January 2, 2015

I thought I would share a little mini hudson pant variation tutorial with you guys today in preparation for the blog hop coming next week.  These pants were inspired by a pair that I saw from Gapkids that I also included in my ready to wear inspiration post last week.  It’s really easy to do and not only does it add a little extra style to the pants, but it also reinforces the knee area which is always the first to go on my kids clothing.  Here is the tutorial.

Step 1:

Cut out your pattern pieces as normal.  Cut out an additional piece for your front leg (one layer for each leg front) that is the same width of as the leg and is your desired height.  Mine is for a size 5T and is about 8 inches tall.  You can choose where you want it to be placed, but I started mine around the lengthen shorten line for the bottom so that it would hit around the knee.

Step 2:

Using a marking device that will wash out such as chalk, make horizontal lines parallel with the hem of the pants.  The markings below are 1 inch apart, but I ended up adding another line inbetween to make each line 1/2″ apart.  It’s up to you.

Step 3:

Stitch these lines through the one layer of fabric using a stitch that will stretch, not a normal straight stitch, otherwise the stitches may pop when your child bends their knee.  I used the stretch stitch on my machine, but I think that a zigzag out look really cool too. The thicker the stitch the more visible the design will be.

Step 4:

Place this piece of fabric with the stitching on top of your front leg piece so that the sides line up correctly.  Turn the top and bottom under by 1/4″. Press and pin in place.

Step 5:

Using a stretch stitch, sew along the folded edge at 1/8″.


Step 6:

Once you repeat for the other leg then sew up your mini hudson pants like normal according to the instructions and you are done!

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  • Reply Wanett January 2, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    So cool!! Can’t wait to try them out!

  • Reply Ginger January 2, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Whoa! What an awesome variation!

  • Reply Teri January 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    These are awesome. Luke has blown through the knees of three pairs of pants recently so anything I make him in the future needs to have the knees reinforced. Honestly, I’m down on the floor so much with my two guys that I should do this on my next pair of Hudsons!

  • Reply Heather January 2, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    So cute! I love the moto look!

  • Reply kristin January 2, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    oh yeah, these are super cute!!

  • Reply Kristi January 3, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    My kids could use a reinforced knee, and this is cuter than a plain old patch. Great idea!

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