My leggings ripped today in the most epic of fashions – right across the bum. Oh yeah. That gaping hole there was big enough so that the world and his daft aunt Tiffany could see my Sesame Street pants.

In any case, being half way through reading Lucy Siegel’s book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World, I couldn’t quite bring myself to chuck them out. But, as the old saying goes, what can you do?

Well, you can turn them into soft baby jeans by cutting one line and sewing two. Using the same principals I covered when I turned hoodie sleeves into jogging bottoms, these took about ten minutes to make and you could customise* them in all kinds of cute ways – odd buttons, sequins, embroidery, iron on patches… whatever, really.

Anyways, all you need to do is cut around the crotch of a stiff pair of trousers which fit your child. I tried cutting around leggings and tights in the past, pulling the elastic to the max, but always ended up with skewed sizing. Denim all the way here, from now on.  To get the length right, line up the bottom of the ‘model’ trousers with the bottom of the leggings.


Once you’ve done that, you end up with two very short legs.


Assemble these as per this post.

And voila:


A tea-party in jeans.

Does anyone have any more good ideas for making toddler clothes from adult items? Anyone got any awesome upcycling tips for the coming cull of my wardrobe?


*Not sure the spelling of ‘customise’ here looks right, but ‘customize’ with a z looks wrong too. I’ve decided to go UK style-e and stick with the s… those in the know, please forgive me if it’s incorrect. 😉