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Any Size Snow Pants

Dateline: 02/08/00
Debbie Colgrove
Snow pants - front Once your kids are out of toddler sizes, snow pants are not only hard to find, they cost a small fortune. Kids out grow them or rip them in no time flat. Adults love to play in the snow too. Here's my alternative to breaking the bank and making play time warm and comfortable! snow pants back

Materials list

  • A basic sweat suit or running pants pattern. (Or an old pair of sweat pants that you are willing to cut apart for a pattern.) The size chosen should be on the large side of the spectrum, to allow for regular clothing to be worn underneath.
  • Nylon Rip stop fabric or another suitable water repellent fabric - enough extra to make bands for the elastic on the leg cuffs and waist
  • Polar Fleece
  • 1" wide non-roll Elastic
  • Thread


  • Cut out one pair of pants from each type of fabric.
  • Assemble side seams and crotch seams for each pair. On the water resistant pair use 3/8" seams and the fleece pair use 5/8" seams. If the pattern has pockets, I do not make them for children's sizes but do on adult pants. My kids always manage to pack the pockets full of snow.
  • Slip the polar fleece pair of pants inside of the nylon pants with seam sides together.
  • Serge or zig zag, both layers of the pants together at the bottom of the legs and at the waist. Stretch the polar fleece layer where necessary.
  • Measure the distance around the waist and leg openings. To these measurements add 1" for a 1/2" seam allowance. Cut 2 bands for the legs and one for the waist that are each 3.5" by the measurement plus the 1"
  • Sew each band closed, using a 1/2" seam. Press each band in half, matching the seam allowance.
  • Cut the elastic to fit the ankle and waist plus 1" for overlapping. Over lap the ends of the elastic to form a ring and secure the ends together. These measurements, leave the elastic loose enough for the pants to be worn over regular clothing.
  • Place the elastic ring in side of the cloth bands you made for the legs and waist. Baste the seam edge of the bands, being sure not to sew on the elastic.
  • Attach the waist elastic band to the waist of the pants, matching the center back seam. This is a good time to add a ribbon or tag to the center back. This will help a child determine front from back.
    waist band - back view
  • Attach the leg elastic bands to the leg openings matching the band seam to the inner leg seam.
    cuff detail
  • Serge or zig zag the seam allowances.
  • Press the seam allowances towards the body of the pants.
  • Top stitch the seam allowance to the pants.
  • Optional: Add an elastic strap to each pant leg to hold the pant leg down and prevent extra snow in the boots.


  • Watch for clearance sales on fleece for next years projects. The pair of snow pants featured here, were made for under $5. The nylon shell fabric was found for $1 a yard a while back and the fleece was $5 on a recent clearance table.
  • Make hats, mittens and gloves from polar fleece. If you should get carried away making extra pairs or have pairs that your children have outgrown, donate the extras to your local elementary school.

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