Another Newborn Pants Tutorial

newborn pants tutorial

Fashioning Newborn Pants Tutorial

They say necessity is the mother of invention and that’s just how this newborn pants idea came to be. A few weeks back, our associate photographer Tessa was scheduled to photograph a sweet baby boy. Now boys in particular can be a little tricky to pose given the need to hide a few additional “pieces” and Tessa’s supply of boy pants was running a little sparse. Why is it that boy props are so hard to come by anyhow? So Tessa sat thinking “what’s a girl to do?” when inspiration hit. You see, when you’re a mother to three, your brain is just wired a little differently than others. You’re forced to learn to MacGyver in a pinch; fashioning bathing suits out of T-Shirts and hair clips, underwear from a shower cap or flip flops from duct tape (true story). One thing a mom of three has in abundance is a butt tonne of too small clothing. Tights in particular, if you’ve been blessed with girls. And so, this two minute newborn pants project took to life in the closet of Tessa’s youngest child. When she brought this little trick to me in the studio I just couldn’t help but to share it with you all!

The instructions are so simple, all you need is a few pictorals to send you on your way. You will literally have a new pair of newborn pants in less time than it takes to read this post!

newborn pants tutorial

Newborn Pants from 0-6 month Tights

newborn pants tutorial

0-6 month Newborn Pants

Et Voila!

New tights for your prop collection. Incidentally, I bought these tights for 97 cents on sale at the GAP. SCORE! You could also consider buying white tights and custom dying them to match your favourite blanket. Plus, since tights have an infinite amount of stretch, these tights will happily fit many sizes of babe.

It’s funny how such a simple idea can really blow your mind. Why didn’t I think of that?!

For more AHA moments, consider joining us at our upcoming Newborn Posing Workshop on July 25th-27th.

Happy Pants Making!

  • Jeni - July 11, 2014 - 9:22 pm


  • Lanye Bush - July 12, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Such a great tutorial! I’m not a newborn photographer, but I’m going to send this post to my friends who shoot newborns!

    Thanks for sharing such great knowledge!

  • A Dimple in Time Photography - July 14, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Genius! It’s amazing how some of the most simple “life hacks” are right under our noses. Upcycled newborn prop pants out of tights is the perfect example! Glad you found your quick fix :) Thanks for the tips!

  • Megan - July 14, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    This is AWESOME… thanks so much for sharing!! I’m off to the mall to scour the Gap sale ;) Great idea for re-purposed newborn pants!

  • Kimberly - July 14, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Great tip! I have a newborn session coming up so I will have to keep my eye out for some tights. :)

  • Kirsten Arial - July 15, 2014 - 2:34 am

    Wow…..I love this! So informative and ingenious!

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Denise (CM) - July 15, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    What a great tutorial, thank you!!

  • Amanda - July 16, 2014 - 6:47 am

    Ahhhhhhh!! I am going to do this right now for the newborn session I have today!

  • Shannon Hager - July 16, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    What a great idea! Thank you!

  • Heidi - July 16, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    Brilliant!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Robin - July 16, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Oh that’s awesome, thanks for sharing and beautiful work!

  • Heather - July 16, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    Wow! Genius!

  • Carrie Burnham - July 16, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Amy Kolodziej - July 18, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    Absolutely genius! Love the sweet baby too :)

  • My Site - July 29, 2014 - 2:36 am

    Awesome! This is one of the best time parents should read. Hehe. Thank you for sharing this, very helpful, you’re a genius!

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