Here is the final tutorial and PDF pattern for the complete Touchdown Gear series. This post was originally shared over at Sew Dang Cute Crafts as part of Tam’s maternity leave July Jamboree series.
But let’s get started on the pants. They are super easy, especially if you’ve made bottoms before. I just am a very visual person, and I take a ton of pictures when I do my tutorials, because that’s what I like when I’m following others’ instructions.
To begin, you’re going to need:
-A pair of pants that currently fit your football player (or you can get a PDF for a size 3T at HERE)
-Knit cotton jersey (for a 3T I used 1/2 yard)
-Grosgrain ribbon in your choice of colors
-1-inch braided elastic
-1/4-inch braided elastic
Fold the pants so that the butt forms a nice little point in the back, like so (if you’re using the PDF, you can skip this part).
Trace the outline of the pants, plus 1/2-inch seam allowance, along the folded edge of the jersey knit. **I ended up cutting off the bottom part of the pants a few inches, to be shorter and more like a real football uniform**
Cut out and use that piece as the pattern for the other leg, tracing and cutting on the fold
Find the center line of the open leg piece. And trace two parallel lines, one on each side of that center lineLay your ribbon out along these lines. You can either pin or use washable school-quality glue stick to keep the ribbon in place
And sew that ribbon down either side of the center lineI used contrasting thread to really stand out and add more detailNow fold the be-ribboned legs back along that center line, right sides facingAnd sew up the open side seam to the pokey-outey butt part. If you’re using a knit jersey, you’ll want to use a stretch stitch and/or a walking foot if you have one. Or use a serger. But at the very least, use the stretch stitch. I have some basic info on sewing with knits HERE.Repeat for second leg. Then turn one leg right side out, leaving the other wrong side out.Place one leg inside of the other, right sides together, matching all seamsAnd sew along from one end, down around the curve, to the other end. Leave the top open and unsewnTurn the pants wrong side out. Fold the leg cuffs up one inchAnd hem the pants with a stretch stitch, leaving a 1-inch opening at the inside seam,Cut a piece of 1/4-inch elastic one inch smaller than the circumference of the cuffed leg. Attach a safety pin and insert the elastic through the open seam gap.When you’ve pulled the elastic nearly all the way through, grab both ends of the elasticAnd stitch together.Being careful to not catch the enclosed elastic, stitch the open gap closed.Then repeat nearly the same thing for the waist. Cut the 1-inch elastic one inch smaller than the football player’s waist. Fold the waist over 2 inches. Sew the waist closed except for a 2-inch gap at the back seamAnd thread that elastic through. Sew ends of elastic. Sew gap closed.And you’ll have these!
Toss them to the nearest All Star, stand back, and cheer them on to the end zone!