Monday, April 2, 2012

Reversible knit baby pants {with pdf pattern}

 So everyone I know seems to be having a baby, and they all seem to be having boys. I LOVE sewing for babies, if I could I would always sew for babies. Now I do have my "go-to gift" that I have shared before. I had already made the easy baby quilt I thought I would mix things up a little bit with the baby gift set and share my most favorite thing I ever made my kids when they were little babies. Knit pants. So simple, so comfy and I always made them reversible, for two reasons really. 1. because it is a great two for one which is great for mixing up outfits. 2. the double layers help protect against baby leaking... you know how that goes :) So I whipped up a few pairs to add to the baby gifts. Today (in honor of my little guys 5th birthday) I am even offering a free PDF pattern for the pants. They are roughly a 3-6 months (ish) I would say they can fit between 3 months to 9 months if they are un-cuffed. So here is the link for the free pattern:

Baby Pants Pattern 

*Disclaimer the pattern is FREE so yes there are ads on the site where you download it from, please don't complain. Also don't get upset with me if you can't download the pattern if you send me an email requesting the pattern I do my best to send them out but I can't always meet all the demand. sorry :)

Now on to the sewing!
 Cut out the pieces as instructed by the pattern and also cut out a waist band piece, you will want that to be a rectangle that is 5inchesX15 inches (add a few more inches if your fabric doesn't have much stretch you want the waistband to be able to comfortable stretch to about 19 inches or the size of the babies waist)

 Then with right sides together sew two of the legs (one for each side) together at the bottom hem. Do this for both legs.
 Now just for a fun little (and completely useless) detail I decided to add a little pocket. So I cut a rectangle and I folded the sides in and top stitched along the top.
 Then I placed the pocket as a little cargo pocket on the side.
 I also added a little loop of twill tape (since it is cute) Stitch along the sides and bottom of the pocket.

 Then fold the pants so the right sides are together and match up the bottom leg seam. Then sew from one crotch to the other. (repeat for both legs)
 Then with one leg right side out and one leg inside out place the right side out leg into the other one matching up all the seams.
 (this is not the best picture of this step sorry) Sew the top of the "U" shape curve together to sew the two legs together. The picture shows one side but you want to sew down one side and up the other.
 Now you should have a very long pair of pants :) With the pants right side out tuck the un-sewn pant legs into the sewn pant leg. So the striped legs will get tucked inside the grey pant legs.
 Then pull the top of the striped legs up through the top. You will put the right sides together and then sew the same "U" shape that you did for the gray only you have to sew one side and then the other side making sure your seams meet in the middle. This way both crotch seams will match up on the inside (wrong sides together)
 Now you have a pair of reversible pants just missing the waistband...
 So for the waistband sew the top edge of the waist band under. This gives you a finished edge when sewing it in place later. Then fold the waistband in half width wise and sew.
 Then match the raw edge of the waistband up with the top of the outside layer of the pants. (the pants will likely be wider than the waistband.
 Then sew the waistband to the waist. Stretch the waistband as you sew so that it fits the waist of the pants.
 Then fold the waistband in and match the sewn edge in place with the other waistband. Sew along the bottom of the folded edge to secure. You will sew through all the layers at this point.
Then you are done! Not to bad right? You can also make the same pants with just a single layer by cutting only 2 legs and putting them together nearly the same way only you hem the bottom and then add the waistband just to on layer. See you back here later the week with more baby goodness :) All of it was made for a boy but really it can all be used for a girl as well.

Pocket fabric from my favorite new "boyish" collection Curious Nature.


  1. wow! thank you for show us this beautiful work!

    have a nice day!

  2. I haven't seen that way of making reversible pants before. It looks like a great method and your baby pants are really cute.

  3. thank you!! I have my eye on some fabulous knits at the fabric store that are just dying to make some of these pants :)

  4. I haven't tried sewing something reversible before. This is really cute and tempting lol.

  5. i loooooooooooove these Shauna! they are so cute! someone in my house surely needs a pair!

  6. how nice! thanks for sharing!

  7. супер)))) отличная идея! очень понравилось и цветовое решение и исполнение! браво)) обожаю Ваш блог!

  8. this is adorable, and I think it would be easy to lengthen and widen to make for my 10 month old. Thanks for the free pattern! You are awesome!!!!

    1. You will be able to do this as your child grows. I used a McCall's pattern for my 6-y.o. grandson with a woven fabric and I was pleasantly surprised at how well these instructions worked. I have photos on my site if you are interested.

  9. Couldn't have been more perfect! I'm having a baby boy in 2 day and I just made some knit pants for him and I loved LOVED making them... so easy and cute! But reversible.... this looks fun! Thanks so much for the fun pattern!

  10. Ohh, a perfect Shwin pattern for my little Wyn (true story) who is nearly 6 months AND we are heading into winter--YAY and thanks for you and Happy Birthday to your little dude Jude--hmm, rhyme much me?!

  11. This is brilliant! I love the fabric choices too! Thanks for the tutorial and pattern!

  12. Love your justification for making them lined. . . . :) These are darling! The waistband is super fun. I like the way you sewed the bottoms of the pants together first. I think my little girl needs some, especially next winter. :)

  13. These are adorable, thanks so much for the pattern, and for the excellent instructions on how to make them reversible--so great!!

  14. Hi - check out the pants I made today with this tutorial.


  15. QUESTION… hi so Ive made a few pairs now – and I ve got the alignments just right…. but i was wondering… are reversible pants -the liner part- does it naturally get a little “twisted” as the child steps his/her feet into it? I ve noticed this mainly when I complete the patteren and Im adjusting and inspecting just before I apply elastic- that the inner material is a little fickle… In the sense I feel like I should be able to shake out the bottoms and simply glide my arm from the waist to leg opening or vs versa- but i always find myself fiddeling for a few minutes to “untwist” the liner- now i know what your first thoughts are are her side seams matching? YES- do the crotch to waist seams match-YES Do the final binding seams match up-YES…. Sooo Im left thinking this is a normal liner issue???.

  16. My daughter asked me to make reversible shorts for her son (my grandson) who is 6. I looked at various patterns online and settled on this one. I am now at the point where I can see it will work. You can do this with a traditional shorts pattern that has 4 pieces. Simply sew both fronts to both backs and that will give you the look of the single piece in the first photo above and you will be working with TWO pieces, not four any longer. I had to cut off an inch of the hem and an inch from the waist since I would only be having a 1/4 inch seam for both. I was able to sew the FULL crotch seam for the second pant probably because it is a larger size. I am not using a waistband. Instead I will fold over the waist 1/4 inch and leave an opening to insert elastic. I will stitch the bottom part of the casing first and use 3/4 inch elastic. If you want a photo, I can provide one. I am pleased.

    1. I gave you credit for your instructions on my site where I have photos of the shorts I made and the adjustments I made to make the shorts work for my 6-y.o. grandson using a McCall's pattern. Find it here:


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