You may not know this but I like to sew – basic things. I have found that sewing baby slouchy type leggings are easier than I thought.
As, I’m learning how to sew at my own pace and on my own, I grabbed a harem-type leggings I already had on hand and I began to study the pattern of the legging. It seemed pretty easy as I saw that it only needs two pieces of fabric and a piece of elastic. Then, I finally decided to give it a try.
The final project ended to be awesome- a little wonky but still awesome! I just need a little more practice on sewing and this little project seams like a good one to practice my skills.
With this project, I hope you get inspired to grab your sewing machine and craft a pair of leggins for your kiddo. I suggest you get yourself an old pair of leggings that you already have, deconstruct it and cut your pieces out of them. Something that is crafted with your own hands, it always seems to be more appreciated and loved!
So now, let me show you how I made this pair of slouchy leggings for my little guy.
Slouchy-type leggings are on trend with a million print possibilities. You can even create your own fabric (like I did) via SpoonFlower.com and make your own baby leggings. Via SpoonFlower.com, you can purchase and create your own designs. For this legging tutorial, I designed the bold & the cross fabric as seen on the pictures and I only used a FAT QUARTER that costs only $10.50 but if you create your own design, it’s a little cheaper.
You can purchase my design in the CROSS fabric here.
You can purchase my design in the LIGHTNING BOLT fabric here.
P.S. You can even sew this type of legging on some old T-Shirts ( I will be showing you how on an upcoming post).
What you will need for a 3-6months leggins:
– A Pair of Leggings to get the pattern from
– Cotton Knit (Interlocking) Fat Quarter Fabric 21 x 18 (This size is only for leggings NB up to 6 Months)
– 2 inch Elastic
– Pins & Safety Pins
– Sewing Machine & Thread
First Step: Cut out your fabric. Turn your “pattern pants” inside out and place on top of the fabric and begin cutting leaving about 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Step Two: Turn your two pieces outside in. Sew the leg edges, leaving about 1/4 inch from edges. If you prefer you can sew a zig-zag-ish seam (simply change the stich to a zig zag pattern on your sewing machine) to prevent any fraying. Also, for Interlocking Knit, make sure to make tiny slits on the crotch area. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step.)
Step Three: Fold the bottom edge about 1/4 inch and use pins to hold. Carefully hem.
Step Four: Fold the top edge of the pants about 1 inch width and sew all the way around the bottom edge of the pants . Be sure to leave a 2 inch opening along the back edge of the pants.
Step Five: Measure your baby’s waist with the elastic and cut about 1 inch extra. Place a safety pin on each ends (This will make it easier to slide in the elastic) and slide it in the top edge of the pants.
Step Six: Then overlap the elastic 1 inch, then sew into place.
Step Seven: Sew the opening closed. Turn inside over and you are done! You are ready to try them on your little one.