This button loop tutorial is used for the Wiksten Iris Pullover, but is a great technique for adding afterthought button loops to any knitting - the front of a kid's cardigan, the end of a flip-top mitten, the edges of a buttoned scarf. It can be made to accommodate any size button, and is also an opportunity for a little hit of contrast yarn if you so choose.
Adding lining to a pair of pants is a great way to keep kids warm and cozy for cold weather, and an added bonus is that it makes the pants reversible because the inside will be beautiful. You won’t have to finish your seams because you won’t see the seam allowance at all! It’s so simple to do, and I’ll show you how.
See-through ruler, seam gauge, scissors, and pins.
You’ll also need some lining material, following the yardage listed on the pattern. Cotton flannel is a good choice because it’s so soft and comfy. In addition, you’ll need all the supplies listed on the back of the pattern.
Cut out the lining exactly as you would cut out the pants, referring to the pattern instructions. After both lining and pants are cut out, use a ruler to measure and a pen to mark the hem allowance (1 ½”) at the waist of the lining pieces ONLY.
Cut off the 1 ½” hem allowance at the waist of the lining pieces ONLY.
Mark the hem allowance (3/4”) of the pant ankles on the lining pieces ONLY.
Cut off the ¾” hem allowance of the pant ankles on the lining pieces ONLY.
Unlike in the instructions, you won’t be using French seams to sew the pants together, so disregard the seams section in the pattern instructions. Pin pants front to back RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER along side seams and inner leg seam. Sew with ½” seams. Press seams open. Clip seam allowance every inch or so around inner leg curve. Repeat with pants lining.
With pants still inside out, press waist and ankle hems under as written in the pattern instructions. Do NOT attempt to press the hems of the lining, since you’ve already cut them off.
Turn the pants lining right side out. With the main fabric pants still inside out, slip the pants inside the lining so that wrong sides are touching. Unfold the pant hems. The raw edges of the lining should fit right into the creases you pressed in the last step.
Refold the waist and ankle hems over the raw eges of the lining and pin in place. Follow the pattern instructions for edgestitching the hems and inserting elastic into the waistband.
All done! Now your kids be comfy AND warm while climbing all over your furniture.