18 Aug 2014
30 Minute Girls Leggings
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.