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jausten 09-16-2007 09:06 AM

Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
I had a request for this tutorial, so here you go.

In this series of pictures, I am making fleece longies from an Old Navy sweatshirt that I just don't love anymore. (Okay, the color looks really bad on me! :blush: ) But the same thing can be done with wool.

Also, for the sake of simplicity, I'm using the sleeves for this tutorial; however, you can always use any part of the sweater by sewing up one side to make a tube. :thumbsup: And you can make them shorter for shorties.

Rules of what to use:
* fleece - look for 100% polyester
* wool - 100% wool is best, but blends work fine as long as it's not cotton or rayon; I try to stick with at least 70% wool and the rest nylon if I'm using a blend

I wash my wool sweaters in hot and then dry them on high heat before sewing to felt them, but you don't *have* to do this. It just makes for a more bulletproof cover, especially for nighttime. Obviously, the thicker the sweater, the more absorbent the cover, so if you're wanting to make nighttime longies, look for a heavy-weight sweater.

Now ... on to the tutorial ...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2756/...7f7eae4162.jpg

cut off the sleeves:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/...c4dce73b7b.jpg

your 2 sleeves = legs of longies
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/...86f37c4a9f.jpg

line up the hems of your sleeve-legs and a pair of current pants to locate where crotch should go
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/...810fa35a8f.jpg

put a pin where the crotch is going to go in both sleeve-legs
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2787/...95d3fbdd97.jpg

cut down the seam of both sleeve-legs to where the pin is
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/...e81bd096d1.jpg

put your sleeves together, overlapping any extra fabric in the middle
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2678/...9fbd3cb70d.jpg

use a current pair of pants to measure width of hips (add a little width to cover the big diaper bum if the pair of pants you are using for comparison are trim) - cut off the excess fabric that's in the middle
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/...5e19fd23b1.jpg

1. turn one sleeve inside out
2. tuck the right-side out sleeve inside the inside-out sleeve
3. line them up and pin
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/...c62c98877b.jpg

sew from one end to the other - if you have a serger, you may serge the edges; if not, just use a zig-zag stitch as close to the edge of the fabric as possible
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/...3ffda03658.jpg

reinforce the crotch with a reverse stitch as you're sewing
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/...10c8591e30.jpg

voila!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2755/...9c64954288.jpg

pull the sleeve out, and pat yourself on the back -- you're half-way done!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2682/...88398ac8c5.jpg

using the current pair of pants, measure where the waist is going to go - give yourself room to fold over the waistband for elastic!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/...d1a5004632.jpg

fold waist over a little wider than the width of the elastic you're using and pin
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2698/...edf1a49b68.jpg

sew the bottom edge of the fabric - for fleece, I just use a straight-stitch; for wool, I use a zigzag stitch to keep it from unraveling
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/...d0faa70450.jpg

You may fold once and then again for a neater edge, but if your sweater is thick, it makes it a little tough to sew through all of the layers.

make sure you leave enough room for the elastic!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/...89b97bba2b.jpg

to measure your elastic, measure waist of baby and subtract 5 inches - that is the length to cut your elastic

pin a jumbo safety pin on each end of the elastic
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/...4d2afe84b1.jpg

thread through the waistband
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/...0e2217a1b6.jpg

make sure you don't lose your elastic :)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4032/...24b3cd993e.jpg

sew the elastic together
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/...7e3e581eb4.jpg

sew the waistband closed
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/...8ae4f06fec.jpg

turn your pants right-side out and cheer -- you're done!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2787/...42630e5786.jpg

YummyYarnAddict 09-16-2007 09:24 AM

Re: Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
This is awesome, thank you! I wonder if we can get it sticky-d?

ferrferr 09-16-2007 09:37 AM

Re: Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
I'm bookmarking this since I have 2 100% lambswool sweaters to make into longies and soakers for my girls! :D


SOMEONE STICKY THIS PLEASE!!!!!!!

YiddoBug 09-16-2007 11:04 AM

Re: Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
Wow! Thank you so much!

STICKY STICKY!

sweetietooth 09-16-2007 11:38 AM

Re: Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
:yay:
Hooray for Keli and her *awesome* picture tutorials!

I agree: STICKY! STICKY!

mamatutugirls 09-16-2007 01:21 PM

Re: Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
could you be ANY craftier?!!!! You are so good, I love those recycled longies and those super uber cute dresses for your daughter made out of all your old clothes:laugh:
You rock:thumbsup:

jennyb 09-16-2007 01:23 PM

Re: Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
wow - thanks ... i am such a visual person, i really needed this!!!

MamaToBe84 09-16-2007 01:27 PM

Re: Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!! I have a really hard time doing things without pics, and this is a big time help! I hope you dont mind if I save it for my own use ;) (i have a beige old navy fleece sweater that doesnt fit me anymore, lol)

topazdodge 09-16-2007 10:59 PM

Re: Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
Please sticky in case I can't find this later when I need it! Thanks, great tutorial!

bethiecow 09-20-2007 02:13 PM

Re: Picture Tutorial: Making Recycled Fleece and/or Wool Longies
 
This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much! :goodvibes: I went to Goodwill this morning and picked up some wool sweaters; now I just need to get some elastic and get to sewing!


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