There are a million and a half legging tutorials out there and how to make your own. No joke. This is one of them. How is this any different than the others? The tutorial is illustrated(makes it easier in some parts, in my opinion), I don’t thread the elastic, there’s NO HEMMING required and this tutorial includes a printable pattern for leggings size 9-12 months. I hate hemming and threading elastic. Don’t you? See the list of a few of my favorite legging tutorials at the end of the tutorial.
I used a vintage knit given to me from my friend, Stacy, gave to me not long after I had Felix. I’ve been meaning to make leggings out of this since I first laid eyes on this awesomeness. I love the little monsters and random illustrations!
Once I figured out the pattern, these little leggings took about 10 minutes to whip up. I stitched together another pair for a friend of mine who just had a baby boy not too long ago. Make these baby leggings for a baby boy, baby girl or for a friend who’s choosing not to find out the sex of her little one. Check out the tutorial after the jump.
• BASIC BABY LEGGINGS •
Supplies: sewing machine, knit fabric (1/2 yard to be safe), 1 inch elastic, scissors, pins
- Print out your pattern and assemble. Cut out fabric pieces along a fold and perpendicular to the stretch of your knit. Refer to the diagram above.
- Turn fabric wrong-side out and sew along side seams. Do the same for the cuffs.
- Turn each piece right-side out and press seams. Fold the cuffs in half, so the ends of each seam meet together. The wrong side of the fabric should not show on the cuffs.
- Attach the cuffs to the leggings by pinning right sides together and sewing along the edge. Turn cuffs over and press seams.
- With your leggings right-side out, pin the legs together, starting with the inseam. Match the inseam together and pin out to each side.
- Once you’ve finished pinning, sew along the two edges. Turn right-side out and press the seam.
- Cut a 16 inch length of your elastic. Zig zag stitch ends together. Pin to the right side of the waist of your leggings and sew with a small zig zag stitch.
- Turn the elastic over and press along the seam. Zigzag stitch the elastic into place.
Click the button below for the pattern and printable instructions.
• OPTIONAL •
You can easily adjust this pattern to different sizing by using old leggings as a guide for your pattern. Check out these other leggings tutorials for more ideas: Basic Leggings • Printed Leggings • Ruffle Bum Leggings • Ruched Leggings • Making Leggings
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