|Yes, those are 101 Dalmatians frolicking on both the snow pants & mittens!|
Today's Part 1 is an updated version of my popular DIY Insulated Snow Pants. These babies are great because they are just as warm as the ultra pricey brands and you can customize your own color combos.
And did I mention they can be made in less than an hour??
- 1yd Anti-pill or Micro Fleece, which makes a cuddly, hardwearing lining.
- 1 yd Thermal Batting aka Insulating Lining, (traditionally used for making hot pads). It's needle pricked with silvery mylar to add the critical insulate so the warmth stays in & cold stays out.
- 1 yd PUL (polyurethane laminate), a laminated polyester traditional used for making cloth diapers - ideal because it's waterproof and lightweight.
- 1 yd One inch wide non-roll elastic, which resists rolling & twisting to keep cuffs and waistband in place
- Pattern for pajama or loose fitting elastic waist pants*
- Sewing Notions (measuring tape, rotary cutter/shears, safety pin, pins, sewing machine)
*1 yd is enough to make up to about 10yr old sizing. If you want to make a lot smaller or larger, follow your pattern's yardage guide & adjust accordingly.
All these materials can be found at most chain fabric stores - using coupons can make them very affordable. Personally, I find the best selection of fleece and PUL prints & colors is online, look for diaper sewing shops to find some cute and unique designs.
The pants pattern I used had a single piece for each leg. If yours has 2 (a front & back), just overlap the side seams by the amount of the seam allowance to make a single leg piece - it saves time! Since these will be going over regular clothing, choose one size up from the pant size usually worn on the sides of the pattern for the best fit (leaving waist & length the usual size). Cut folded fabric so there are two pieces of each of the thermal batting, fleece and PUL:
Now layer a piece of thermal batting over the wrong side of the PUL:
Fold with the right sides of the PUL facing and stitch down the side. Trim the seam allowance and repeat on other leg:
Turn one leg right side out and insert into the other leg so the crotch areas are lined up. Pin together and then stitch. Trimming seam allowance again.
Repeat with other leg and again using just the fleece to make lining. I also sewed a tag onto the inner backside of the lining at this point so it's easy to know which way is back.
Pull the lining out and it should look like this:
Now stuff lining into the outer pants and stitch waistbands together 1.25 inches from the top seam to form the waistband casing:
Sew ends of elastic together and sew gap in fabric closed. I did this by hand with a slipstitch:
For a firmer, more gathered cuff, fold the raw edges of the cuffs inward .5 inches and pin:
Pull them on and they're ready for the snow. And they total rival the high end brands that cost $50+ in terms of warmth & keeping wetness out.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the tutorial later this week. I'll share how to make some matching insulated mittens for keeping hands warm using the scraps leftover after making these pants. UPDATE: Click HERE for the FREE mitten pattern & how-to.
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