Treasure Pocket Pants

Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe

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I’m excited to share my latest attempt at a sewing project from Sewing for Boysthe Treasure Pocket Pants!


This was begun just before I landed on bed rest and it taunted me in it’s pile of pieces on the sewing table throughout the duration of my time down. Once I was cleared to get up I attacked it with a vengance as I really wanted Eli to have this pair of pants in time for Christmas. All told I spent about 3 weeks on it as it just takes me forever and many mishaps to sew up things according to other people’s instructions. I just keep reminding myself that it is all part of the learning process. And I did learn a lot… including how to make a faux fly!

Treasure Pocket Pants side panel 1

The side panels are pieced together from old t-shirts and other articles of clothing I had been saving exactly for this purpose for quite some time. To avoid having the knit fabric stretch too much during assembly I backed the assembled panels with muslin.


I hit a bit of a wall during the construction of these pants in that the pattern pieces for the side panel above the pocket and the rest of the side panel were different widths. I measured and remeasured and wondered how I could be messing up so royally and yet be unable to find my error. I was very pleased to discover that I was not at all at fault (for once!) and that there has since been published a corrected pattern piece that can be downloaded and printed off the web. ( updatesanderrata/)

Eli in Treasure Pocket Pants Christmas Day

In addition to the side panels, all the other fabric used to make these pants was reclaimed from old clothing as well. I really like that this one pair of pants helped make a bit of a dent in my stash of fabric for repurposing.


This was featured!
A Jennuine Life Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays Feature
Here’s where I’m linking up:


I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo Toesjembellish clothes upcycling page,

Blissful and Domestic,


Skip to My LouThe Gunny SackSew Can DoKeeping It Simple An Original Belle,

I Should be Mopping the FloorThe Dedicated House ,

A Round Tuit,  C.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet home,

Craft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Sarahndipities The Cure for the Common Monday


Not Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot GiraffeKammy’s Korner,

Home Stories A to Z,  Crafty Confessions, Homemade Tuesday,  Today’s Assignment,

Antiprocrastination TuesdayTake-a-Look Tuesday,  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday,

The Creative Itch BoutiqueSchwin and SchwinHeart and Soul Blog Hop


Sew Much AdoFrugally Sustainable,  Lil’ LunaSomeday CraftsWhimsy

WednesdayWhatcha Work Up Wednesday


Mom On TimeoutThrifty DecoratingBear Rabbit BearThriving on Thursdays

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek CottageHouse of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful OrderAnything Goes Linky Party, A Jennuine Life,


Simply DesigningWhipperberry,  Happy Hour Projects

Joyful StamperMaking Lemonade BlogThirty Handmade Days,

Naptime CraftersRomantic HomeFinding Fabulous, Diana Rambles,

Shabby NestFrench Country Cottage, The Charm of HomeThe Grant Life,

At the Picket FenceFingerprints on the Fridge, One Artsy Mama,


The Gingerbread BlogToo Much Time On My HandsHello Weekend,

Six Sisters StuffSerenity YouBe Different Act Normal


  1. Pam said,

    December 30, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Your Treasure Pocket Pants look fabulous!!! I really love the side panels you’ve pieced from pre-loved clothing.

  2. redheadedstitcher said,

    December 30, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Thanks for the like!

  3. dianaramblesdotcom said,

    December 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    These are so awesome! I’d love you to come link this up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

    • December 31, 2012 at 1:22 am

      All linked up! Thank you for the invite and your comment!

      • dianaramblesdotcom said,

        January 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm

        Thanks for linking up Karen! They are awesome!

  4. December 31, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Very cute idea! Love reclaiming old clothing and fabric. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Kat&Zefi said,

    December 31, 2012 at 7:35 am

    What a great repurposing project! I am sure Eli will find lots of treasures to store in the pockets!

  6. Becki said,

    December 31, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I love these! I made a quilt with old T-shirts just about two weeks ago! You should stop by and link these up tomorrow on Eco Kids!

  7. Inder said,

    December 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    They turned out AWESOME!! Well done! I love the patchwork sides.

  8. January 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Hi, Karen!!
    I found your blog at The Modest Mom, and I LOVE, LOVE these creative and fun little collection pants!! I am going to be bold here and ask that you would consider adding them to the link-up I will be having resuming on Jan 9 (Wednesday). I would like to feature this post, and this is the kind of thing I desire more of to encourage Moms!! Lovely!

    • January 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Thank you SO much! I would love to link up with you on the 9th. I really appreciate your kind words. I’m heading over to check out your blog now. 🙂

  9. January 1, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Oops!! I saw it at An Original Belle!! Haha~

  10. January 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    My little boy would LOOOOOVE these! He only wears pants with lots of pockets because he has so much to put in them. 🙂

  11. Vikki said,

    January 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Grandson would love these! Love your blog! I would love for you to visit my linky party going on now at

    Have a great day!

  12. January 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Those pants are just gorgeous Karen! Great work!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. January 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts. You were featured today! –

  14. January 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

    These are seriously cute and amazing and a great reuse of shirts! I would love for you to come link up at my new weekly linky party Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. I’m working with a couple of bigger bloggers to feature great projects, so I’m hoping to bring fabulous exposure for participants!

    Jenn – A Jennuine Life

  15. Maysem said,

    January 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Oh I so love these pants… they are oh so cool!! I hate when patterns have errors in them… drives me crazy!

  16. January 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

    These cute pants were featured! Grab a button if you’d like!

    Jenn – A Jennuine Life

  17. Sherry said,

    January 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Very cute! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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