Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kids Camo Pants

Last week our family spent the week camping and hunting.  My husband is a HUGE hunter and camouflage clothes are a must for our family.  However they don't come cheap, especially for the kids who only use them a couple times a year and grow out of them quickly.  We had plenty of camo hand-me-downs for the little two, but the older two kids did not have any pants.

I have recently become a yard-saler and found four pair of men's camo pants for $0.50 each.  Two of them fit me, but two of them were to small. 

What did I do?  Made them into some pants for my kids.

I have never done this before but it ended up being really easy, since you use a lot of existing seams.

First I cut them open along the inside seam of the pants.

Then I laid a pair of my son's pants on top to use as guide. I made sure they were a little long so that they will last longer. Also make sure you leave a little extra for seam allowances.

Then using the pants as a guide I cut out the leg.  

Using your first leg as a pattern, cut out the other leg. (Make sure right sides are together)

It's time to start sewing. With your two pant pieces, right sides together, sew the front seam.

Then the back.  See the pocket - it looks kind of goofy, but their shirts cover them and the pants are just going to get dirty and ruined anyway.

Turn the pants so that they resemble pants.

Starting at the bottom of one leg sew in one continuous seam all the way to the bottom of the other leg.

To prevent fraying, zigzag or surge along all seams.

Now it's time for the waistband. Fold over the top 1/4 inch or so then fold over another inch. Press and sew all the way around leaving a 2 inch gap in the back.  Measure your kiddo's waist and cut your elastic.  Pin a large safety pin on one end of your elastic and push it through. Sew elastic together.  At this point, try them on your child.  I ended up having adjust the elastic to make it smaller for both of the kids. Then sew up the hole.

Here they are all finished. 


  1. OK we have to learn how to make a top!


  2. I did something similar,but for my toddler and I used pajama elastic and without making a casing sewing the elastic directly to the inside.
    Nice job on the pants!

  3. It's great to be able to recycle / upcycle!!! For 50cents and a little work, you've got a bargain.

  4. Clever way to make a pair of camo pants inexpensively! They look great.

  5. Hi Rachel, I've featured your Camo Pants today...