Recreate Your Favorite Pair of Leggings

Updated on May 9, 2020

Never Lose Your Favorite Leggings Again

Have you ever had a favorite pair of leggings that fit your perfectly? And then they ripped? I certainly have. Then, to make matters worse, I could never find the same pair of leggings in the store again. With this tutorial, you never have to worry about that again. You can recreate your favorite pair of leggings at home! Even better, you can do it with any fabric you want and have a closet full of your favorites in every color and pattern!

What You'll Need

  • Your Favorite Pair of Leggings
  • 1-2 Yards Knit Fabric - the exact amount of fabric depends both on the width of fabric, and the size of leggings. Most people will be able to use 1 yard of 60" wide fabric or 2 yards of 45" wide fabric.
  • Coordinating Thread
  • 2" Wide Elastic
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Stretch Sewing Machine Needles

Step 1: Cut Out Your Fabric

Cut Out the Back

Lay out your fabric flat on a large table or on the floor. It should be folded in half so there are two layers. Fold your leggings in half so the back side is out. Lay the leggings flat on top of your fabric and pin around the edges. Cut around the leggings, leaving about a 1/4" of fabric around the edge for seam allowance.

Cut Out The Front

Unpin the leggings from the fabric and fold them in half the other way, so that the front side of the leggings is now on the outside. Lay the leggings back on the fabric and pin them down. To ensure a better fit, fold the crotch edge in about 1" so that the curved edge is shorter than on the back pieces. The back of the waistband on the leggings may also show above the edge at the top and this, too, should be folded under. Cut around the leggings, once again leaving a 1/4" for seam allowance.


The front and back pieces are very similar, so in order to keep the front and back pieces straight, I put different colored pins in the pieces, white for back, and red for front.

Step 2: Create Inside Leg Seams

Pin one front piece to one back piece, right sides together, along the curved edge of the leggings.

Using a stretch needle and a zig zag stitch, sew the seam together using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Repeat with other leg.

Step 3: Create Outside Leg Seams

Pin the front and back of each leg along the straight side to create two separate legs. Sew the seams together, once again using the zig zag stitch.

Step 4: Sew Legs Together

Now that you have both legs sewn, turn one leg right side out and insert it inside the second leg so the right sides are together. Pin the legs along the long curved edge.

Zig zag the pinned edge together with a 1/4" seam.

Turn right side out. You now have the main body of your leggings!

Step 5: Add the Waistband

Measure the waist opening of your leggings. Add 1/2" to that number and cut your elastic at that length (e.g. if it measures 35" your elastic should be 35 1/2" long). Pin the ends of the elastic band together and straight stitch 1/4" from the raw edge.

Pin the elastic to the waist of your leggings with the elastic seam at the back. (This seam can now mark which side is the back, rather than the colored pins.) Rather than pinning right sides together, as usual, overlap the bottom of the elastic band with the waist of the leggings about 1/4" so the elastic is on the outside.

Outside view of pinned elastic
Outside view of pinned elastic
Inside view of pinned elastic
Inside view of pinned elastic

Sew the elastic to the waist with the elastic up. Sew with a zig zag stitch 1/4" from the bottom edge of the elastic.

Step 6: Hem Legs

Turn leggings inside out. Turn the bottom edge of each leg up about 1/2" towards the inside. Zig zag stitch around the hem to create a finished edge.


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