An indispensable item for young cowboys everywhere!
I had so much fun with these when my boys were little, and have long wanted to share this simple instruction. The boys, and their chaps, were always a big hit at farm machinery shows and 4-H fairs, and the grocery store, for that matter...my boys were cowboys everywhere they went, for a long, long time...one of them still is!
All you need for these chaps is a nice sharp pair of scissors and a little pair of jeans your child has outgrown or worn the knees out of:
|I actually bought this perfectly good pair at Goodwill this morning!|
1. We are only cutting away from the pants, and
2. The front will be the back, and the back will be the front.
Starting at the button/snap closure, begin cutting towards each side seam, being extra careful not to hit the metal of the zipper or rivets with your scissors. The idea here is to save the waistband.
If you look how I have marked the above photo, the section above the solid line will become the "strap" that holds the chap to your young'un's leg...they will place their foot through this when they put them on. The dotted line is where you cut, from the bottom up leaving the sides to be cut into fringe...gotta have fringe!
You may think the fringe "chunky", but it will roll up and become "stringy", trust me!
That's it! They're finished!
Your cowboy, or girl, will put their feet through the straps in the back, and you will snap/button them in from behind! A word to the wise, the straps need to be left plenty wide, or they will just rip along the side seam...the configuration above is just right to hold up through many a washing and time on the range!
|the originals...much loved|
My little cowboys...not so long ago, really
|that's Red Ryder and Little Beaver in the lower left corner, thus, the breachcloth with chaps :)|