Easy DIY leggings

Stretchy, comfy leggings are a staple in most girls’ wardrobes and the right pair can be awesome on little boys, too. Like most store-bought kids’ pants, though, they often seem to be a little shorter than you’d like or not fit well in the waist. When you do get a perfectly-fitting pair, expect to see them wrecked soon by a hole in the knee!

Luckily, leggings are also one of the easiest things you can sew, even if you’re a beginner. Depending on the size of your child, you’ll need less than one metre of fabric, making them far cheaper than leggings you buy in the store. You also don’t need a pattern — just an existing pair of leggings to copy.

Here’s how to take a well-fitting pair of leggings and sew many new pairs …

1. Pick out a fun, stretchy fabric and fold part of it over on itself, so the two “good” sides are touching. (Depending on the size of your child, 1 metre of fabric could get you 2-3 pairs of leggings.)

2. Take a pair of leggings that fit your child, fold them in half, and lay them on the fabric so the straight edge of the leggings is on the fold of the fabric.

3. Trace about an inch around the leggings. If you want them to be a little taller, now’s the time to add a few inches to the ankles. Same goes if you usually find leggings are tight across your child’s bum or waist — just draw that part larger.

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There are also instructions for a bonus (optional) step, which is making cuffs for the bottom of the leggings …




Be sure to check out the full tutorial over on The Mom Scene!


Soooo sparkly!


Seriously, THE SPARKLES! Aughhh!!! #loveit


2 Comments on “Easy DIY leggings

  1. They're well-constructed, fit exactly how I expected (I'm 5'10″ 125 lbs and the XS is great for me, even though they're probably shorter than on the model shown). The color of alo yoga pants was perfect for what I wanted and the material is soft and breathable.

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