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.
-A pair of your child's pants that currently fit
-Freezer paper, wax paper, or just something to make a pattern with.
-1-inch wide elastic
-sissors (regular and fabric)
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...
- a small amount of gold-metailic fabric
-fleece or other stabilizer.
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.