew around sides and bottom, leaving top open.
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5. Place pieces of shorts together, making sure right sides are facing each other, and line up.
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6. Pin curved sections and sew.
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7. Clip curves to allow for more stretch.
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8. Open up shorts and shift, bringing sewn seams to the center.
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9. Take inseam part and line up together. Pin and sew.
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10. Fold top waistband over and pin. You are going to leave a small spot open for the elastic to feed through. If you’re forgetful like me, mark the spot with two pins so you don’t accidentally sew the whole waistband closed!
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11. To make elastic easier to feed through casing, attach a safety pin to the end. Feed through waistband casing.
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12. Tighten elastic to desired size, then put two pieces together and sew. Clip elastic, finish waistband casing seam.
You’re done! Try them on your kid and hope they fit!