Lovely Panties… from Old T-shirts! (plus: How to sew FOE on!)

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 Ok, this time I’m explaining you how to sew something “unmentionable”: your daughter’s panties (or undies, underwear, you name it!) 🙂
I know nobody would ever think to sew underwear… eeek, why? Is really simple and pure fun, believe me!
Plus, we’ll use something everybody has in his house: old T-shirts!
But, first things first!

What you’ll need:

– Old T-shirts for the main fabric, choose the colour you like most!
– Old White T-shirts for the inside tab, to avoid intimate skin irritations!
– FOE or Fold Over Elastic (for every pair of your Lovely Undies you’ll need about 1 mtr of it: 20 cm for front + 20 cm for back + 33 cm for each leg)
– for the Frugal Version you can substitute 40 cm of FOE with a 4mm flat elastic
– the Lovely Panties free pattern (size 4-5 yo). Seam Allowances of 1 cm are included (where you need them – you can see where they are because of the corresponding dashed sewing line)
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Let’s start printing and assembling the pattern (3 sheets of paper, print it without resizing! You can check the 1 inch square drawn in one of the sheets), then cut the pattern pieces and draw the outlines on a T-shirt, using a felt pen, trying to put it on the straight grain (you need to have the stretch side along the waistline, or you won’t be able to wear the Lovely Panties!).

I suggest to cut the tab once in the T-shirt you’ve chosed and one on the white knit.

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For a more frugal version, you can lay the front and back pattern on the t-shirt hem, so you’ll use it like an elastic case (already done!), to be filled with the 4mm elastic, cheaper than FOE.

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Now you can sew together the four knit pieces, laying them like in the pic (pay attention to the front sides):

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You have to roll both front and back and “sandwich” them between the two tabs, then sew!

Turn everything and magically a pair of panties will appear… more or less (with a lot of immagination an a dash of faith!)

Now, let’s put the elastic on! Two versions available here: the FOE and the Frugal! 

But let’s start with the FRUGAL one:

Take a 20 cm piece of 4mm height flat elastic and put it inside the casing, helping you with a safety pin, fixing it on both sides with anything you like (a pin or other… I prefer the clips…)

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Then sew (or serge) both ends of the back and front pieces, to fix elastics in place.

—FOE—

In the FOE version, you’ll sew on your elastic in two times, just to be sure a hole isn’t appearing the first time your daughter’s teacher help her on the toilet thing (blush)

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If you’re in hurry, you can try sewing it in one only time, folding it in half and sandwiching your t-shirt fabric inside but… I won’t do like this (again!)

I’ll show you how to sew on a Fold Over Elastic onto the legs: first put a mark on the halves of both elastics and legs opening, so you’ll know how much to stretch your FOE while you sew.

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To sew on, you can use either a simple wide zig-zag or a triple zig-zag (n° 2 on my sewing machine)
Just repeat the following steps for the waistband and the legs, trying not to pull the fabric (only the elastic!)

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You have to put your FOE with shining side up, under the right side of your front (or back), needle down and start to sew, stretching your FOE while matching the halves marks and then the ending points (don’t stretch the fabric!).
I don’t have a pic of this step, because… I only have two hands and you need both to sew this way 🙂

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Now we can fold over the fabric our elastic and sew for the second time, this one directly on the FOE

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(for the belly line, repeat the same steps!)

Now let’s joint the sides, you can either finish only with serger or with a straight stitch at 3mm from the side seams, that will keep seam allowances more flat.

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Then it could be finished…. Voilà!

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If your daughter won’t tell you… “I need a heart on these!”
So you’ll simply take a little scrap of maching fabric, cut out a mommy-heart-shape, glue it on the back with a glue stick and stitch it on your daughter’s Lovely Panties with a straight stitch… better, no?


Little things to remember:

  • Always keep T-shirt hems when you recycle t-shirts, with enough fabric above to cut a pair of Lovely Panties
  • keep necklines too (you can use it for new necklines)
  • keep every single scrap of fabric (yes I know, I’m ill, I love scraps….): you can always sew on a mommy’s-heart if your lovely daughter ask it to you <3
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italian version
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So che nessuno pensa mai a cucire biancheria intima … e perché mai? E’ davvero semplice e divertente, credetemi!
Inoltre, useremo qualcosa che tutti abbiamo in casa da smaltire: vecchie T-shirts!
Ma, andiamo con ordine!

Che cosa ti serve:
– Vecchie magliette per il tessuto principale, scegli il colore che più ti piace!
– Vecchie magliette bianche per la linguetta interna, al fine di evitare irritazioni cutanee intime!
– FOE o Fold Over Elastic (per ogni paio di Lovely Panties ne servirà circa 1 metro: 20 cm per il davanti + 20 cm per il dietro + 33 cm per ogni giro-gamba)
– Per la versione Economica è possibile sostituire 40 cm di FOE con un elastico alto 4 millimetri piatto
– Il cartamodello Lovely Panties da scaricare gratuitamente qui (taglia 4-5 anni). I margini di cucitura di 1 cm sono inclusi (dove servono – ovvero dove, in corrispondenza, c’è la linea di cucitura tratteggiata)

Cominciamo stampando e unendo le parti del cartamodello (3 fogli di carta, stampa senza ridimensionare! Per verificare le dimensioni, misurare il quadrato di 1 pollice per lato disegnato in uno dei fogli), poi tagliare i pezzi del cartamodello e disegnarne i contorni su una T-shirt, con un pennarello, cercando di metterli in drittofilo (è necessario avere il lato elastico in orizzontale, o non saremo in grado di indossare le Lovely Panties!).

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Io consiglio di tagliare la linguetta una volta nella T-shirt colorata e uno su quella bianca.
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Per una versione più economica si può porre la parte anteriore e posteriore del cartamodello lungo l’orlo della t-shirt, usandolo come un portaelastico (già fatto!), da riempire con l’elastico 4mm, meno costoso del FOE.

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In questo caso non ritagliare la parte superiore del cartamodello, mantenere l’orlo della t-shirt intero!

Ora cuciamo insieme i quattro pezzi di maglia, disponendoli come in foto (attenzione alla posizione dei lati diritti = right sides)

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Arrotolare su sè stessi il davanti (già cucito) e il dietro (da cucire), usandoli dcome ripieno del panino formato dalle due linguette!

Girare tutto e magicamente apparirà un paio di mutandine … più o meno (con un po’ di fantasia ed un pizzico di fede!)

Ora, mettiamo l’elastico: si può fare in due modi: con il FOE e la Versione Economica!

Cominciamo con la Versione Economica

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Poi cucire (a macchina o tagliacuci) entrambe le estremità del dietro e del davanti, per fissare in posizione gli elastici

Prendere 20 cm di elastico piatto, alto 4mm e metterlo all’interno dell’ex bordo della maglietta, con l’ausilio di una spilla di sicurezza, si fissa su entrambi i lati, con ciò che più vi aggrada (uno spillo o altro … io preferisco le pinze…)

—FOE —

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Se siete di fretta, si può provare a cucire in una sola volta, piegando a metà il FOE con in mezzo la stoffa ma … io non credo lo farò (di nuovo!)

Nella versione FOE cuciamo in due tempi, giusto per essere sicuri di non veder spuntare un buco (aaargh!) non appena la maestra di asilo di tua figlia la aiuta a rivestirsi in bagno

Come cucire il FOE
Partiamo dal bordo gambe: per prima cosa faccio un segno a penna a metà di entrambi gli elastici tagliati per il giro gamba e a metà del giro gamba stesso, sulla linguetta, così da sapere quanto allungare il FOE mentre si cuce.

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Per cucire, è possibile utilizzare un zig-zag ampio semplice o un triplo zig-zag (n ° 2 sulla mia macchina da cucire).
Le seguenti operazioni sono uguali sia per il bordo superiore che per il giro gamba, ricordando sempre  di non tirare il tessuto (solo l’elastico!)
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Dovete mettere il FOE con il lato lucido in alto, sotto al davanti o al dietro (anch’esso col lato diritto verso l’alto), abbassare l’ago e iniziare a cucire, tendendo il FOE fino a far corrispondere i segni che indicano la metà di elastico e girogamba.
Non ho una foto di questo passaggio, perché … Ho solo due mani e servono entrambe per cucire in questo modo 🙂

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Ora si può ripiegare il FOE attorno al tessuto e cucire per la seconda volta, questa direttamente sul FOE

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Ripetere gli stessi passi per il bordo superiore

Ora uniamo i fianchi: è possibile rifinire cucendo semplicemente con taglia-cuci oppure impunturando con un punto dritto a tre mm dalle cuciture laterali, che aiuterà a tenere i margini di cucitura più piatti.

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Adesso potremmo aver finito…. Voilà!

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…se solo tua figlia non ti dicesse … “A queste mutandine manca un cuore…me lo  cuci, mammina?
Quindi prendi un pezzetto di tessuto in tinta, lo tagli a forma di cuore-di-mamma, passi un velo di colla stick sul retro e lo cuci sulle Lovely Panties di tua figlia con un punto dritto … meglio, no?

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Piccole cose da ricordare:

  • Quando si riciclano vecchie magliette, mantenere una striscia in basso, vicino all’orlo, sufficiente a ritagliare un paio di Lovely Panties
  • mantenere anche gli scolli (da utilizzare per nuovi scolli) ed ogni piccolo ritaglio di stoffa (sì, lo so, sono malata, io amo i ritagli ….): si può sempre usare per cucire un cuore-di-mamma, se la vostra figlia adorata ve lo chiede <3

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49 Comments

  1. decoriciclo April 11, 2013 at 23:19 - Reply

    Ma che meraviglie!!! Per me è un progetto un po’ impegnativo, almeno per ora. Sono proprio belle belle! =)
    Daniela

  2. amy mayen April 11, 2013 at 23:57 - Reply

    Wow!! I’ve been wanting to make undies for a while, but too scared!! I’ll try it soon 🙂

    Guess who got your post in her inbox?!! Yay!

  3. Ina April 12, 2013 at 00:06 - Reply

    Eh che belle!!!! Sono davvero felice di averti scoperta 🙂
    Baci, Ina

  4. Faith Lohr April 12, 2013 at 03:26 - Reply

    These are adorable! I am pinning this. I need to try making underwear for my kids. It’s so expensive and would be cheaper (and better quality) to make my own.

    I’m visiting from http://www.artistic31mama.com and the Mom’s Monday Mingle. I’m one of the co-hosts and am so glad you joined us. I’m following via GFC and all your social media. Have a great week!

  5. Danielle Wood April 12, 2013 at 05:40 - Reply

    Wow – great tutorial! Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party!!!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

  6. Gabs G April 12, 2013 at 08:24 - Reply

    That is such an awesome idea! You have a really nice blog!Dropping by from Linkin With My Ladies Blog Hop.

    New follower with GFC
    GabsG(BeautyMadness)
    http://beautymadn3ss.blogspot.com/
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  7. cucicucicoo April 12, 2013 at 09:53 - Reply

    excellent tutorial! anch’io le ho fatte in passato, ma è passato un po’ di tempo. mi sa che lo faccio di nuovo prima o poi! pinno! 🙂 lisa

  8. mail4rosey April 12, 2013 at 15:00 - Reply

    This is a great way to recycle old t-shirts.

  9. Eugenia - My New Old Life April 12, 2013 at 16:07 - Reply

    wow! Ma sei un fenomeno!! Fantastico e super la realizzazione! Bravissima!!

  10. sara dionisi April 12, 2013 at 18:17 - Reply

    Ma sono un amore!Veramente belline queste mutandine e geniale l’idea. Complimenti!
    Sara

  11. Sparkle Cole April 12, 2013 at 21:21 - Reply

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve never made some pants and it seems so easy. I know what to do with my old t-shirts. Grazie mille!!!

    Bisous
    Sparkle

    http://ellecrafts.blogspot.fr

  12. Darlene Nemeth April 12, 2013 at 21:43 - Reply

    great tutorial. I pinned it.

  13. Jocie@TheBetterHalf April 13, 2013 at 05:05 - Reply

    these are so so cute. i’m not sure that my sewing skills are up for the task but maybe one day!

  14. Lazyfish April 13, 2013 at 08:59 - Reply

    Che carine!Ci voglio provare anch’io…ho tante di quelle magliette da riciclare!!!!

  15. Kathryn April 13, 2013 at 10:35 - Reply

    Thanks for following my blog.

    What a great way to upcycle old t-shirts – I am going to try this some time. Thanks for sharing this with us:)

  16. About JollyJilly April 13, 2013 at 10:55 - Reply

    Hi this is a fab idea! Im thinking you could adapt to other shape too. Thanks for sharing and I plan on following.
    If you get time pop over to my blog
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  17. Lazyfish April 13, 2013 at 22:52 - Reply

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  18. Lazyfish April 13, 2013 at 22:53 - Reply

    eccomi qua 🙂
    cos’è una no-reply blogger????

    grazie per avermi aggiunto <3 <3 <3

    Ciao e a presto,Mel.

  19. Jamie April 14, 2013 at 14:18 - Reply

    Love your posting, I guess we had the same idea! So glad you did a tutorial.

  20. Melly April 14, 2013 at 22:41 - Reply

    Ciao arrivo da Kreattiva, se ti va passa da me 🙂

  21. Cool idea! I like the ones with the bears on them! Cute! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

    T’onna

  22. Alex - Topogina Bonetto April 15, 2013 at 03:19 - Reply

    Wow, Mamma Nene, what a great step by step tutorial you put together! You must have a lot of patience to be able to write in English and in Italian!! I must admit I’m impressed!

    Have a nice week and I hope you will be able to come to the linky party that just started.

    Hugs, Alex

  23. Jill April 15, 2013 at 06:31 - Reply

    Cute little panties – and a great way to recycle those t-shirts!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  24. Pam @Threading My Way April 15, 2013 at 07:07 - Reply

    What a fabulous way to reuse old t-shirts and a comprehensive tutorial to go with it.

  25. Maria dolores Lopez godoy April 15, 2013 at 10:44 - Reply

    Sei molto ma molto brava, complimenti, arrivo da Kreattiva e mi piace molto il tuo blog. Besitos.

    http://redecoratelg.blogspot.com.es/

  26. Mandy A April 15, 2013 at 17:48 - Reply

    wow, that’s sooooo cute!!!!!!!!

    thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting!

    thank you for nominating me for the award, but i already got one less than a month ago, not sure if i can do that again?!

    HongKongChic

  27. Alex - Topogina Bonetto April 16, 2013 at 02:15 - Reply

    Ciao Mamma Nene, sono felice che tu abbia partecipato al linky party ‘Regali fai da te’. Non dimenticare di invitare le tue follower a votare la tua creazione il 26 di aprile dandogli il tuo numero di link {la tua creazione è il numero 6}.

    Buon proseguimento di settimana, Alex

  28. Elisa masi April 16, 2013 at 23:53 - Reply

    ma sono adorabili , il tutorial e’ bellissimo …quasi quasi le faccio anche per me =) adoro le mutandine colorose anche se non ho piu’ 10 anni …. =P

    kiss from pausacioccolata fashion&cosmetics blog”

  29. Genie Robinson April 17, 2013 at 13:46 - Reply

    What a great tutorial. Too bad I do not have any little one anymore. Just love the idea. Happy Wednesday. genie

  30. mani di fata April 17, 2013 at 22:29 - Reply

    ciao ti ho conosciuta tramite kreattiva e mi sono unita ai tuoi lettori. complimenti per il blog. se ti va passa da me http://manidifatacreazioni.blogspot.it/
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  31. Theresa April 18, 2013 at 14:28 - Reply

    Such a great tutorial! I have seen a few undie tutorials in the past, but it looked difficult. I think I am going to try it now! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Roxanne April 18, 2013 at 18:18 - Reply

    Love it! I don’t think I’d have the patience to sew my own, but good for you for doing this tutorial! I know some people out there will try it 🙂

  33. ellie p April 19, 2013 at 03:35 - Reply

    Ok these are ADORABLE and look super comfy. Pinning to my “must learn to sew” board now! Thank you SO much for linking up at THE Pin It PArty today! Hope you will come back next week! XO, ellie @ creative geekery blog

  34. KT @ OneOrganicMama April 19, 2013 at 04:46 - Reply

    These are super cute – I am no where NEAR your sewing skills – but I have cut fabric before 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to THE Pin it Party – hope to see you back next week! <3 Kristin @ One Organic Mama
    http://oneorganicmama.blogspot.com/

  35. Kristen October 19, 2013 at 05:48 - Reply

    I’m really impressed along with your writing abilities and
    also with the format on your weblog. Is this a paid topic or did you customize it yourself?
    Anyway stay up the nice high quality writing, it is rare to look a great blog like this one today..

    • Mamma Nene October 19, 2013 at 09:32 - Reply

      Hi Kristen!
      Your comment was on spam folder, sorry!
      I’m trying to customize all by myself, so you can find all those oddities here and there XD… but will fix them all! You’re too sweet, thanks for your visit <3

  36. Geraldine October 22, 2013 at 00:40 - Reply

    I’ve been making my own panties for years, after being frustrated with the skin-tight elastics in ready-to-wear. I’ve created my own patterns from old panties/vintage knock-offs/etc. I haven’t bought a pair for nearly 8 years. Best part is the elastic fits comfortably round my legs/waist, and I can make them in any fabric I want!

    • Mamma Nene October 23, 2013 at 08:53 - Reply

      I agree, Geraldine, the best part is the fitting! Thanks for your lovely comment, I am happy to see I’m not the only one who loves sewing underwear 🙂

    • Karen March 1, 2014 at 16:47 - Reply

      Wow, what pattern have you been using? I’ve got to try this for myself!

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  38. Suzanne March 6, 2014 at 15:34 - Reply

    Thank you so much! Your instructions look very descriptive! I’m going to add a bit more padding and some PUL to make training pants for my grand daughter.

  39. Gillian BC June 17, 2014 at 00:41 - Reply

    Excellent tutorial. I am so glad I found your blog as I am trying to learn how to sew undies and trying to learn italian. What good luck to find both on one website! Grazie mille.

    • Mamma Nene June 18, 2014 at 11:18 - Reply

      Prego Gillian!
      Glad to help you in both your interests 😉

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  41. kris September 19, 2014 at 01:07 - Reply

    I am not sure how my youngest daughter would take to handmade undies. Unless she made them herself when her brother and father were not around. She is almost 11 and loves to sew. But on the same note I have thought of making my own undies, but not the typical kind. I want bikini style with clips on the sides. But before you think I have my mind in the gutter, I want to make them a bit different. With a cloth pad sewn to the crotch. I have been making cloth pads and using them instead of disposables. Not because I am a crunchy mama, but they are more comfortable. The clips on the side are so you don’t have to get completely undressed to change the pad/panty. I love my cloth pads, but they do tend to slip because they obviously don’t have adhesive backing. Just the wrap around wings and polar fleece to repell liquids and it helps stay in place more than cotton or flannel.

    Is there a best place to buy fold over panty elastic? I do want to make some period panties….with the pad built in.

    • Mamma Nene September 20, 2014 at 16:54 - Reply

      Hi Kris! I really enjoyed reading your comment… sew much fun!
      Congrats for your sewing daughter, I see myself in her… I started sewing for my dolls at 5 😉
      I love your idea of panties, I’m sure you can do something similar, starting from a pair of underwear that fits you and making some muslins. But what if you were simply making panties with some loops velcro sewn on and cloth pads with the hook part? Maybe you could save yourself some washing and folding (my 2 cents!)
      About FOE, I used to buy it on ebay but the seller now has the shop empty… you can try searching for it on ebay and see what comes out (I’ve seen one with the One Direction Band stamped on, maybe your daughter would love to have them on their panties… just kidding LOL)

  42. Shirley E. January 14, 2016 at 07:07 - Reply

    Very understandable instructions. Thank you. I’ve been making underwear since they had a class of “stretch and Sew” at a local store when I was in my teens. There wasn’t any fold over elastic then, but there was lingerie elastic with the picot edging that looked nice. This is refreshing to see others using common sense ans pre-loved fabrics. Hadn’t thought of using t-shirt hems for the elastic casing. Most of my shirts have ragged hems by the time I retire them. Awww shucks! Keep up the good work. Time to make panties for grandkids now.

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