Friday, April 3, 2009

Make Your Own Pants

Pants Tutorial
I'm making pants for my daughter, so I'm using size 3-6 Months for this tutorial.
This works for any size though, even adults!
Add ruffles and other 'pretties' for girls.
Keep them plain with a hem or add bias tape for boys.
If you'd like instructions on how to add ruffles, please ask!

Choose a pair of well fitting pants

Align the pants with the edge of the paper.
Trace around them onto poster paper, leaving a seam allowance.
I kept .5" seam allowance.
Add about 2" at the top for the waist band.
And add 1" to the length.

Cut out your new pattern and keep this handy for future use.
This will the the left and right leg.
Fold fabric, right sides together.
Place pattern on fold and trace onto your fabric, using washable pencil or fabric marker.
Repeat for other leg.
This is what one leg will look like unfolded.
Make two.
Hem the bottom of the legs, add bias tape, or ruffles right now.
Be creative!

Stack the legs on top of the other, Right sides together.
Make sure you have the legs at the bottom and not the waist.
They look Very similar!

Sew from the waist down to the crotch on both sides.
Do not sew the sides of the legs yet!

Fold the legs together and sew the inseam
(from hem up to crotch and down to opposite hem)
Make sure to finish your edges!
Onto the Waist band!
Fold down half an inch and iron.
This will be sealed inside the waistband, so there is no need to finish the edge.

Fold over again, 1"

Sew all the way around, leaving an open space to insert an elastic band.

Don't forget to leave the opening large enough to insert an elastic band!

Connect a safety pin to the end of the elastic to help you push it through the waist band

Sew the elastic ends to a scrap piece of ribbon or fabric.
Zigzag back and forth a couple of times.
This takes away from the small bulge you get when the elastic ends are sewn together.
Sew the waist band closed.

And embellish!
I added small bows, buttons, and rhinestones at the bottom of each leg.
Be creative and have fun!

I'd love to see what you create with this tutorial!


  1. Those are so precious! What a great tutorial. :D

  2. I used to sew for the boys when they were little. The pants weren't quite so flashy though, actually quite boring. I can see how sewing for a girl would be fun!!

  3. :) Audrey, I certainly am glad that I have two girls to use as Barbie Dolls!
    (Maybe a boy someday though!)

    Thank you Princess!!

  4. Now this is a Great Tutorial! Thanks for the step by step directions & photos. I really want to give it a try.

  5. You're welcome! I'd love to see how it turns out! :)

  6. Such easy to follow directions and the pictures are not fuzzy. Thanks for the extra tips, I can't wait to get started.

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