Thursday, December 29, 2011

{Toddler} Pants Fall Down??...Fix 'Em...SUPER FAST and EASY!

My son is skinny and his pants don't stay up (unless they're the ones with the adjustable waist!) So...when his birthday (and Christmas) came...and he got LOTS of much-needed new pants to wear...I was thrilled!! But...when we put them on...they all fell down.

Now...I LOVE to sew...but I do NOT love to mend/alter/fix clothing. So...I came up with a QUICK and SUPER-EASY way to keep his pants up!!


All you need is some 1" wide elastic (you could probably use 3/4" wide, too)!!


First...measure your child's waist (don't measure too tight!).

Second...cut the elastic 1" longer than the waist measurement (my son's waist measured 18" I cut a 19" piece of elastic.)

Form a circle with the elastic by overlapping one end on top of the other (with about an inch of overlap). Stitch the overlap in place by stitching a "square" around the edges {you may want to do a zigzag stitch at the edge so the elastic doesn't fray.} **I used black thread so it's visible for the pictures.**

Next, starting about an inch or two to one side of the sewn overlap, draw a line {using a regular pencil...or an erasable marker...doesn't matter too much}.

Draw 3 more lines - evenly dividing the elastic "circle" into fourths. {Fold the elastic in half, and fold it again to find the quarter marks.}
**See pic below {the sewn overlap part is facing to the right in the picture}**

Next...we sew.

Line up the line nearest the overlap even with the center back of the pants...and pin in place.

Sew over this line. ***Be sure to backstitch at the top and bottom!!!**
{***NOTE: If any of the seams are extra bulky,
you may need to sew a little to the right or left of the seam.***} the next line to one of the side seams...and sew in place.

Repeat the above steps to pin and sew the front seam...and then the remaining side seam.

All finished and ready to wear ~ WITHOUT FALLING DOWN!!


{'s easy to remove, if needed!!}

Click here to see the parties I linked up to!!


Anonymous said...

This is amazing and easy for someone that has a small waisted son and needs this! I am going to try this and I thank you!!!


Crafting Rebellion said...

Thanks for featuring my tins!

Michele Alger said...

So simple and yet i never thought of it! WTG!! I have such a problem with this with all my skinny kiddos! Now I can fix the problem ;)

Anonymous said...

This is brilliant! My son's drawer is full of pants that won't stay up. I keep hoping he'll get wider before he gets too tall, but now I will just do this so we can start putting them to use. Thank you!

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

This is awesome. My daughter is small for her age/clothing size so her pants are always drooping. What an easy fix.

I'd love for you to link up and share:

Rachael said...

My skinny little squirt has this problem. Great idea thanks.

simona said...

I suppose that's the easiest way to do it for kids. Belts can be complicated for little ones. And suspenders just don't seem to be that popular anymore although they're cute. Thanks for the tutorial!

Lisa said...

It's funny that you posted this because I was just googling this yesterday. I'm going to have to bookmark this for later. My poor son is skinny with really long legs (like mom) and has this problem!

Anne Maskell said...

Now that is a great idea! I love the idea that it isn't permanent, because we all know how fast kids grow.

Anonymous said...

there is a much easier way to do this which is also removable. You just pinch the waist band in two places and sew.It's best to do it just above each back pocket.

Anonymous said...

Also handy for growing kiddos. My step son grew 3 sizes in less than 6 months. This way you could buy a size up and just remove the elastic as they grow!

Anonymous said...

Very smart!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks this is a great idea my 3yr old is only 25lbs. we will be trying this.

Melissa @ twolittleredbobbins said...

What a great idea! My 4yr old is still a skinny bum at 15kgs so this is an awesome idea :)

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

This is a great tute!! TFS!! Stopping by from Sew Chatty linky party and your newest follower.

Here is what I shared this week:

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is so helpful! I am a mama of 8 and enjoy thrift shopping.... this "fix" will come in very handy. Thank you!

Linda said...

I have very little sewing experience and this worked like a charm for my grandson's pants. He is a skinny little one and now his pants stay up.
Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

I wish my mom would do that to my cousin's pants. His diaper is ALWAYS exposed and that bothers me a lot. How can I convince my mom to do that to his pants??? Any help would be appreciated!!! :)


Anonymous said...

what do you do if the pants have a button/snap and zipper?


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