Monday, October 19, 2009

Little Cowboy Chaps

I've been getting a lot of hits lately on my kids' halloween costumes from years past. So this year I'd thought I'd show how I made some of what my kids will be wearing. Hopefully I'll have a holster tutorial up in a day or two...

A simple little tutorial for making simple little chaps for a cowboy costume.
You'll need:

-A pair of your child's pants that currently fit
-Measuring tape
-Freezer paper, wax paper, or just something to make a pattern with.
-1-inch wide elastic
-leather/suade-like material
-sissors (regular and fabric)
-a crayon

1. Fold the pants in half length-wise and lay on the paper. Use the crayon to trace, apx 1 inch out, around the folded pants. I used a crayon because if I slipped and somehow hit the pants, it wouldn't leave a mark. At least not a permenant one.

2. Remove the pants and cut the pattern out. After pattern is cut out, mark a rounded section from the top "butt" corner to the lower "butt" angle of the pattern, as seen in the lower right of the picture. Cut this section out of the pattern.

3. Lay the pattern on the fabric and cut two on the fold.
4. On each leg sew from the lower "butt" angle to the ankle, right sides together.
5. Hem all along all raw edges, double folding under for a finished edge. Put aside.

6. Measure your child's hips OVER their pants (unless you plan on sending them out David Lee Roth-style...)

7. Cut a strip of fabric roughly 1.5 times the size of the measurement and 2.5 inches wide.

8. With right sides together sew the long edge of the fabric, leaving ends open, making a long tube.

9. Turn tube right side out.

10. Cut strip of 1-inch wide elastic aproximatley one inch shorter than child's hip measurement. Run elastic through tube, using a safety pin to aid in giding it through. Be sure to secure other end of elastic, so that you don't pull the other end into the fabric. You need both ends of elastic on either side of the tube free of fabric.

11. Zig-zag stitch both ends of elastic together.

12. Pull one end of fabric tube up and over the other end of fabric tube, encasing all of elastic. Fold the raw edge under and straight-stitch close.

13. With right sides together, stitch top of legs to the newly-formed waist band, catching only the fabric and not the elastic.

And that's it.

Now, if you want to add a fancy-shmancy gold buckle...
You'll need

- a small amount of gold-metailic fabric
-fleece or other stabilizer.
-embroidery thread
-embroidery needle
1. Trace an oval shape on the backside of metallic fabric, cut out two.

2. Cut out two ovals out of the fleece or stablizer.

3. Sandwhich the fabrics as follows:
metallic, metallic (right sides togther), stablizer, stablizer

4. Sew together, leaving a small opening to allow for turning.

5. Turn so metallic right sides are facing out. Turn opening raw edges under and top stitch all around the "buckle".

6. Using the embroidery floss, decorate the buckle with your child's name or whatever.

7. Sew or otherwise attach buckle to front of chaps, along waist band, between legs.
(I used snaps for mine, so that I could switch the buckles out when the next boy moves into them.)

You could embelish the chaps before sewing them with patterns, fringe, whatever. My son insisted that he wanted NOTHING on his, so whatever. I'll probably add at least fringe to the baby's, but didn't think about it until his were done.


Reno said...


Kim -today's creative blog said...

Love the belt buckle! I had a darling chaps outfit made for my guy when he was 4.....since I don't sew. I still have it. So dang cute!

Sarah said...

Those are fantastic! It is so fun seeing crafts made for boys . . . there aren't that many of them around! :)


Cecelia---Sis---Mom said...

How cute are those? Gosh, I wish I could sew. Of course my boys are 10 and 15 now, so I don't think they would wear chaps. LOL

I am enjoying your blog very much.


ann said...

Thanks a ton!!! One of my little guys has been so very patient with me....he's wanted chaps for so long, but I always put it off because I didn't have a pattern. Well, 1:30 am, October 31 dawned, and I happened upon your blog. By 2:10am, I was finished with the chaps!!!!I modified it a bit to include fringe, running a cowboy belt through, etc., but I NEVER would have even gotten started if it weren't for your great blog! Now I'm sure my other little guy will want a pair as well, but that is going to have to wait until morning. By the way, enjoy your children...they grow up SOOO fast. We've got 8 ranging from 21 to 4, and you wouldn't believe how fast time has flown. God bless.

Anne Hamilton said...

You saved the day! Thanks so much for your tutorial! I just posted pictures of my finished product on my blog!

Andrea said...

These are so cute! I hope you'll link these up to the Costume Tutorial link up this week at!

Wynn said...

This is just what I was looking for. My son's birthday party is in 3 wks and we are doing a cowboy theme. This is going to complete his outfit. Thanks

shantel said...

I love how cute this is!
I am featuring it on my blog today!

Lisa H. (Sewing or Something) said...

My hero! I need this for my son's halloween costume this year! About to search for your holster I hope its up!

Hobbyaholic (April) said...

Never to late to stumble on a great thing.. Right on time for my little buckeroos. Off to whip up some right now. *wish me luck*

TheCostumeQueen said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! I am costuming a production of "A Christmas Story" at our community theater. I need a couple of sets of chaps that wouldn't bust the budget or take forever to make. These fit the bill!

Dirk said...

A simple little tutorial for making simple little chaps for a cowboy ...

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