Saturday, September 12, 2015

DIY Baby/Doll Leggings from Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Does your girl have any long sleeve shirts that are getting too small?  Does she have a favourite doll that is in need of a new pair of pants, or a younger sister that needs leggings?  Don't throw out those long sleeve shirts, because they can be easily turned in to a cute pair of leggings for a doll or younger sister.

For doll leggings or baby leggings, any long sleeve shirt in size 7/8 girls or larger should work since the sleeves should be long enough for the legs, as well as the elastic waistband at the top.  For bigger kids, any adult long sleeve shirt will work for the leggings since the sleeves should be long enough to make the legs and the waistband.  These leggings can be worn under dresses and skirts, or as pants.

Would you like to make some leggings for that special girl or her doll?  You've come to the right place!  Catch the tutorial below:

Things you'll need:

  • A long sleeve shirt in size girls 7/8 or larger for doll/baby leggings or an adult-size long sleeve shirt for toddlers
  • A pair of leggings that fit your girl or their sister if you are doing the baby leggings
  • Your girl's doll if you are doing the doll leggings (so you can measure the inseam and rise length)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Essentials (Machine, thread)
  • 3/4 or 1 inch non-roll elastic for waist (you can use narrower elastic for the doll leggings if you like)
To begin, you will want to place your girl's long sleeve shirt on the table like this so you can determine how much sleeve to cut off:


Using a pair of your girl's leggings, or the measurement of your doll's body length from the feet to the waist to determine how much sleeve to cut off.  In this example, I am making leggings for an American Girl doll of one of my cousins so I cut the sleeves off at the armpit, perpendicular to the sleeve inseam:


Now, measure your legging inseam or doll inseam to determine how long the legs will be.  In this example, the doll's inseam is 7 1/2 inches.  I took my ruler and measured up 7 1/2 inches and marked the inseam of the sleeve at that measurement:


Next, cut from the top of the sleeve to the mark you made in the previous step, right beside the serged  seam.  this will be the rise of the pants, the part that leads to the waistband.  Repeat for the second sleeve.


With one sleeve inside-out and the other right-side out, take the right-side out sleeve and put it inside the inside-out sleeve, matching up the inseams:


Pin along the front and back rise, matching the two sleeves so the inseams are matched and the tops are matched, then sew.


Now, take the leg that is inside the other and pull it out to get two legs joined at the rise seams.  It's starting to look like leggings!


We need to make a casing to hold the elastic waistband.  Fold the top of the waist 1 1/4 inches and sew, leaving a gap in the back to insert the elastic.


Then:



Measure around your girl's waist, or the doll's waist if you're making leggings for a doll, and cut your elastic to that length.  Then, feed the elastic through the casing using a safety pin to help guide the elastic in to the casing.  When you get the elastic back to the starting point, overlap the ends by one inch and sew the ends together.


Sew the gap in the casing closed by pulling the elastic taut and sewing next to the elastic.


Enjoy your finished leggings!


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