Pattern Testing: New Horizons Designs (Terra’s Treasures) Monkey Pants

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UPDATE: Since this review was published, Terra’s Treasures is now known as New Horizons Designs. I have left any reference to Terra’s Treasures unedited in this post.

I’ve been making monkey pants for awhile now from Terra’s Treasures’ pattern so I was excited when I was chosen to test her pattern revisions she was proposing to make. Which actually she just ended up creating a whole new pattern! But I’ll explain at the end.

Wait. What? You don’t know what monkey pants are? If you cloth diaper you might know: they’re pants with a back panel in the bum that allows for a little more room for aforementioned fluff. But they’re not so obnoxiously roomy that you can’t wear it with a disposable diaper. And having the accent panel is too terribly cute.

Jack Skellington inspired raglan Tee & Pants set Monkey Butt Pants

There were two different revisions: one for cloth diapers and one regular. I tested the one for cloth diapers. The revisions to the pants include a wider leg that is more tapered at the ankle and a roomier fit in the hip area making them even more cloth diaper friendly. This also allows the pants to be made with fleece which doesn’t have quite the same amount of stretch that other knits have. They still have an elasticized waist and still offer a hemmed finish. Which, I personally like the looseness around the ankle that a cuffed pant doesn’t have. Sizing is the same at: 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m, 9-12m, 12-18m, 18-24m, 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t

But wait. There’s more. She added an appliqué pack for that booty accent panel. Uhm. Adorbs! The possibilities are endless when using your imagination. But if you can have craft-block like myself she offers templates for the following animals along with basic appliqué instructions: Fox, Panda, Raccoon, Monkey, Penguin, and Skunk.



I admit I’m a little fuzzy on the appliqué skills. But there are plenty of good tutorials on line. One thing I’ve learned is to use a fusible interfacing like Heat N Bond and place some stabilizer behind the project before stitching. Of course I learned all that after doing Mr Panda here but I’ve got some Heat N Bond rolling around in a UPS truck as we speak.

Terra received a lot of great feedback and is now offering the revised pattern as a separate pants pattern for cloth diapers and tweaked the original version making it a leggings pattern with a couple additions including capri length option and cuff options. The new pants pattern for cloth diapers, not the legging pattern, comes with the animal applique pack.

Check out other amazing patterns from New Horizons Designs.

{GIVEAWAY OVER}And yay for you for reading this whole post! Enter to win a free pair of monkey pants or $15 off at my Etsy store if winner prefers. Pants will be made to order so please allow 1 week for completion. I will offer up appliqué after I’ve honed my skill some more so you’ll just get the basic version (sorry!). You’ll just need to let me know if you want the normal cut or if you need some room for fluff. Free US shipping. International winner to pay shipping difference. No cash value.

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