Baby Leggings with knee pads1:32 PM
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My little girl needed pants for winter. Being a spring baby we had lots of cute summer dresses with the panty-diaper covers. So I wanted to make a batch of simple knit leggings for the next few months.
Ellaria is crawling now so I wanted to add a little extra cushion for her little knees, and so these leggings also have additional KNEE PADS!
Rather than show all the steps for making the whole legging, here's a link to Ashley's Legging Tutorial from Make It and Love It to use for the majority of the project, and I'll just show you how I added the knee pads.
ADDING KNEE PADS
Before you sew anything, you'll attach the knee pads to the open leg pieces.
Cut 2 ovals of the coordinating fabric and 2 slightly smaller ovals of your pad or filling.
For the "pad" or filling of my knee pads I used a thicker fluffy fleece scrap I had.
With each leg open, you'll sew your knee pad on the front half, 3 to 4 inches down from the point of the crotch curve, and about 1/4 in from the edge.
I layered the white pad fleece, then the knit top and sewed around the oval with 1/4" seam allowance.
Then you construct the rest of your leggings the same way as a regular pair of leggings.
Depending on my leggings, sometimes I used the same fabric for the knee pads, and other times I choose a contrasting knit to make them stand out.
Sewing around with the 1/4" seam allowance leaves a raw edge around the knee pad, which is why I used knit so it won't fray.
It adds a little cushion without being too bulky on the leggings.
I also did make 2 pair before I thought of the knee pad idea.
I hope it makes it a little easier crawling around on wood floors!
These leggings have been great with her summer dresses, that we can still get use out of layering a long sleeve tee under the top and having leggings for the bottom!
Quick, easy, and these will save a lot of money as opposed to buying leggings.
It always kills me to spend even $4.00 on a baby pair of leggings that cost $.50 or less to make.
I upcycled some t-shirts for most of these leggings.