Time for a little fun sewing. Mixed in with some stash busting.
While on our last camping trip I realized, as I was taking pictures, that River was roaming around the campground in his pajamas. I have no problem with that, at all, but thought he might appreciate some comfy flannel sleep "pants" rather than knit "legging looking" bottoms to do his exploring in.
I have quite a bit of flannel hanging out on my shelves. It's not a fabric I use for ties so it tends to just sit there. Time to dig on in and make a dent in it.
I did consider making pants for some of the other kids, but River is the only one little enough to wear a pair of pants squeezed out of just one yard of fabric, which is what I had of these.
I do have some fun girlier flannel in 2 yard pieces that I make make into pants for Mia.
I didn't use a pattern for these pants Instead I simply traced a pair of pajama pants he already owned, adding an inch or so to the top, bottom, and sides, to allow room for the seams and room for him to grow.
I opted to not put pockets in these pants. In hindsight I think pockets would have been a good idea - this boy, like every boy, always has a pocket full of treasure.
I added a coordinating fabric to the hem of one pair of pants, just to add a little character and fun to them.
To put the pants together I sewed the front and back crotch seams, then the inside leg seam (one long continuous seam), the pant hems, and finished with the waistband.
I don't have a serger (I wish!) so I sewed the pants with french seams.
Total sewing time for the two pairs of pants: About an hour.
These pants will be great for camping, perfect for evening s'more sessions, late night trips to the potty, and morning exploration adventures.