I cannot believe it’s already Friday! I guess time goes by super quick when you’re busy being sick or taking care of someone else who is. Thankfully everyone is feeling better, so we can get back to the semi-normal life that is pregnancy! Speaking of which, I’m 20 weeks pregnant today! Woohoo! 🙂
Okay, back to why you’re really here!
Totally adorable right? The jeans are pretty nice too. 😉
I’m sure if you’re a regular reader that you’ve guessed this pattern is another from Peekaboo Pattern Shop. I’m addicted, I’ll admit it. But looking at these jeans I’m sure you can see why! These are only the 4th and 5th pair of actual pants I’ve ever made. (Beyond the occasional pair of pajamas anyway.) My boys wore them to their doctor appointments yesterday, and they got a lot of compliments.
Xavier wasn’t exactly thrilled to be getting his picture taken like normal, so unfortunately I didn’t get many pictures of the boys together. He wasn’t thrilled to have “matching” pants either, but as soon as he put them on he changed his mind. 😉
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but my favorite part of sewing clothes for kids’ are the personal details you can add. My boys love all things construction, so I used some construction sign fabric for the front pocket linings. Xave found it a while back at Joann’s in the clearance section and begged me to buy it. I wasn’t sure what I’d be able to use it for since it was in your face yellow, but this worked perfectly. They know it’s there and it’s cute without being obnoxious. (He wanted a whole shirt made out of that and I just couldn’t do it.)
The deer pockets were done on my sewing machine, no special equipment needed! I found a free deer head silhouette on google and printed off several copies, some regular and some mirrored. You want both so your pockets mirror each other like on regular jeans. After ironing my pockets I added some tear away embroidery stabilizer to the back (it just sits there) and pinned the silhouette where I wanted it on the pocket. Then I slowly stitched around the design, stopping frequently to turn and maneuver around all those little turns. The triple stitch takes more time and you have to be careful to count your stitches. If you’ve never done this before, I recommend practicing on scraps with a straight stitch and a simpler design. Okay, so after my pockets were stitched up, I ripped off the paper and stabilizer, which can get pretty tedious in those tiny little areas. A seam ripper or pin is great for that though. Just be careful not to rip any stitches out. I’m thinking about doing an actual tutorial at some point, so if you’re interested let me know.
When I shared these on Instagram and Facebook, I had a lot of people ask about the distressing and how I did it. Hopefully in the picture above you can see the difference between the before and after. The 2 pictures were taken within a few minutes of each other. It becomes more noticeable after washing, which is why the ones further up might look more dramatically distressed. So how’d I do it? Well, I use 220 grit sand paper and a handheld sander. Not the power tool kind! You will rip a hole right through your pants if you use an electric sander. I also took a Craftsy class a while back that shows you specific techniques and places to distress to get that designer look. She also shows you different ways and places to top stitch to make them look like ready to wear jeans. Since I learned all those things specifically from her class I don’t want to share them here. (Sorry! No affiliation, just want to be respectful.) However! You can find distressing tutorials online or just take a look at your own jeans and try to mimic them.
I’ve got plans to make up a few more pairs for Hunter since he’s a little low on pants for the fall. These are great for upcycling adult jeans too! If they’re non-stretch, you can use this tutorial to adjust the pattern to accommodate that. I’m also contemplating altering the pattern to make a straight or relaxed fit jean too. Anywho, if you wanna make your littles some awesome possum skinny jeans too, you can get that pattern HERE. Hopefully I can find an adult jean pattern that’s equally as awesome, because my husband wants some now too. 🙂
Now the price breakdown for anyone who’s wondering! (For both pairs)
$11.25 (about 1.5 yards with 50% off coupon)
Pocket lining fabric: used scraps (could use a fat quarter too! Probably about half for 2 pairs)
Buttons: free from my Grandma
Total: $13.25 for 2 pairs or about $6.63 each
*I don’t usually include thread in my cost breakdown since I usually use what I have on hand. However, since I used denim top stitching thread and quite a bit, I included it here based off full price. You can get 3+ jeans from 1 spoil depending on the size of your jeans and type of top stitching.
So there you have it! Designer style jeans for your kids at a fraction of the price! If you use old or thrifted jeans, the cost can be even less! I pick up pants when our thrift stores have $5 bag sales, so I get several for only a few bucks. If I’ve inspired you to try them out let me know! They really are so much easier than they look. Happy Friday! Have an awesome weekend!
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