The time I accidently shrunk and felted Doug’s favorite sweater in the laundry was disappointing. I tried not to be too excited when I thought about what I could make from the felted wool.
First up: wool baby pants
I used the free “Katrina’s longies” pattern instead of trying to wing it. The measurements were spot on for my child. The waistband rises in the back for a good fit.
Baby pants are made from three pieces: two legs and a waistband. Choose the size based on your child’s measurements, so if your child has some extra fluff from cloth diapers, measure him with the diaper on.
First you fold each leg piece in half and sew the inseams, then you join the two legs together, and finally you sew on the waistband. (More detailed sewing instructions with photos are at this tutorial.)
I took a shortcut and used the sweater sleeves for the legs, with the cuffs already finished around the ankles.
They are so soft and cuddly!
Before I cut into the wool I made a practice pair using cheap fleece. The pattern works well with fleece, but make sure the fleece stretches horizontally so you can pull the pants over the baby’s hips. You want to make sure the waistband can stretch too.
Now my baby runs around in a bright green pair of Kermit pants.
Seriously, no sweater is safe anymore.
Around this time each year I have to do a reality check and decide how much time I can reasonably spend on sewing, because if I haven’t made a handmade gift by now, it’s probably not going to happen. But I’m not quite there yet, and I think there may be some more wool projects coming.