Hello, Sew Dang Cute Crafts readers! I’m Sabra from Sew a Straight Line
I’m super excited and flattered to be included in Tam’s July Jamboree series this month. I hope Tam is enjoying her maternity leave with sweet baby Ryker.
This week on my blog I’ve been sharing the football uniform I made for my youngest’s third birthday a couple of weeks ago.
Today I want to share with you how I made the pants. If you want the full details, including PDF patterns, on the helmet and jersey, click the button below to be taken to the rest of the Touchdown Gear series.
But let’s get started on the pants. They are super easy, especially if you’ve made bottoms before. I just am a very visual person, and I take a ton of pictures when I do my tutorials, because that’s what I like when I’m following others’ instructions.
To begin, you’re going to need:
-A pair of pants that currently fit your football player (or you can get a PDF for a size 3T at the link shared above)
-Knit cotton jersey (for a 3T I used 1/2 yard)
-Grosgrain ribbon in your choice of colors
-1-inch braided elastic
-1/4-inch braided elastic
Fold the pants so that the butt forms a nice little point in the back, like so (if you’re using the PDF, you can skip this part).
Trace the outline of the pants, plus 1/2-inch seam allowance, along the folded edge of the jersey knit. **I ended up cutting off the bottom part of the pants a few inches, to be shorter and more like a real football uniform**
Cut out and use that piece as the pattern for the other leg, tracing and cutting on the fold
Find the center line of the open leg piece.
And trace two parallel lines, one on each side of that center line
Lay your ribbon out along these lines. You can either pin or use washable school-quality glue stick to keep the ribbon in place
I used contrasting thread to really stand out and add more detail
Now fold the be-ribboned legs back along that center line, right sides facing
And sew up the open side seam to the pokey-outey butt part. If you’re using a knit jersey, you’ll want to use a stretch stitch and/or a walking foot if you have one. Or use a serger. But at the very least, use the stretch stitch. I have some basic info on sewing with knits HERE.
Place one leg inside of the other, right sides together, matching all seams
Turn the pants wrong side out. Fold the leg cuffs up one inch
Cut a piece of 1/4-inch elastic one inch smaller than the circumference of the cuffed leg. Attach a safety pin and insert the elastic through the open seam gap.
And stitch together.
Then repeat nearly the same thing for the waist. Cut the 1-inch elastic one inch smaller than the football player’s waist. Fold the waist over 2 inches. Sew the waist closed except for a 2-inch gap at the back seam
And thread that elastic through. Sew ends of elastic. Sew gap closed.
And you’ll have these
Toss them to the nearest All Star, stand back, and cheer them on to the end zone!
Feel free to run on over and pick up the rest of the uniform tutorials HERE. Enjoy!