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 16.
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 1x1 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.
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.
Baby, Toddler, and Kids Leggings Pattern
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.
I recommend shopping for knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This is my one-stop shop for high-quality knit fabric with the cutest prints!
*Be sure to double-check the type of fabric in the drop-down menu on the fabric listing.
This pattern works best with a four-way stretch fabric. That means it has stretch in both directions and will be ideal for creating a comfortable fitting baby hat.
The following FOUR-WAY STRETCH fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics are ideal for this pattern.
- Cotton Spandex Jersey
- Cotton Spandex French Terry
- Organic Cotton Spandex Jersey
- Bamboo Cotton Spandex Jersey
- Double Brushed Polyester
- Athletic Performance Knit
Avoid the following fabrics
- Quilting Cotton (this is not a stretchy fabric)
- Cotton Interlock (this is typically a two way stretch fabric)
- Ponte De Roma (this fabric doesn’t have enough stretch and it’s too structured)
- Tri-Blend Jersey (two-way stretch)
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.
- 1 Yard 4-Way Stretch Knit Fabric (This links to my favorite knit fabric shop)
- Sewing Machine
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Thread (Optional Eloflex)
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Ballpoint Needle
- Printer Paper
- Heat N Bond Soft Stretch Lite (optional)
- 1-Inch Elastic (optional)
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 1-15. Align the circles and black lines together as you are piecing the pattern together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
Sew the Waistband
Sew a seam along the short edge of the waistband with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Fold the Waistband in half
Turn the waistband right side out.
Next, fold the waistband onto itself so wrong sides are facing each other.
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.
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.
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!
Iron the Waist Seam
Fold the waistband upwards and press the seam downwards with a hot iron and plenty of steam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sew Hem in the Round
Slide the hem under the presser foot and sew the hem in the round.
Iron Legging Hem
Don’t forget to press all of your seams!
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