Sunday, October 9, 2011

DIY Kid's Pirate Pants {Tutorial}

Ahoy Mateys! Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

A certain little boy in our house has discovered the fun of Peter Pan/Captain Hook. When I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween this year, his reply was, "a dinosaur....ROOOOOAR!" This would be his 3rd year in a row as a dinosaur....not happening. So with some convincing (and letting him watch Peter Pan/Hook waaay too many times) I got him to accept the idea of being a pirate instead.

The pirate vest pattern came from the very creative Dana over at MADE. I appliqued on some cross bones (he didn't want the skull). The hat, hook, bandana and sword all came from the thrift store.....I heart a good deal.

Of course, little sister needs to be Tinkerbell. Here is a sneak peek at her outfit. More details on that soon!

Linking up to these fab parties!
Get the pirate pants tutorial after the jump....

Here’s what you'll need:
- 3/4 yard to 1 yard black knit fabric (I scored some black athletic knit for $2...sweet!)
- 3/4 inch elastic (to determine length: measure around your child’s waist and add 1 inch.
- Safety Pin
- Thread
- Scissors
- Ball point sewing machine needle*

*The ball point needle will make a world of difference when sewing with knits. Don’t fear knits J

Grab a pair of shorts or pants that fit your child and fold them in half lengthwise. Lay your fabric on your cutting mat and fold in half. Lay the pants on top of your fabric with the folds matching. Now you are going to cut out a front side and back side for the pirate pants. Cut around the pants adding about ½ inch around the shape of the pants. Use this as a template to cut out the back side of the pirate pants. I added too much and ended up cutting off a bunch so don’t pay too close attention to my “over” cutting.

Unfold your front and back sides, match them up right sides together and pin together along the inseam and outside leg seams.

Sew where you have pinned, using a ½ inch seam. I serged my pants but this is not necessary as most knit fabrics won’t fray. Try them on your child to make sure the pants won’t be too big or too small. Leaving the pants inside out, make small snips with your scissors around the crotch area just under the seam you just sewed. This will give the fabric that nice curved shape instead of bunching up.

 Next comes the waistband. With the pants inside out, fold down the waist 1 inch all the way around and pin in place.

Starting at one of your side seams, start sewing close to the bottom edge of the waistband. Remember to back stitch so that when you insert your elastic later the stitches won’t come out. Sew all the way around, stop when you get about 1.5 inches from where you started. Back stitch again. This will make an opening to insert your elastic.

Attach safety pin to one end of the elastic. Feed it through the waistband.

 Stitch together the two ends of elastic. I like to go over this stitch 4 or 5 times to make sure that the elastic isn’t going to pull apart.
Push the elastic up into the waistband. To close up the opening, start sewing where you stopped sewing before and sew to the end of the opening.

 Leaving the pants inside out, fold them in half with the seams match. Cut the bottoms of the pants to make them look jagged. Don’t cut your side seams though!

I added a small patch of red fabric to the knee and stitched it on with some embroidery thread.

Now go try them on yer lil’ pirate!


  1. Grammie loves her Jonah Pirate! Mommy did a great job too.

  2. Very cute and a very good tutorial. Everytime I'm on your page I'm wondering if my SIL started a blog cause in the little pic on the top right you could be her twin sister ;-)

  3. Great job! I love that you had to convince him to be someone else this year. We do that too. The tut was great. He looks ready to fight P.P.!


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