Insulated Work Pants




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Hey folks,  This 'ible for the SEW WARM contest can help others (yes, you can help kids learn!).  I work with Newton North High School Greengineers,, steering the algae to biofuel project.  One of their other fabulous projects is recycling plastic bags into reusable totes.  The sewing machine that is the grand prize for SEW WARM, will be used for this project.  So please vote, for the kids.

 This instructable will show you how to make insulated work pants.  I used a wrecked pair of carhartts and a wrecked pair of sweats.  You are welcome to use new pairs of either, but if you've followed any of my 'ibles, I repurpose lots of old pants and shirts, (apparently, 1 carpenter + 1 biologist = LOTS of torn clothes, who knew)  Also, feel free to use any work pants, sweats, fleece, flannel, whatever.

The only tips on pant selection is that the liners should be a bit loose, (not spandex, etc.)
The outside pants should fit you slightly larger than normal (ex. I used a pair of my husbands old work pants which are a full size bigger than I would normally wear, and my old sweats which fit me normally)

Step 1: Bill of Materials

 -work pants (heavy canvas, denim, whatever)-1 size too big
-warm & fuzzy pants
-sewing machine
-scissors/rotary cutter

Step 2: Lining Things Up

 *NOTE: before you start, if your fuzzy pants have big holes, go ahead and patch them up (I' d put the patch on the outside, and don't worry how it looks, it will be covered up)

1.  Just to be safe, try on both pairs of pants at he same time to make sure they fit.

2. Turn both pairs of pants inside out

3. Put the fuzzy pant over the work pants.

4. line up the waist, front, back and side seams

5. Pin the fuzzy pants so that you can sew

6. Pin along the fly, so that you don't sew the fly up

Step 3: Sew It Up Baby

 1. Start at one side of the fly, and sew around the back, away from the fly
NOTE: sew just under the waistband of the fuzzy pants

2. Once you get back around to the fly, sew down around the fly, so that you make a big "U" shape

3. Cut the inside of the "U" out
NOTE: I found it easy to leave the pins, cut out the "U", unzip and then sew, but do as you like.

3. Cut the waistband off the fuzzy pants

4. Check the length of the fuzzy pants, they should be an inch or two shorter than the work pants.  (If they are not, cut them so that they are)

5. Flip 'em around, and head into the cold kiddos!



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6 Discussions


9 years ago on Introduction

Ive used sweats instead of the usual thermal underware for years, mainly because thermals tend to shrink very quickly but I also think the quality sweats are actually warmer. I never thought about attaching the sweats to the pants though. Nicely done !

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

 Thanks so much! yes, I spent my entire time in college wearing my sweats under my pants without thinking to attach them.  Then I snagged a pair of my husbands "real" insulated work pants and it was SO GOOD!  He stole them back so I had to make my own. It's so easy I can't believe I never thought of it before!


9 years ago on Introduction

Great 'ible! I have a two pairs of these I bought a while back and I love them! I'll have to try making these.

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Thanks for reading! Some of my favorite pants!  It's like you're wearing pajamas all day!