I read Soulemama (http://www.soulemama.typepad.com/) everyday. I absolutely LOVED her lounge pants from bedsheets idea: http://soulemama.typepad.com/soulemama/2007/11/favorite-things.html and decided I could do the same thing for the little ones with old pillowcase material! Here's how I did it:
Take a pair of children's pants and fold in half. Lay it down on your fabric (in this case a vintage pillowcase!)and trace about an inch away from your pants. Flip the pants over to make a mirror image, and continue to trace.
Cut out when done tracing. These size six pants took the entire width of the pillowcase, smaller sizes will not. Cut through the sides of the pillowcase making two pieces of fabric. Put right sides together and sew the crotch of the pants together:
Open up the pants and reorient so that you have two legs. While keeping right sides together, sew up the inseam of the pants:
Turn down the top part of the pants 3/4 to 1" and sew. Leave a small hole to thread your elastic through:
Sew the elastic ends together and sew up the hole in your waistband:
These pants are AWESOME!!! They are so comfortable! Using the ends of old sheets or cases means no hemming, plus I love those funky little details on the pants! Making my own pair today...Doug will be so happy I'm finally using up my fabric stash!
They got a thumbs up from my biggest critics:
Lounging in my own pair!