How to make easy baby leggings! I have also included my free PDF newborn pattern you can download at the bottom of the page. These leggings are pretty easy to make, and the end result comes out so professional looking, that your friends and family will have no idea that you made them yourself. To start sewing the leggings, make sure you have the following supplies:
- At least a 1/2 yard of knit or stretchy fabric.
- Fabric scissors or a rotary cutter. (Buy the scissors here or rotary cutter here)
- 1/2 to 3/4 inch elastic (buy it here).
- Thread and sewing machine.
Start with laying out your fabric back side up, pattern side down on the table. Fold the fabric over just enough so that you have enough room to lay out your pattern. On the folded part, it should be the right side up with the pattern showing. You also want to make sure if you are using a fabric with a pattern that can be turned any direction, that the stretch of your fabric is going the right direction. When you lay your pattern down, stretch the fabric width wise of your pattern and make sure it has a good stretch. If it does not, then you probably have it turned the wrong way.
Lay your pattern down, back side on the fold and cut around it about 1/8th to 1/4th inch away from your pattern. Now that you have half of your leggings cut out, you will need to cut the other half, following the same process. Instead of using the pattern again, you will want to use the legging half that you already cut to cut the second half. This will ensure that your leggings are the same and are even with each other.
You should now have your leggings fully cut, and you are ready to being sewing!
To being sewing, open up both leggings half’s and align them together, inside out so that the two pattern face’s are against each other. Use a serger or if you are using a regular sewing machine, then use a zig zag stitch, and sew along the outside edge of the top part of the leggings on each side (see pic to the right).
After you have sewn both sides, it is time to sew the legs. Lay your leggings out and fold them, so the bottom half of the leggings line up together, and start to look like pants (see pic below).
After you have sewn the leg line, you can flip your leggings right side out, and get ready to sew the hem of the bottom of the leggings.
You will fold the bottom of the leg, like you are sewing a blind hem stitch. At the bottom of one leg, fold the fabric over toward the inside of the leg about an inch. Then fold it back over toward the outside, and it will form this folded cuff to hide your hem when it is finished. Sew all the way around the edge of the fold. Then do this again on the other leg.
For the waist part of the leggings, you will do the same thing as you did with the bottom leggings, and fold it inward about an inch and then outward to form a cuff. Sew around the outside edge, the same way did on the bottom of your leggings, leaving about an inch open. The opening is to feed your elastic through.
If you are using my newborn pattern, cut your elastic about 13 inches. If you are not using my pattern, you measure the waist of your leggings, and cut your elastic one inch short than the waist. Once you have cut your elastic, pin one end of your elastic with a safety pin, to make it easier to feed the elastic through the waist. Use the safety pin to guide your elastic through the waist. Then overlap both ends of your elastic about an inch, and sew together with a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. I like to go over it a couple times to make sure that they hold together really well.
Push your elastic back into the waist so it can’t be seen, and then sew the opening back up with either your serger or zig zag stitch.
You should now have a fully sewn finished pair of super cute baby leggings! You can use the download link below to download a my newborn pattern. I hope these instructions were easy to follow! Please share, comment, and give feedback on this, and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions and share any pics of your finished leggings. I would love to see them!
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