never worn Thai fisherman’s pants before, you are in for a treat.I was first introduced to them while
attending university and fell in love.Thai
fisherman’s pants are comfy enough to lounge around in with the freedom of
movement usually reserved for gi pants (karate pants), and funky enough that you look like you
made an effort.
I realized that Evening was going to need some more summer pants, I wanted her
to have a pair of my favourite comfy pants too. I busted out the measuring tape and started
figuring it out.This pattern is for
toddlers, but don’t worry, you can find an adult pattern here.
pattern and these pants are forgiving, but I don’t recommend you make these
pants out of a knit fabric.I’m actually
using some upcycled linen from an old couch cover! An old sheet would be perfect for this project too.
pattern should fit most kids from 1-2.5 years old (gasp! they'll fit for more than a month!) as the hips don’t widen too much
in those years.I’ll tell you where to
adjust the pants for your child’s inseam length, but the pants look nice
cropped as well so use your own judgement!
start, gather up some paper, a ruler, and a pencil to draw up the pattern pieces.This pattern has three pieces altogether.
second piece is the pant legs, which look something like a fat capital T.Measure and mark 54 cm across the top of your
T.On both sides, mark out 12 cm
straight down, and then another 23.5 cm (this measurement is the inseam plus 2.5 cm seam allowance – sub here to fit your
child).Returning to where you marked
12 cm, cut out a curved 5 cm by 23.5 cm (or inseam)
rectangle from either side so that your T looks like this:
(you can click on this photo to enlarge it)
it best to draw one curve and cut it out then fold the paper over and trace the
first one.A good match means the pant
pieces will fit together well.
of these from your fabric.
third piece is the tie, simply a long strip 2 cm by 90 cm long.You’ll need to cut 1 from your fabric.
want to add a graphic to your pant leg as I did, now is the time to do
I used a
silhouette of children playing dress up that I found on the Graphics Fairy’s
blog.You can find it here.
adorable silhouette I added to Evening's pants
are a lot of different methods to apply graphics to fabric, but we’re pretty
low tech around here.I printed off the
picture and taped it to our window.Then
I taped the pant leg over it and traced the image onto the fabric using a
frixion pen.Next I coloured it in
using a non-toxic, black “Stained” fabric marker.
super-technical way of adding graphic (patent pending)
that is setting, take your two top panels and placing right sides together (if
applicable) and stitch along both shorter edges so that you make a tube.Hem one long edge of the tube.Turn right side out and set aside.
the two leg pieces and place right sides together.Stitch along the 12 cm seam on each side and
open so that these seams fall in the middle.Beginning at the bottom of one pant leg, stitch up and around the curve
of the crotch, and down the other leg.Turn
right side out.
the pants inside the tube made by the top panel, lining up the tops of both
pieces.Making sure that both are turned right side out, stitch around the
stitch around your tie piece, leaving one end open.Using a chopstick/pencil/what-have-you turn the
piece right side out.Iron flat and
stitch open end closed.
top panel of the pants up and stitch the middle of the tie onto the rear of the
pants, about 8 cm above the back seam.
potty training purposes, you might want to add a few snaps or a button to the
tie so your little one doesn’t have too much trouble.
wait!How do you wear these huge
bit different from our regular pants – first put your tot into the pants,
pulling that top panel up and tying the tie (or snapping or buttoning) around
the waist.Then allow the top part to
tumble over the tie – there you are, ready for some fishing!
pull panel up and fasten tie around belly
you like these pants as much as we do!Evening really appreciates the new freedom she has for climbing…
have any questions or if any parts need clarification, leave me a message so I
can help.And of course, we’d love to
see some photos if you try this out!
my friend Cathy’s play-dough recipe on my fridge since she posted it on
facebook when I was pregnant.
had a baby and forgot all about it until another friend asked me the other day
if I knew a decent play-dough recipe.Since
then I’ve been waiting for a good time to try it out.
specifically, I was waiting until Evening got bored. Bored toddlers tend to be rather cranky.
was that day.I retrieved the recipe
from the fridge and dove in.
Cathy’s Favourite Play-Dough Recipe
1 cup white flour ½ cup salt 2 tbsp cream of
tartar(Wha???It’s in the spice aisle) 1 tbsp oil 1 cup water Food colouring
Mix the first four ingredients in a pan, and
then add the water.Mix well.Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly,
for 3-5 minutes.
Dough will become hard to stir and start to
form a clump.
it sure will
Remove from stove and knead for 5
minutes.This is the time to add your
food colouring.I found it easiest to form
a ‘bowl’ and drip in the colouring.For
our play-dough, I separated the batch into four quarters and kneaded them all separately. \
making a bowl for the food colouring
Will keep for a long time in a sealed
set out the play-dough on our scratchy old play table and waited for Evening to
poked at the strange balls, recoiling sharply as her little finger dented
them.A crease appeared on her brow and
she reached out a hand again, cautiously, gingerly touching them.She looked up at me curiously and bravely
tried to pick up a ball of yellow play-dough.
she had determined these strange soft balls to be safe, I joined her in making
different shapes and whatnots.Most of
which she immediately grabbed to investigate and a growing mound of my broken
creations piled up on her side of the table.
mystical pull of the play-dough soon pulled her daddy in too. It was then a
play-dough family event as we re-discovered the fun of play-dough and showed
her our mad skills and advanced tricks, like making spaghetti, cups, and
was less than impressed, and decided it was far more fun to drop the play-dough
on the ground and laugh at the ‘thunking’ noise it made.
tried it, and she was right – it was more fun!)
There comes a time in every cloth diapering
mummy’s life that she can use some more diaper inserts.Maybe the dryer ate some, or an eagle flew
away with a few from your clothesline to line their nest with. Maybe they got left at Grandma’s house.Maybe great great great granny stole them to use
with her adult cloth diaper.I don’t
know.Whatever the case, looking into
buying extra inserts can be crazy expensive and the quality can be questionable
buy them.You can make them with the bare
minimum of sewing skills and time, trust me.Here’s
going to need:
an old towel or two (any colour, any condition – this is
absorbing feces and urine after all)
current diaper insert to use
as a pattern OR just measure out a rectangle 38 cm x 14.5 cm (14.75" x 5.5") and round off the corners to use as your pattern (this should fit most one-size pocket diapers based on
needle or sewing machine.
to hand-stitch but I do recommend using a sewing machine for this project.
and cut out as many diaper insert pieces as you can from your towel.If you want to make a newborn diaper one
layer will suffice, but any child older than that you’ll need to layer two
pieces together (so you want to end up with an even number).
using an existing insert as a pattern piece
layers together if need be, and set your sewing machine to the zig zag
stitch.All you want to do is run along
the edge of your layers to keep them fraying away during frequent
use a zigzig stitch to keep the edges from fraying
it – you’ve just made yourself a diaper insert, recycled a towel, saved
yourself some cash, and gave yourself a bit more time before your next load of
diapers.You’re so amazing!
the measurements provided above have served me well with several different brands of one
size pocket diapers but please use
your judgement with your particular diaper brand.