Upcycled T-shirt into Toddler Ruffle Pants {Tutorial}

Jan 8, 2015 | Baby, Toddler & Children's Clothing, DIY & Crafts

Good Day fellow crafters,

Today I am super excited to share with you one of my favorite things to make for Ava. I saw this awesome idea on pinterest a while ago that made shirts into toddler pants, However, the tutorial’s pattern did not put into consideration of the graphics which resulted in patching them on the side leg. So my thought was…..why not fold the shirt differently so there’s no need for patching?? After finishing the pants, I just felt like it wasn’t enough, so I went through my remnant box and found some color matching fabric and cute lace then went to work on making ruffles!


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How cute right? This is such a great way to up cycle your husband’s old clothing! Nothing makes a papa more proud than seeing their little girl in an adorable but yet bad ass looking pair of pants. Ava’s might be more on the hardcore side since we are big motocross and extreme sports fans, but feel free to use hockey shirts, football, soccer….even fishing if that’s what you’re into. Your child will look adorable no matter what!

In my Flower Girl Dress Tutorial I offered a link to my Esty store, where you can choose to buy it instead of DIY. I am going to be offering the same thing with these pants. I love showing women how to make their own clothing and believe it should be free information to all but also realize that not everyone has a sewing machine/time/patience. So if you still want your daughter to look adorable I will have two options for you on Etsy!! Be sure to check out these two links >> Option 1: >> Option 2: .
For those of you who do have a sewing machine, Lets get started!

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Upcycled T-shirt into Toddler Ruffle Pants {Tutorial}


  • 1 man’s tshirt
  • lace*
  • matching fabric*
  • 3/4 wide elastic
  • pair of toddler wide(or thin) leg pants (for pattern)
  • index cards or paper (or even stabilizer)
  • scissors
  • safety pin
  • sewing machine
  • optional: serger

*see size/fabric chart below

Please note that these sizes are generic sizes so always measure your legs before cutting the lace, ruffles and elastic for the perfect fit.

**All waist pieces are 2″ by the length of the elastic plus 1.5″.
size lace (cut 2) fabric ruffles (LxW)(cut 2) elastic
6-12mo 10″ 2″ X 29” 17″
12-18mo 15″ 2″ X 30” 17.5″
2T 20″ 2″ X 30”  18″
3T 21″ 2″ X 31”  18.5″

I am not sure if Papa’s shirt is long enough to go any longer, but feel free to make ruffle shorts or capris!
4T 15” 2.5″ X 32” 19″
5T 15.5″ 2″ X 32” 19.5″
6T 16″ 2″ X 32.5” 20″
7T 16.5″ 2″ X 33” 20.5″
8T 17″ 2″ X 33.5” 21″


  1. I always like to iron my shirts just to make sure that we are getting an even cut.. Now fold your pants on top of shirt while the shirt is folded with the side seams in the middle.
  2. Cut 1/2” – 1” further from the pants around the crotch and legs and about 2” further for the waist length.
  3. Line up the crotch area and pin. Sewing a 1/3” – 2/3” seam allowance. Use the index card as the bottom layer, this assures that our knit won’t get caught up in the machine. You can just rip the index card off after serging* your ends off. (Have you sewn knits before?? Check out my quick tutorial on Youtube this coming Sunday!!)

4. Once finished unfold and refold connecting the legs this time. Pin and sew using the index card and a 1/3” – 2/3” seam allowance. Serge*.
Optional: Using a serger, create a rolled hem look on each long ends with a popping color. I chose black.

5. Now is the fun part, using a basting stitch, we are going to sew a straight line down the middle of our individual ruffle pieces. Be sure not to lock your stitches in at the ends and leave a long tail.

6. Once your two pieces have their basting stitches, gather them to the length of your pant legs 2-4 inches from pant leg openings.

7. Pin and sew 2-4 inches from pant leg openings being sure to evenly distribute the ruffles. When sewing the fabric, sew with index card is the bottom layer, the knit leg, then the fabric. sew over basting stitch then remove basting stitch if needed.

Although serging knits are not necessary, I always like to serge the inside of my clothing for durability and the boutique finished look!


Be sure to snap a photo & hashtag #omlivin during or after making this recipe! I would love to know how it turned out for you!


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What would you make your husband’s shirts into? Let me know in the comments down below!

See super simple! How does it look? What colors did you end up using? I would love to see pictures on Instagram or Google+, use the hashtag #omlivin so the Om Livin’ community can see! Feel free to post any questions or ideas on below in the comments or via social media as well! Be sure to come back on Thursdays for more thrifty tutorials! Or don’t forget that you can always subscribe to get weekly posts in your inbox! As always, thank you for reading today’s post, I hope this project fits well in your home & fills you with pride knowing that YOU were the one made it!

Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Ashleigh is a mother & wife who enjoys blogging in hopes to change this world for the better. Wanting to heal others inside-out as well as healing our planet Earth. Her passions include balancing the mind through meditation, knowledge & conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating, alternative medicine, & yoga, and the soul through up cycling, gardening, & sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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  1. lasy mact

    I thought it was going to be some boring old post, but it really compensated for my time. I will post a link to this page on my blog site. I am confident my visitors will come across that very useful

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      Glad you like them! They really are great for the little ones plus super addictive to make lol! Thanks for reading Nicole.

  2. Lindsey

    This is such a great idea! They turned out so cute, I’m gonna have to make some of these for my girls. Thanks for sharing with us at the Homestead Blog Hop! 🙂

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      Glad to share, its a great blog hop with awesome posts each week! 😀 Be sure to tag us if you take any pictures (that’s my favorite part of tutorials, is seeing the happy toddlers in their mommy’s creation!) Thanks for reading!!

  3. Michelle

    Are you serious??? These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen!! I HAVE to make these for my niece!!

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      Thank you Michelle!! These really are eye catching when out and about!! Be sure to post pictures on our Facebook or google+ pages if you make some! I am sure your niece will LOVE them!!



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