My life changed today. My sister informed me of buttonhole elastic. Please tell me you’ve never heard of this. Make me feel just a teensy bit better about my naiveté. And please excuse me while I have a total why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moment.
Still don’t get it? It wasn’t so intuitive for me either. By sewing a button into the back of the pants where the elastic peeks out, you can adjust the fit of the waist by buttoning the elastic at different lengths. This stuff is perfect for growing kiddos or for adults who have simply indulged in a large meal. This year I’m totally wearing flannel pants with buttonhole elastic to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s not a far departure from the usual holiday attire, so I’m sure it won’t be an issue.
Whitney is ready to clad the growing children of the world with adjustable waist flannel pajama pants. Five pairs? This woman is on a roll.
The facts, straight up:
Pattern: dana-MADE-it’s Kid Pants
Fabric: an assortment of Jo-Ann flannel
Notions: buttonhole elastic, plus one random button per pair
Make it again?: I’m a little tapped out after all these, but never say never.
“Did you stock up on flannel during the big Jo-Ann sale? It ended up being $2 and change per yard and I went a little nuts. There are only so many basic baby blankets with satin binding you can make before you need a break (amen sister).
Enter kid pants.
Kid pants are about the easiest thing on the planet to whip up, as evidenced by the FIVE PAIRS I cranked out in one sitting. Assembly-line sewing is the way to go here, folks.
Dana’s blog is fantastic and this pattern happens to be free. If the size doesn’t suit you, you’ll find a link to drafting your own pattern based on an existing pair of pants. The pattern goes together lickity split. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll probably crank out a pair in 30 minutes if you’re doing multiples.
I opted to do buttonhole elastic on these and if you use the link above, you’ll see that the stuff is really pretty inexpensive. Hopefully buttonhole elastic makes them more wearable, although let’s be honest… flannel is really only appropriate about six months out of the year. I suppose a kid’s waist doesn’t grow too terribly much in a season?
Here’s a good buttonhole elastic tutorial if you need one. I used a single button instead of two, but the effect is nearly the same. And no worries about picking out perfect buttons – I raided my stash of those ones that come in the little envelopes attached to new clothing. Look at me… repurposing just like my little sis!”
I am so proud. Tear.