I found the most awful shirt the other day at the thrift store. A combination that was so bad – MOCK TURTLENECK & SHORT SLEEVED. But it was on the cutest jersey covered with bunnies and Easter eggs…just not something a grown adult should EVER wear. So I rescued this shirt for 80 cents and transformed it into some adorable spring leggings for Della in just 20 minutes! Here’s how you can do this quick DIY for your kids too:
First, find a god-awful shirt, and grab a pair of leggings that fit your child well.
Lay the leggings down on the shirt, folded in half, with the hem of the pants hitting the bottom of the T shirt (you will use the edge of the T shirt hem as the bottom of the pants, then you don’t need to hem the pants, yay!). Cut around your leggings through both the front and back of the shirt, cutting 1/2″ from the edge of the pants, with the bottom of the leg flush and cutting 1 1/2″ from the top of the waist. Now flip the pants over and cut it out again through both layers.
You will have 4 pieces cut now, two pieces for each leg. Sew the outside seam of each leg, right sides together, with 1/2″ seam allowance. This picture shows how the seam will look with the right sides of the fabric together on the left & how it will look stretched out after on the right.
Lay the two legs on top of each other, right sides together, and stitch the curved crotch seams together. Again, use a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Now turn the fabric so your legs are now in a V. Sew up and down the inside of the legs (you can do this in one line of stitching by just turning the fabric when you get to the corner to turn in the V).
Finally, all that is left is your waist. Turn the fabric under 1/2″, then 1″. Sew along the edge of the roll, leaving 1″ open for you to thread elastic through.
Guide a piece of elastic a few inches longer than the waist circumference through the waist. The easiest way to do this is by putting a safety pin through the elastic, and using the head of the pin to guide the elastic through, inching it along with your fingers.
Once you have the one end through, stitch both ends together a few times and trim to 1/2″ at the end. You will want the waist to have a little gathering, but not need to stretch too much over your babies waist, so that the leggings are comfortable for them to wear and to get on and off. Then sew your hole closed that you had guided the elastic through.
That’s it! You have successfully rescued that ugly T shirt and made your lil’ one a pair of cute leggings at the same time.
Now enjoy some play time, and start hunting the thrift racks again for another shirt to save!