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digital sandbox pants + starfish stencil sewing pattern

digital sandbox pants + starfish stencil sewing pattern
Price: $13.95
Brand: Oliver + S
Item: OLV-OS005SP
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Got your pail and shovel? Let's go! Boy's or girl's pull-on pants have front patch pockets, button-through back patch pockets, elasticized back waistband, and drawstring at front waistband. Stencil includes starfish pattern and instructions for painting with freezer-paper.

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digital sandbox pants + starfish stencil sewing pattern
  • Digital Patterns

    This style is provided as a digital pattern. It may be printed on both home printers (using either 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper) and at service bureaus that handle 36" wide sheets. When you complete your order, you will be provided with a unique code to instantly download the pattern. See our digital product policy for full details.


    Boy's or girl's pants and T-shirt stencil. Pull-on pants have front patch pockets, button-through back patch pockets, elasticized back waistband, and drawstring at front waistband. Stencil includes starfish pattern and instructions for painting with freezer-paper.

    Skills Used

    Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven't ever done one of these things before? Don't worry. We'll walk you through it, step by step.

    After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: buttonholes and patch pockets.

    Suggested Fabrics

    Pants: Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like quilting cottons, broadcloth, canvas, corduroy, denim, poplin, and seersucker.
    Waistband and Drawstring: Lightweight fabrics like quilting cottons, broadcloth, or poplin.
    Stencil: Purchased T-shirt.


    Pants: Thread, two 1/2" buttons, 1/2 yard of 3/8"-wide elastic.
    Template: Freezer paper, fabric paint in one or more colors, paintbrush.

    sandbox pants + starfish stencil sewing pattern

    Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")

    SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T
    Pants, Main Fabric 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 7/8 yard 1 yard 1 yard
    Pants, Trim Fabric 3/8 yard 3/8 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard

    SIZE 4 5 6 7 8
    Pants, Main Fabric 1 1/8 yard 1 1/4 yard 1 1/4 yard 1 5/8 yard 1 7/8 yard
    Pants, Trim Fabric 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard

    Finished Measurements

    SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T
    Pants Length 13 3/4" 14 1/2" 16 1/4" 18" 20 1/2"
    Hip 22" 23" 24" 24 1/2" 25 1/2"
    Leg Opening 12 1/4" 12 3/4" 13 1/4" 13 1/2" 14"

    SIZE 4 5 6 7 8
    Pants Length 23 1/2" 26 1/2" 29 1/2" 32 1/2" 35 1/2"
    Hip 26 1/2" 27 1/2" 28 1/2" 29 1/2" 30 1/2"
    Leg Opening 14 1/2" 15" 15 1/2" 16" 16 1/2"


  • English System
    Size Chest
    6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22
    12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27
    18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30
    2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33
    3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36
    4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39
    5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44
    6 24 ½ 22 ½ 26 ½ 45-49 45-55
    7 25 ½ 23 27 ½ 49-52 56-64
    8 26 ½ 23 ½ 28 ½ 52-54 65-72


    Metric System
    Size Chest
    6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10
    12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12
    18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14
    2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15
    3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16
    4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18
    5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20
    6 62 57 67 114-124 20-25
    7 65 58 70 124-132 25-29
    8 67 60 72 132-137 29-33


  • Average rating: (5 of 5) based on 8 reviews

    great pattern, a few too many frills...
    Reviewed by on 06/15/2018
    It is a nicely written pattern, very easy to follow and understand and excessive amounts of description help even the most beginner sewer finish this project. The pants fit nicely, though I exchanged the drawstring for an elastic at the waist. I was expecting a very simple summer pants for children and it certainly fits this bill. What I really don't get is the buttons for the backpockets (it is a toddler pants after all!) and the starfish stencil. Even if I wanted the buttons for decorative reasons, I would just sew them on or sew the pockets shut with the buttons. It's toddler pants, not as if the backpockets get any real use, plus buttons are expensive and uncomfortable/hazardous when climbing and exploring! Therefore I find it excessive to also make real buttonholes for these buttons and who needs a stencil for a rather simple starfish? With that being said, I made a few simple adjustments and have been very happy with the result. For the price though I have to sew them a couple more times yet to pay off...
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    Beautifully crafted pattern
    Reviewed by on 04/29/2015
    I love this pattern and in fact purchased it in another size range for my younger child. It was my first oliver + s pattern and I was not disappointed! In fact, it made me love sewing with patterns again: from the simple and pleasing aesthetics of the instructions and pattern itself to the ease with which everything came together to the lovely finished result, it was truly a joy to sew. These pants are perfect if you're looking for a relaxed fit, casual woven pant (hard to find a good one; my search for said is what introduced me to oliver +s in the first place) and definitely for both genders, depending on the fabric and embellishment choices you make. I anticipate making these many, many more times - in fact I'm working on two more pairs at the moment. Don't be afraid of digital downloads with this designer, either - the printed pages are a breeze to put together. A note on length: the unhemmed pants did end up quite a bit longer than I anticipated, given the measurements, but honestly this is not a problem in my book and I would always prefer to have more length to work with rather than less. I did a wide hem (for letting down later) on my first pair, and will probably end up trimming a bit of excess off subsequent pairs, but again, I'm fine with that and wouldn't change a thing about this pattern. Thank you so much!
    3 of 3 customers found this helpful.
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    Fantastic for beginners
    Reviewed by on 01/31/2015
    Very easy to follow pattern. Great results, even without a great deal of sewing experience.
    1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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    Great basic--very versatile
    Reviewed by on 09/04/2014
    I've made three pairs of these for my 18-month-old son so far: one in seersucker, one in a lightweight denim shirting, and one in a linen blend. I made the 6-12 month size, but lengthened the legs by about 1.5 inches. They fit beautifully--covering the diaper without riding up. I will definitely be making more for fall and winter in corduroy.
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    Sandbox pants
    Reviewed by on 08/18/2014
    love this pattern have been using it for years for my boys, its playful, and has a fit that makes it just right!
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    Worn so often they wore out!
    Reviewed by on 03/06/2014
    One of the few pieces of clothing I couldn't hand down. They fell apart from use! I made these for my Twins in soft pinwale cord. They had an excellent long leg and a good high waist. The draw string nicely disguised the elastic waist and is a great design feature. I just wanted to share a tip on threading the elastic http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/5104359946/in/set-72157625588979808 A great unisex pattern.
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    Sweet little pants!
    Reviewed by on 08/02/2013
    I have made these pants in the 6-12 mo. size for my baby boy. They fit well and just look very cute. Like all O&S patterns, the construction is clearly explained in detail and gives a very professional finish. A friend pulled out the back waistband while my baby was wearing them to try to find a size tag and was surprised to learn that I had made them! One small thing to note, the pattern only is for the pants and stencil, the shirt is not included.
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    Sandbox Pants for Everyone!
    Reviewed by on 07/02/2013
    This is one of my all time favorite Oliver + S patterns. I've used it for my son, nephews, and even my girls! I love the drawstring waistband with elastic. It avoids the all elastic waistband that my kids seem to start disliking the older they get but still allows for some give. The Sandbox Pants make great shorts too!;)
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  • Errata

    Please note that all errata have been corrected in the digital version of this pattern. These notes apply only to the first printing of the paper pattern.

    1. Piece #3, waistband: cut 1, not 2.
    2. On the large sizes (4-8) please note that in the first printing the size labels on pocket pieces #5 and #6 got transposed at the bottom edge of the pockets. They should be arranged as shown below.



    Determining Which Printing You Have

    As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern. To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers.

    The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing.

    Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.


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