Free Baby, Toddler, and Kids Leggings Sewing Pattern

Free Baby, Toddler, and Kids Leggings Pattern. Sew a Pair of Stretchy Knit Leggings with this Beginner Friendly Printable PDF Sewing Pattern Photo Tutorial and Video.

Have you ever wondered how to make leggings? You won’t believe how easy it is to sew leggings with this step-by-step tutorial and video. This project is perfect for a beginner, and you can make these leggings on a sewing machine or a serger.

This pattern is available in baby sizes, including Preemie, Newborn, 0-3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6-9 Months, 9-12 Months, 12-18 Months, and 18-24 Months. It’s also available in sizes 2T through size 7.

Sweet Red Poppy FREE Knit Fabric Leggings Sewing Pattern for Beginners. | Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of young girls wearing stretchy leggings.

These extra stretchy, easy to pull-on leggings with an elastic waistband are sure to be an everyday favorite!

Included in this pattern is a professionally drafted and graded color-coded pattern. Use the 1×1 inch printing guide to ensure accuracy and quickly put this pattern together with its no-trim pieces.

Step-by-step detailed photo and written instructions are also included.

Free Baby Leggings Pattern | Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of two young girls wearing stretchy leggings.

Pair these FREE Leggings with my FREE Top Knot Baby Hat and Bandana Bib for the perfect baby outfit!

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Sweet Red Poppy FREE Leggings, Baby Hat, and Bandana Bib Sewing Pattern |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a baby hat, baby leggings, and baby bandana bib.

New to sewing with knit fabrics? You’ll love my video tutorial where I walk you through every single step of this project in detail.

I’m sharing all of my tips and tricks for sewing leggings with knit fabric.

This pattern features a lower rise in the front and a higher rise in the back for an extra great fit.

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Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of young girls wearing stretchy leggings.

Baby, Toddler, and Kids Leggings Pattern

Sweet Red Poppy leggings |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of kids leggings pattern information.

Medium Weight 4-Way Stretch Knit Fabric

For this pattern, I recommend using a medium-weight knit fabric with a content of 95% Cotton, 5% Lycra/Spandex. Having at least 5% Lycra or Spandex allows the fabric to have elasticity and bounce back to its original shape without getting stretched out over time.

Other suitable fabrics for this pattern are Double Brushed Polyester, French Terry, and Rayon Spandex

It’s essential to use a fabric with at least 50% stretch. Not sure what that means? A 4″ piece of fabric should stretch to at least 6″. Fabric must have stretch both horizontally and vertically. Look for fabrics labeled as a 4-way stretch.

Make sure to prewash and dry your knit fabric before cutting and sewing it! This will prevent your fabric from shrinking after you’ve sewn it.

Stretch Knit Fabric |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of stretch knit fabric.
Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman stretching stretch knit fabric.

Finishing Techniques

When sewing this pattern you can use a variety of different techniques to finish the seams.

First, you can use the stretch stitch on your sewing machine. This looks like a lightning bolt and allows seams to have more give, so the stitches don’t pop when stretched out.

If you don’t have this option, use a zig-zag stitch and narrow the width of the stitch.

The final option is to finish the seams with a serger. The serger creates a seam that is cut and finished in one step. This option creates a more professional-looking finish.

Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of young girls wearing stretchy knit leggings.

Supply List

DOWNLOAD THE FREE LEGGINGS PATTERN HERE!

Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of kids leggings fabric requirements.

Print the Girl’s Leggings Sewing Pattern

Download the pattern to your computer and print the pattern at 100% with no scaling.

Immediately check the 1” x 1” square to ensure the pattern has printed correctly.

How to Assemble This Pattern

The pattern is numbered 1-9. Align the circles and black lines together as you are piecing the pattern together.

How to piece together a printable sewing pattern |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman laying out a kids leggings pattern.

Feel free to trim off the excess from each piece of the pattern or hold the pieces up to the light and align them together without trimming.

Below is an example of how the pattern is pieced together.

Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a kids leggings pattern printable.

Choosing the Correct Size

Measure Waist, Hips, and Height this will give you an idea of which size will fit best.

Base the size off of the waist measurement and shorten or lengthen the pattern based off of the height.

If in-between sizes, size up for the best fit.

Sweet Red Poppy Leggings Size Guide |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a leggings size guide.
Sweet Red Poppy Free Leggings Sewing Pattern Elastic and Knit Waistband |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of leggings with an elastic waistband and a knit waistband.

Place the Leggings Pattern on the Fabric

Lay the fabric out in front of you and fold it in half to align the selvage edges.

If you are using a larger size you may want to cut each leg out individually making sure to cut mirror images.

How to cut out fabric leggings |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman cutting out kids leggings.

The selvage edges should run vertically along the fabric. The greatest amount of stretch should be going horizontally across the pattern.

Place the pattern piece on top of the fabric and pin it in place.

Cut out the Leggings Pattern Pieces

Using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut around the entire pattern.

I like to cut two pieces of fabric at a time to speed up the cutting process.

Cut out the Leggings Pattern Pieces |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman cutting out kids leggings.

Check the Leggings Pieces

Lay all three pieces of fabric out in front of you.

If you are creating the elastic waistband, you should have a piece of elastic in place of the waistband pattern piece.

Check the Leggings Pieces |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of kids leggings pieces.

Apply Heat-N-Bond Soft Stretch Lite (Optional)

Using a hot iron without steam, apply Soft Stretch Lite to the wrong side of each legging hem. Peel away the paper liner once the adhesive has cooled.

Apply Heat-N-Bond Soft Stretch Lite (Optional) |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman applying Heat-N-Bond soft stretch lite.

Pin Leggings & Sew the Inseam 

Lift one side of the leggings and bring it to the opposite side, so the raw edges are aligned and the right sides are facing each other.

Start at the top of one leg, sew (3/8″ S.A.) all the way down to the ankle. Repeat this process on the opposite leg.

Pin Leggings & Sew the Inseam |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of leggings pieces pinned together.

Match up the Crotch Seams

Turn one leg right side out, and slide it inside of the other leg.

The right sides of the fabric should be facing each other.

Match up the Crotch Seams |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of leggings crotch seams being matched up.

Sew the Crotch Seams

Pin the leggings together along the crotch, making sure to line up the leg seams with each other. Sew along the crotch.

Sew the Crotch Seams |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of kids leggings crotch seams being sewn together.

Foldover Waistband

*Scroll down below for Elastic Waistband instructions

Fold the Waistband in Half

Fold the waistband in half, with right sides together, aligning the short ends.

Pin along the short edge.

Fold the Waistband in Half |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of kids leggings waistband folded in half.

Sew the Waistband

Sew a seam along the short edge of the waistband with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

Sew the Leggings Waistband |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman sewing a kids leggings waistband.

Fold the Waistband in half

Turn the waistband right side out.

Next, fold the waistband onto itself so wrong sides are facing each other.

Press.

Fold the Waistband in half |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman folding a kids leggings waistband in half.

Divide into quarters

Divide the raw edge of the waistband and pants into quarters with your sewing pins.

The waistband seam should be aligned with the center back seam.

Divide into quarters |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of kids leggings pieces divided in quarters.

Align Waistband & Leggings

Slide the waistband around the pants aligning all three raw edges together. Using the sewing pins, line up the waistband pins with the pants pins and seams.

This will give you a guide to evenly distribute the fabric because the waistband is slightly smaller than the pants.

Align Waistband & Leggings |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman aligning a kids leggings waistband.

Sew the Waistband

Slide the three layers of fabric underneath the sewing foot. You’ll need to gently pull on the waistband fabric as you sew to match it to the size of the pants.

Sew all the way around the waistband. Don’t forget to backstitch!

Sew the Waistband |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman sewing a kids leggings waistband.

Iron the Waist Seam

Fold the waistband upwards and press the seam downwards with a hot iron and plenty of steam.

Iron the Waist Seam |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman ironing a kids leggings waist seam.

Elastic Waist Band

Cut the pattern out using the elastic waistband line; this is higher than the normal cut line. Cut 1″ elastic according to the chart located on the pattern.

Elastic Waist Band |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a kids leggings waistband pattern.

Fold & Press the Waistband

After sewing together the crotch seams, fold the waistband over 1/4″ so that the wrong sides of the fabric are facing each other. Press the fabric.

Fold the fabric over an additional 1.25″ and pin in place.

Fold & Press the Waistband |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a kids leggings waistband folded and pinned.

Create the Elastic Casing

Sew along the folded edge of the fabric to create the elastic casing. Leave a 2″ opening along the back of the leggings to feed the elastic through.

Create the Elastic Casing |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a elastic casing for a pair of kids leggings.

Sew the Elastic

Feed the elastic through the casing using a safety pin attached to one end of the elastic.

Pull on both ends of the elastic and overlap them by 1″. Sew a zig-zag stitch along the overlap to connect them.

Redistribute the elastic within the casing. Sew the opening closed.

Sew the Elastic |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a waist elastic ends sewn together.

Iron Legging Hem

Turn the leggings inside out and press the hem upwards 1/2 inch.

If you are not using Soft Stretch Lite, use pins to keep the hem in place.

Turn the leggings right side out.

Iron Legging Hem |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a kids leggings hem being ironed.

Sew Hem in the Round

Slide the hem under the presser foot and sew the hem in the round.

Sew Hem in the Round |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a kids legging hem being sewn.

Iron Legging Hem

Don’t forget to press all of your seams!

Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of two girls wearing kids knit leggings.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE LEGGINGS PATTERN HERE!

Sweet Red Poppy Free Leggings Sewing Pattern |Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: collage image of kids wearing knit leggings.

Enjoy your brand new hand-made leggings! Here are some photos from our amazing testers! I just can’t get enough of this pattern.

Free Toddler Leggings Sewing Pattern | Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of various kids knit leggings.

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Leggings Pattern by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: collage image of two young girls wearing knit circle skirts.

Do you have any questions about this leggings pattern? Let me know in a comment below!

10 thoughts on “Free Baby, Toddler, and Kids Leggings Sewing Pattern”

  1. I can pull the pattern up to print but when I printed one page it has a the pattern teeney-tiny in the upper right corner of the page.. I’ve never had this with other patterns of yours. HELP! I want to make these to donate to abused women and children shelters.

  2. Tamara Dougherty

    Is there any way to get this pattern for our older and taller girls? I’m not sure how to adjust the pattern for longer length.

  3. I’m not able to print the pattern either. If you can email it to me, that would be great. Or let me know if the issue is resolved and I’ll try to go back again.

  4. I am not able to download the pattern for printing correctly. Adobe reader dialog box pops up with “An error exists on this page. Acrobat may not display the page correctly. Please contact the person who created the PDF document to correct the problem.”

    Can this be corrected?

  5. Riana Bredell

    When one tries to download, it does not finish the action. Please inform your provider that it is unsuccessful so that we may download please. it is such a nice pattern

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