Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Baby Leggings with knee pads


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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.

13 comments:

  1. You could add some puffy paint to the knee pads to make them non-skid knee pads. :)

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  2. I love them! But we are going into summer here and I have a baby the same age so wrong season! I am sure I can find a baby to make some for though!

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  3. LOVE the knee pads. Perfect touch!

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  4. Genius. My little guy's crawling too and I always wonder when he'll wear a hole in his pants.

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  5. very cute. I wish I had clothes I needed to upcycle. Its so hard to find cute knit around here

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  6. I had a spring baby too, but didn't ever see the idea for knee pads until he was already walking! (And of course I didn't think to on my own, d'oh!) I still think they look cute, and he does tend to fall on the sidewalk when he gets running too fast, so I think I am still going to make him some!

    Your daughter's pants are very cute... as is she!

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  7. These are perfect. Once again, I'm blown away by the sheer volume that comes out from under your sewing machine! You are a rockstar.

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  8. I showed the Family and Consumer Science (Home Economics) teacher these leggings and the Jeggings and she's totally in love with them and is going to share them with the students!

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  10. Too bad adults can't wear these. Haha. I'm a bit clumsy and wish I had some for when I fall while running :)

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