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How to sew Leggings for Women – A Step by Step Sewing Tutorial

November 21, 2019

Hello dear sewistas.
Today I would like to sew a piece of clothing with you, which both grown up and young girls
will always find a use for, a pair of leggings! They are very fast to sew and with colorfully
patterned fabrics and different hem stules you can easily sew a new favourite for yourself!
The pattern and further information on the leggings can be found, as always, on my website
pattydoo. Under this link here: I have already prepared the pattern pieces
for the pants here, you simply need a left and a right pant leg, beyond this a rubber
band, and depending on which hem style you chose, a few more items. But I will take a
closer look at this with you later. So the leggings nicely hugs your leg later
and doesn’t go baggy at the knees, it is very important to chose an elastic fabric,
so a jersey fabric with elasthane. Mixed fibre fabrics are ideal, for example
95% cotton or viscose with 5% elasthane. TEXT: 95% Cotton/Viscose and 5% Elasthane I will be sewing the leggings with my overlock
machine, as well as my sewing machine by Pfaff. If you would like more information on these
models, just click the link blended in below. The first part of the pants, the crotch or
leg seam, I will now be sewing with my serger machine. The second part, the waist band and
the hems, with a normal sewing machine. But you can just as easily sew the whole leggings
with this sewing machine. The settings you should be using when using
a normal sewing machine so the seams remain nice and stretchy, can be found in my sewing
tutorial for the shirt Elaine. And now let us get started with the first
two seams, and to do so we lay the pant legs right fabrics sides on top of each other.
Now we sew the pant legs together here the front middle and then at the back middle,
and if you want, secure everything with a few pins or clips.
Here on the curved stretch, I pull the fabric edge so it is straight.
This is what these two seams look like now, and we can fold the pants so that they lie
right on top of each other. When you have laid everything nicely together,
we can proceed to the next step, in which we sew the inner leg seam, continuously from
one pant leg to the other, whereby here in the middle the two crotch seams meet up exactly.
So this spot here turns out nice and thin, we can lay the seam allowance in the opposite
direction. And now we can place a clip here and if you
want also along the rest of the stretch we are now going to sew.
This is what the sewn together leggings look like now. Now we are only missing the elastic
waist band and the two pant leg hems. For the elastic waist band you now have two options.
Either you sew a tunnel through which you subsequently feed the elastic band with a
safety pin, or you sew the elastic band on, like I will show in a moment. This has the
advantage that the rubber band can later no longer get twisted. But before you sew the
elastic waist band I recommend that you definitely try the pants on once.
While you are trying on your leggings you can determine whether you like the height
of the waist band. Perhaps you would prefer to have it a bit lower, because then you would
cut off a strip parallel to the fabric edge. But make sure that you plan in 2cm allowance
to fold around the elastic band at the top. Furthermore, you can also figure out the optimal
length for your elastic band. Wrap it, pulled slightly taught, once around your body at
the spot where the leggings’ waist band will later sit, so 2 cm underneath this fabric
edge. Now hold on to it with two fingers and make
a little mark. Before you cut your elastic band down to size, just compare it once more
to the length of your leggings’ waist line. The elastic band should not be longer.
Then cut the elastic band three centimeters behind the marking, this is the allowance
that we need to sew the band together. Now we lay the other elastic band end precisely
on this marking here and sew our band into a ring, in the middle of this overlap, using
the sewing machine. I now just sew backwards and forwards several
times with a straight stitch. The completed elastic waist band ring can
now be sewn onto the upper pants’ edge with the serger machine. So we can pin it evenly
along the fabric’s edge we will mark, using clips, the half and the quarter stretches
of ring. These markings can now be clipped to the wrong
fabric side, to the seams or the notches here at the side.
So, now we can sew the elastic waist band on once around. Either do this with the serger
machine, whereby the blade should be folded up, or with a zig-zag stitch on a normal sewing
machine. While sewing on the elastic band, it now lies
on top. Make sure that you evenly stretch the elastic band while sewing, but not the
fabric beneath it. Now the band is sewn on once around, and now
we can fold it inwards and sew it on from the right fabric side, with the elastic stitch
of the sewing machine. For this seam I will use a triple zig-zag
stitch, but also a simple zig zag stitch is an option. It is just very important that
the seam is nice and elastic, so it can give with the stretch of the elastic band.
Now I guide this fold line along the needle with a distance of 2 cm.
This way I exactly hit the lower edge of the elastic band with my seam.
While doing so, stretch the elastic band a little bit to ensure the fabric lies nice
and flat. This is what the completed waist band looks
like now! The fabric is slightly gathered and the seam is nice and elastic, so that
it can stretch with the band. Before we last but not least get started with
the pant leg seams, I recommend here too to try the leggings on again. This way you can
see if you need to adjust the length of the pant legs.
Then we iron the hem edges over by 2 cm onto the wrong fabric side and sew them once around
with an elastic stitch. Here too I will use a triple zig zag stitch
and guide the fold line along the 1,5 cm mark, in order to exactly hit the underlying fabric
edge with the seam. Now the pant legs are also hemmed and our
leggings are already done! But if such a simple hem is a little bit too
boring for you, then I have a few suggestions on how you can decorate the end of the pant
legs. All four options that I will show you now
are described in the sewing pattern. The first possibility is such a cute little opening
here, edged with bias binding, which can then be tied into a little bow.
In the next option the pant leg is shortened and a cuff is added. This is gathered with
a small loop. Particularly cute for children’s leggings is also this little bow here at the
end which is simply sewn on by hand. The fourth option is this little side gather
here. When sewing this option, a little tunnel sewn on to the inside, and this little ribbon
is threaded through. I would like to take a closer look at this with you now!
When sewing this option, the tunnel for the gather is sewn on to the individual pant leg
which isn’t sewn together yet. This pant seam you have to sew beforehand. Here I have
already done this with a cover seam. First of all, we are going to tidy the fabric
edges of our tunnel with a zig-zag or serger stitch. In doing so, we fold one of the short
sides over inwards on to the wrong fabric side by 2 cm, and then serge the remaining
three sides. To secure the lower fabric edge and the two
thread chains, we can sew another seam down here with the normal sewing machine.
I will now sew a zig-zag stitch with a distance of 1,5 cm.
And this is how we prepare our tunnel, which we can now pin onto the wrong fabric side
of our pant leg, in the middle here, a position which I have already marked with a pin.
Now we can sew it on once around, with a seam allowance of 7 mm, or the width of your presser
foot. I will now use a simple straight or quilt stitch with length of 2.
And now we just need a seam down the middle, that runs all the way to about two centimeters
before this edge here. So, and now our tunnel is completed! Now you
just need to thread through the ribbon. For this, you can either use an already completed
piece of bias binding that you simply sew together. Or also a woven band, as well as,
like I am doing, a strip of jersey that you simply fold and sew together. Then to feed
it through the tunnel you can simply use a small safety pin. When the decorations are done, you can completely
sew the leggings together, like was shown previously! Well, I hope you have now really
gotten in the mood to sew a pair of leggings for yourself! As you have seen, there are
a lot of things you can do with such a basic piece. These leggings go fantastically with our children’s
dress Leonie, or also with our jersey dress Ella for women.
I hope you have a lot of fun trying out this project, and more tips and tricks, tutorials
and sewing instructions can be found on Pattydoo! Bye, until next time.


  • Reply Rabab Kad December 18, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    first like and first comment

  • Reply nerdypeachmango December 18, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Great tutorial! Makes a girl really want a serger machine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lienchen H December 18, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Auf deutsch War es besser grade wegen der Synchronisation ….

  • Reply Adriana December 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm


  • Reply Asteri ETERNAL December 25, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you so much for your tutorials in English!ย  Kรผsse <3

  • Reply Sophia Brown April 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I like it

  • Reply Vasso2010 August 5, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Do you use elastic thread?

  • Reply Silikteur Peggy Tettey Ltd November 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm


  • Reply Martina Mays December 12, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    This young lady makes it seem so easy to sew pants. She is great. Now to try and make them!

  • Reply Shahbaz G January 11, 2017 at 10:11 pm

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  • Reply Martha Mora March 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    wow amazing I hope mine come up as good.thanks I'm subscribing now.

  • Reply Rita jones April 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    i like that sewing machine

  • Reply Nanda Kadam June 9, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Hi madam how much this mashin very nice you teach

  • Reply Raman Kaur August 27, 2017 at 7:43 am


  • Reply Baraa hesham September 5, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    such a wonderful and useful tutorial. thank you too much

  • Reply Rita jones September 30, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    How does that machine cost?

  • Reply shaalu Vaksh October 12, 2017 at 6:22 pm


  • Reply shaalu Vaksh October 12, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    How does that machine cost in indian corency

  • Reply Krishiv Patel November 11, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Esa material yaha milta nhi he to kya kare ap bhejenge to hum business kare

  • Reply Sodiq Adeyemo November 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm


  • Reply ssproles1 December 2, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Does anyone from Pattydoo monitor these comments? I received no response to an email inquiry after buying this pattern.

  • Reply Ana Marinova July 24, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Great tutorial and pattern! They fit like a charm! Thank you!

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  • Reply Fateme Mousavi November 14, 2018 at 11:59 pm


  • Reply Faliha Kownain March 31, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Please provide the sewing machine link mam..I want to buy this..

  • Reply Vanilla May 8, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Do you have to have an elastic band ?

  • Reply Shirley Ontiveros September 23, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you. Best leggings tutorial out there!!! LOVE the added touches on bottom of legs!!

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