Baby trousers! (Winter Pinterest Challenge)

Here’s a short and sweet post for a short and sweet project.

 Rae's basic newborn baby pant lined

Kermit loves modelling, and he’s so good at it too.

The first of my close friends is due next month and we are all SO EXCITED, yet also a little unprepared because we’ve never done this before! I plan on making the baby a baby quilt, but when one of her friends organised her a last minute baby shower dinner thing, I wanted a quick project to give her (the quilt won’t be finished till the baby is born).


So I turned to my pins and found this lovely free pattern from Made by Rae and got to serging (oh yeah! I did all the guts of these on my new overlocker). I was going to just make them unlined in this black and white elephant fabric, buuuut then after cutting them out and sewing them up, I realised I had cut the elephants out upside down. Ruh-roh.

So I pulled out my copy of Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings and copied the construction of her quick change trousers to make a these into lined pair of trousers.

To do this, you make two identical pairs of trousers and sew everything except the waistband and leg openings. Then slip one pair into the other, right sides facing. Sew a seam along the top of both pairs of trousers. Turn inside out, then top stitch about half an inch under the waist band, leaving a small opening to slip quarter inch elastic through. Thread the elastic through and then zig zag stitch the ends of the elastic together and complete the top stitching so it looks all nice. I didn’t take any pictures of this but thankfully I used horribly clashing thread for the top stitching so you should be able to figure it out…. Once you’ve turn that, turn all four leg openings up quarter of an inch with the iron and top stitch all the way around. You’re done!

 Rae's basic newborn baby pant lined

And those upside down elephants on the inside? Perfect turn ups!

This post is part of the Pinterest Challenge, organised by Katie (Bower Power), Sherry (Young House Love), Michelle (Decor and the Dog), and Megan (The Remodeled Life).

Thanks guys!


  • February 27, 2013 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

    So adorable! I love the elephant cuffs (even if they were a happy accident)!

    • Annabel Vita
      February 27, 2013 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Jess!

  • February 27, 2013 - 5:36 pm | Permalink

    These are killing me. So stinking cute!

    • Annabel Vita
      February 27, 2013 - 5:55 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Michelle, and congrats on co-hosting! X

  • February 27, 2013 - 6:39 pm | Permalink

    They are SO dear!

    • Annabel Vita
      February 27, 2013 - 7:07 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Bekah!

  • February 27, 2013 - 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Awww I love them! That photo with Kermit is too cute!! The little elephants are perfect for the cuffs.

    • Annabel Vita
      March 1, 2013 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

      I love it when a mistake becomes something cute like that!

  • February 28, 2013 - 2:13 am | Permalink

    These are so cute! I love the elephants!

    • Annabel Vita
      March 1, 2013 - 4:54 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Ashley! They’re super cute.

  • Ainhoa Vega
    February 28, 2013 - 7:52 am | Permalink

    Wow, adorable!!! Love the mini elephants :)

    • Annabel Vita
      March 1, 2013 - 4:54 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Ainhoa! (And I haven’t forgotten about your prize! Just finding the perfect extra thing to pop in the parcel!)

  • February 28, 2013 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

    The cuteness is killing me! And I’m loving that elephant pattern!

    • Annabel Vita
      March 1, 2013 - 4:54 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Kristen! I love it too.

  • March 2, 2013 - 3:32 am | Permalink

    These are seriously just the cutest things ever! I’m following you on Pinterest now because I’m betting you’ve got a bunch of awesome ideas on there!

    • Annabel Vita
      March 2, 2013 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Aww, thanks Crystal! I hope you like my pins!

  • March 5, 2013 - 3:02 am | Permalink

    So cute! The elephants on the bottom are perfect; well done!

    • Annabel Vita
      March 5, 2013 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Kelly! I was quite pleased that my mistake turned into a design feature.

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