30 Minute Girls Leggings

18 Aug 2014

30 minute girls leggings

30 Minute Girls Leggings

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Hi!  I'm Kara, from Simplistically Sassy.  I'm excited to be here on Cutting Corners today to share a quick and easy tutorial to make leggings for girls.  These are made with Knit Solid Hot Pink fabric.  It's easy to use, and is perfect for this project.


1/4 - 1/2 yard of knit fabric

Elastic (I used 1/2 inch wide)

Leggings, or pants as a guide

Fold the leggings/pants in half, inside out, so you can see all the seams.  Lay them out on your fabric that is folded in half, so you'll be cutting 2 at a time.  You'll cut close to the pants, leaving a bit for seam allowance. 

Cut allowing for seam allowence


Next you'll flip the pants over to the fabric, so they're going the opposite direction, and you'll cut again.

*As a side note.  With these leggings, they are a tighter fit around the ankles, and I wanted a wider fit.  So I just cut them wider at the bottom.

Flip pants, cut other side

 Once they're cut, you'll turn each set so it's right sides together (if it's not).  With a solid knit, I found that it wasn't as important, but if you have a fabric that is specific make sure to do that.

4.  Next you're going to sew the crotch area up.  From the point, up towards and all the way to, the waist band.  You can do this using a zip zag stitch, even a straight stitch, or a serger.  Just make sure to let the machine feed the fabric in and you shouldn't have problems with bunching.

Sew crotch area up to waistband


Once you've got the crotch sewn, unfold each piece, and put the two right sides together and it should look like pants forming.  Pin down both sides, and up through the middle.  I started at the crotch, so that I could align the seams there.

Pin inside and outside of pant legs


After all the pins are in place, go ahead and sew the sides of the pants, and then start at one of the ankles, and sew all along the inside leg, around the crotch, and down the other side.

*If you have a serger, you can serge the bottom of the hems, and the waist band.  This just gives it a finished look that I preferred.

Next, measure how far you would like the hem to be up, and go ahead and pin that all the way around.  Also measure the waistband.  I had 1/2 inch elastic that I used, so I used that as a guide to how far I wanted the casting to be.  Pin that down as well. 

Pin down waistband and hems

Sew hem up, and casting down.  Make sure to leave an opening to guide the elastic through.  

Now, measure your waistband, and then double that (mine was 12 inches, so I cut 24 inches).  Pin a safety pin to the end of your elastic and thread it through your casting.

Thread elastic through casting

Once you have smoothed it all out, go ahead and overlap the elastic by 1/2 inch - 1 inch, and sew it in place well.

Sew the casting closed.  

Stitch elastic together well before sewing casting closed

 I like to sew a little piece of fabric in the back of the pants, so the kids know which way to put their pants on.  I just found a darker pink and zig zag stitched it in.

My girls love them
The best thing about this pattern is it's so versatile for what you want it to be.  Make shorts, capris, flared out, tight fitting.  It can work for so many ages too.  :)  Happy sewing!

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