Okay, this is the real deal. In this post, I'm going to show you how to make 6 pairs of potty training pants in under 2 hours. But don't get your expectations too high as some humans have made perfect rockets able to fly them to the moon and back none has made absolute perfect potty training pants. Yes, you can say potty training pants are harder than rocket to make. Also attempting this project means to commit two "crimes" in sewing. Why?
These pants are good for awake playing time, not good for napping or night time, or long sitting time or babies whose moms/dads didn't know when their toddler has gone potty in pants unless they saw a river flowing in their living room or "peanut butter" on the carpet. That's why these pants get only 4.8 out of 5 rating by me, of course I'm biased.
After all that being said, if you are still with me, let's get started.
Things you need:
1. Gerber cloth potty training pants (If you are trying to qualify for the free shipping on Amazon or you already have free shipping membership on Amazon, throw these in your cart. Otherwise, I find my in Walmart super store just outside my door.)
2. Sewing machine (I have Singer 7470 since 2008 and it has been a good enough horse for me to recommend it.)
3. Sewing machine needle for knit fabric
4. Waterproof PUL fabric
5. Pattern tracing paper/cloth, scissors, thread, pen, etc.
Steps to take:
1. Lay the pattern tracing cloth on top of pants front and back, stretch the pants and pin it to the pants, mark around the wet zone. Tip 1: For girls, the wet zone doesn't have to go all the way up to the front waist, but for boys who carry a weapon that shoots and sprays, make sure the wet zone on the front come all the way to front waist.
2. Remove the pins and pattern tracing cloth, cut along the marking, there you have your wet zone patch pattern. Lay it on waterproof PUL fabric and cut along the pattern edges, there you have the wet zone PUL patch. Tip 2: Cut only one wet zone patch for one pair of pants for now.
3. Stretch the pants and pin the wet zone PUL patch to it. Stitch it to the pants. Tip 3: Use the smallest sewing machine needle for knit fabric. Tip 4: Your sewing machine must have a stretch stitch pattern and make sure use it at least on front and back horizontal stitching area and stretch the pants by hand at the same time you stitch. Straight stitch pattern and zigzag stitch pattern on your sewing machine are for woven fabric and they break or unravel easily on stretch knit clothes. Please see the photo below to visualize what I mean. A reminder is that my Singer 7470 does have stetch stitch pattern that's the best for knit clothes.
4. Try the pants on your child to see if the wet zone patch pattern needs modification. If yes, modify it and repeat the above steps, if not, cut the remaining PUL wet zone patches and repeat the above steps for the remaining pairs of pants.
Sounds not complicated? But it's not a project for completely newbie for 3 reasons:
First, clothes with applique/patch, the applique/patch is applied before the clothes are put together. Doing it backward in my words is committing a "crime" in sewing, you'd better be a "criminal" with some experience.
Second, applying non-stretch PUL fabric to a cotton knit (stretch) fabric in my words is committing a "crime" in sewing again, it's a bit tricky.
Third, the pants are tiny to work with and have curved areas (leg openings) which require sewing slowly and pivoting hand wheel at times which are tricky for newbie.
But it's something I have done many times already. If I did it you can do it too if you're not a completely newbie. Go for it and have fun. If you have better things to do than sitting in front of a sewing machine, then head over to my ETSY shop and grab the already made ones for your kids beginning or in potty training stage.
Please leave your comments or new tips and discoveries.