My go-to attire for the fall is unashamedly simple. I love wearing a cozy hoodie with my favorite pair of leggings! Today, I’m going to show you How To Sew Leggings – Free Leggings Pattern! I gravitate toward comfort food and comfort clothes. These simple leggings are great whether you are lounging around the house or working out. I picked some comfortable stretch fabric so they would be perfect for all-day wear. You can make these in a few different colors so you have several to work out in. When my sewing friend, Debbie, showed me this pattern, I knew I would love making these. If you love giving handmade gifts, you could sew a few of these for some friends and family. With the elastic waistband, they stay in place all day long. The best part is that you can make these in less than an hour. Dress them up and wear them out with your favorite top or keep it casual with a tank top or tee shirt. I like to wear them under dresses or skirts when the weather starts to cool off. They keep me warm and cozy. Plus, you can make these for much less than you can purchase in-store so these are a no-brainer.
You’ll only need a few supplies to make these leggings. I used some knit fabric with 50% 4-way stretch and they turned out great. Gather up the rest of the supplies from the list below and let’s get started!
What You’ll Need:
- 1.5 Yards Of 60″ Wide Fabric – knit with 50% 4 ways stretch – examples Cotton Spandex or Cotton Lycra
- 1” knit elastic
- Free Leggings Pattern
- Matching Thread
- Optional Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Measuring tape
- Thread nippers
- Sewing machine
- Fabric marker
- Bodkin or Safety Pin
This leggings pattern is drafted for a height of 5’ 4”- 5” 5” so you may need to length or shorten the pattern if required. If you need a different size than the pattern, check out our post about Pattern Grading – How To Scale A Pattern Up or Down.
This pattern has layers so that you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball beside it. Click on the eyeball beside the size you do not want to print.
Before printing check that your printer is set to No scaling or Actual size. Set the Page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2” test square to see if it measures exactly 2”. If it does, print the remaining pages.
Cut off the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the pattern. You can use tape or school glue to adhere your paper pattern together.
After the pages have been printed and trimmed as instructed above, use the quarter circles located at the corner of each page for perfect alignment. When done your pattern should look like this:
Pattern Pieces Checklist
Once you have printed and assembled your pattern you will cut: Cut 2 mirrored.
Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.
How To Sew Leggings – Free Leggings Pattern
The first step in this how to sew leggings – free leggings pattern sewing tutorial is to wash, dry, and iron your fabric. This will help preshrink your fabric so that your stitches won’t get messed up the first time you wash your leggings. Once you have done that, you can use the included free pattern to cut out your fabric. Cut out your fabric according to the cut list above.
Place the two fabric pieces right sides together and pin at the crotch as shown. Sew the pinned area using a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Rearrange the leggings so that the seams are on top of each other. Align the leg seams and pin. Sew down the pinned sides with a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Next on this how to sew leggings – free leggings pattern sewing tutorial, we will work on the waistband. Measure your waist and cut your elastic 1” smaller than your waist. Overlap the elastic by 1/2” and sew.
Divide the elastic into quarters.
Divide the pants waist into quarters.
With the elastic facing the wrong side of the pants, align the quarter marks of the pants with the quarter marks of the elastic. Pin together.
Head back to the sewing machine and using a wide and long zigzag stitch and sew the elastic to the pants stretching the elastic to fit the pants waist as you go.
Now on this how to sew leggings – free leggings pattern sewing tutorial, we will finish the waistband. Fold the elastic over enclosing it inside the waist of the pants. Pin and sew again using a smaller zigzag stitch. You will stretch as you go when sewing.
To hem the pants leg, fold the hem by 1/2” twice, pin, and sew. Repeat for the other leg.
And that’s it! Now you know how to sew leggings with free leggings pattern! Whether you are lounging around the house or working out, these pants are super comfortable and they are simple to make thanks to the free pattern. Pick out some nice stretch fabric and sew some of these today!
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- Pattern layout on fabric.
- Place the two fabric pieces right sides together and pin at the crotch as shown. Sew
- Rearrange the pants so that the seams are on top of each other. Align the seams and pin. Sew.
- Measure your waist and cut your elastic 1” smaller than your waist. Overlap the elastic by 1/2” and sew.
- Divide the elastic into quarters.
- Divide the pants waist into quarters.
- With the elastic facing the wrong side of the pants, align the quarter marks of the pants with the quarter marks of the elastic. Pin together.
- Use a wide and long zigzag stitch and sew the elastic to the pants stretching the elastic to fit the pants waist as you go.
- Fold the elastic over enclosing it inside the waist of the pants. Pin and sew again using a smaller zigzag stitch. You will stretch as you go when sewing.
- To hem the pants leg, fold the hem by 1/2” twice, pin and sew. Repeat for the other leg.
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