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Making Children's Pants Last

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Kids not only grow out of pants quickly but they can be hard on clothes as well. This is a guide about making children's pants last.


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May 7, 2010

I suppose I am the "frugalist" gramma ever and my daughter-in-law is the "frugalist" mommy. When my granddaughter was a crawl around baby, I made her a pair of denim pants with elastic in the waist - no decoration, just little denim pants. I made a deep hem and turned up a cuff to let down as she grew taller.

As she grew, her mom let the cuff down. Then when she was a toddler, I took them home and let the hem out and put red rick rack on the fade line from the hem. Instead of hemming them again I stitched some white cotton ruffle on the bottom. I saw my granddaughter wearing them in the back yard when she was six.

Now for the funny part: my daughter-in-law took a bunch of old play out clothes to a resale shop and they only accepted those pants.

By Marty Dick from Houston, TX

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I love this story! What an awesome display of frugality! :)

Reminds me of a time when my oldest child was a toddler. I bought a dressy sweater and pants outfit at a thrift store for $3.00 It looked new. He wore it til he outgrew it then I sold it on eBay. The winning bid was about $28.00!

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To bad you didn't have a picture to post of those pants. I would have loved to see them.

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May 7, 20100 found this helpful

Yes, i am one of those grandma's too. Fixed a whole in the knee from the inside, then my patches get creative. Took grosgrain ribbon and wove 2 colors back and forth like the paper weave. Finally stitch the edge on the repaired pants. Also have used lace doily hearts, other shapes, and put over repairs.


Lengthening pants--add a couple rows of fringe, lace, etc. I sew pants also with the false hem to be let down a couple times. First a cuff, then a full leg. One thing, with a pair of fashion boots, the length of the leg did not matter, girls were in style with capri length and boots.

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May 7, 20100 found this helpful

Got the best chuckle out of your story. From another frugal grandmother.

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