Kids outgrow their clothes so fast. But sometimes, they only outgrow certain areas of their clothes like the waistband, for example. No, pulling on the garters and hoping it will loosen up is not a good idea. You might just end up breaking it in the process. Let me show you how to easily fix those pesky old pajama waistband that just wouldn’t fit. And it’s quite easy too. All you need are the following:
- Pajamas (of course)
- Needles (regular needle or sewing machine needle)
- Tape measure
- Seam ripper
- Pin cushion
- A yard of garters (Yes, only a yard! And it will fit all of the pajamas you need to fix.)
And now, without further adieu, let’s get started with our first project. 🙂
- Start ripping those seams to remove the garters. Go on. Free those garters. Liberty!
- After liberating those garters, attach them to each other until you get one long line of garter. Yup. it was a short-lived freedom for those garters. You may opt to attach the extra 1 yard of garter now or later. It’s all up to you. If you’re still wondering what that extra garter is for, you’ll be using a portion of that as the old garters won’t be enough.
- Get another pair of pajamas that does fit. Get the measurement of the waistline (on one side of the pajamas) and use that as your guide. You can also measure the waist of your child directly. I only used this method because my baby is out gallivanting with his grandfather. So what’s a momma to do but improvise, right?
3-a. If you don’t have a tape measure, you can directly measure the waistband by placing the garter on the waist area.
- Now, measure the waistline you got from step #3 on the garter made from step #2. Don’t forget to mark it. By the way, add at least a centimeter on your measurement and mark that, as well.
- Starting from that extra 1 cm you added, fold the garter into two. You can pin it so it does not move when you cut it. Take note that there should be an extra centimeter on both ends. How else are you going to attach it to each other, right?
- Attach the two ends together. Make sure that the extra 1 cm on each side are overlapping with each other.
- Insert the garter from step #6 into the folds of the waistband. I find it easier to get the four ‘corners’ of the garter by folding it into four. Now, mark those ‘sides’ as A, B, C, and D. Do the same for the waistband and attach the garter. Make sure that the marks you made on the garter is properly aligned with the marks on the pajamas. For example, point A in the garter should be attached to point A on the waistband. You get the idea, right?
- After step #7, you will notice that the waistband of the pajamas loosely fits on the garter. You would need to pull on the garter while sewing. Don’t overdo the pulling, though. Pull just enough so that the garter and the waistband are aligned with each other. Plus, if I pull harder than normal, I might break something on my dad’s sewing machine and he’ll probably kill me for it. Yup! that’s his! Dad is a multifaceted person. Yes, he is.
- Alternatively, if you do not have a sewing machine, you can still do this by hand with a slight variance in the procedure. First, make a small fold about half a centimeter. This will keep the edge of the cloth from running. Second, make a bigger fold. Make sure that your garter will fit inside this fold. Secure with pins.
- You can now sew the waistband by hand but do make sure that you leave about 2 cm open for the garter.
- To easily insert the garter, attach it to a hairpin or safety pin. I know that what’s on the picture is neither of the two I mentioned…for a good reason…I couldn’t find any of those in the house. I know! No hairpin or safety pin to be found in the whole house! Amazing! But since I’m the make-it-work queen, I improvised, yet again, and used a paper clip–which was a real challenge. But, hey! Better than nothing, right?
- Insert the garter on one end of the waistband. Remember we left a 2 cm opening from step #10? Keep on inserting until you reach the other end of the opening on the waistband.
- Now, it’s time to attach the two ends of the garter together and finally sew the opening we made close.
- And here is our final result. Your baby can now wear his pajamas again.
There you go! Such a quick and easy hack so we don’t have to keep on buying new clothes for the kids. Just a friendly reminder from this momma, don’t throw anything away that can still otherwise be used. You can either adjust the size, transform it into something new or more modern, or just donate it. Throwing anything away is just such a waste.