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Pattern Hack: Double Ruffle Capris (tutorial and pattern)

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Hey guys!  Remember my legging pattern from a few weeks back?  (The pattern was a shorts/capri/full length legging in sizes 3 to 8.)

I’ve got a cute pattern hack to share with you today! The original pattern included a flounced ruffle with the capri legging, but I wanted to create a looser fitting knit pant with a double ruffle hem.  (Not too loose of course, because my daughter reminds me constantly that she likes her pants “tight”.)

free ruffle legging pattern

I see these little pants all over the place  The style is so cute on little girls, especially in a stripe or chevron pattern.  I knew they would be fairly easy to make, since I already had the pattern.  I just needed to take the time to figure out how exactly I wanted to add the ruffle…

To get started, print the pattern.  (Find the pattern and tutorial here.)  Cut out the pieces and tape together.  Cut out size needed

Remember to never print patterns directly from google docs, you MUST save the pattern to your pc and open with adobe acrobat.  Otherwise your pattern will be too small.

Fold fabric in half and lay the pattern out on the fabric.  Cut the top half out as indicated by the pattern, but when cutting out the legs, widen them as shown below (the blue lines.)

Follow the pattern instructions for assembling the pants.  (Don’t hem the pants or add the flounce.)

The ruffle is 1/2 inch longer than the original pattern’s flounce, so you may want to shorten the length of the pant just a bit.  (I actually wanted mine even shorter and cut off about 2 inches.)

Measure the bottom of the pant and multiply that measurement x 4 (measurement A.)

Cut 4 fabric strips 3.25 inches tall by measurement A (width.)

Line the side edges of these strips up, right sides together, and sew, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Do this with all 4 strips. (you will have 4 fabric circles.)

Sew a gathering stitch along the tops of the four circles and pull on the bobbin thread to create 4 gathered circles.   (Tighten the gathers to the width of the pants.)

Line up one of the ruffles to the bottom of the pant, right sides together and pin in place.  Sew along the raw edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Do this on both legs.

It will look like this:
Grab the 2nd ruffle and line it up on the pant, where you want it to be.  (Mine was about 2 inches above the bottom ruffle.)


Use a ruler and mark 1/4th down from the top of the ruffle .

Cut along this line.

Slip the 2nd ruffle around the cut off piece.  The ruffle and the bottom of the pant should be facing up.  Pin and baste these pieces together.


Slip the bottom pant piece into the pant leg, right sides together and lining up the raw edges.  Pin in place.

Sew right below the gathering basting stitches.

Give the seam a gentle press with an iron.  Remove any of the basting stitches that show.  For a more polished look, you could can: finish the ruffle seam, press the seam allowance up and top stitch.

Like this tutorial?  Don’t forget to pin it!      

How to sew these darling ruffle pants, free pattern included (size 3 to 8)
I forgot to mention…  I made her little t-shirt using this iron-on I found at Hobby Lobby.

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  1. Jennifer McDonald says:

    What brand/type fabric did you use in this post? Where did you get it?

    1. This was a cotton/polyester knit from girl charlee (online)

  2. Shirlanne says:

    How would you add to do pants?? Have you done this?

    1. Hello, I have only made these knit ruffle pants with my legging pattern, I would imagine you could add ruffles to regular pants the same way.

  3. Erin Hilton says:

    I think I’m missing it in the instructions, but what type of fabric did you use? It doesn’t look like cotton and I want mine to look like yours. LOL Thanks so much, I do embroidery and applique and now to try my hand at making MATCHING sets! WOO HOO lol

    1. Hi, I used a lightweight knit. These are too slim fit for quilting cotton.

  4. Bernadyn Nettles says:

    These are so cute, love that pattern! My little girl would love this, I need to practice sewing more since I want to make more clothes for my daughter. I love how comfortable these pants look, thanks for the tutorial and pinning! Visiting from Lou Lou Girls. 🙂

  5. Kimberly Lewis says:

    Super adorable! pinned. Jessica love them so much that she chose them as her feature post. We will be spotlighting them at our party on Monday! Woo Hoo! We appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  6. Gina Wamsley says:

    Thanks for this tutorial!! I've been dying to try to make a pair of these! Pinning for later. 🙂

    1. Thanks Gina, they are pretty easy, though the original flounce version are slightly easier.

  7. Emily Thompson says:

    so cute!! I love the bounce ;o) Thanks for linking up to Create LInk Inspire party!! You are featured this weekend at Nap-Time Creations… I've spread the word around… would love a retweet or share if you get a chance ;o)

  8. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute! I would be dancing just like your daughter if I was her age.
    Thanks so much for sharing your ruffle pants with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  9. Lauren @ Bless'er House says:

    So adorable! And what a sweet little model. 🙂 It's times like these I wish I had the skills to sew. Never conquered that ability. You did a great job!!

    1. Thanks Lauren! Start with something easy. Little girls are the best to sew for. I call it instant gratification!

  10. Crochet Hooks says:

    Adorable! Love the ruffles and the chevron is perfect for these pants! Great tute, I would totally feel comfortable following the instructions and having a great pair of pants at the end!

  11. These are lovely and your daughter is very lucky to have such a crafty mama! 🙂 I am sure she showers you with request, doesn´t she? 🙂

    1. Thank you and yes she does!

  12. kristi dominguez says:

    These are too cute!! Absolutely adorable, Jamie!

  13. Is there a way to print these instructions without getting all the ads included? I'm new to this.

    1. Yes, there is a website called print friendly, it works like a charm!

  14. OMG these are just so cute!!! I would LOVE it if you have a moment to link these up to my Monday Morning MakeUp Madness Party!! Please and thank you
    confessions of the perfect mom {dot} com

  15. srpprcrftr says:

    The sewing projects you come up with are so cute. Makes me wish I had kids to sew for. Used to make lot of my kids clothes when they were little, they loved what I made and so did I seeing them in things. I learned to change things a tad, learned how to make pleats, little techniques. When my girls were 1 and 11 I made lavender dotted swiss dresses for them. Dresses were also their Easter dresses and little one's first b/d dress. I cherish the photos of them in dresses. Made shirts and shorts/pants for boys until they got to age they thought it was dorky.
    I always enjoy seeing what you make for your kids. You do beautiful job, very good seamstress. I've learned much from you seeing how you improvise.
    I might have seen them but seemed to pay more attention to kids clothes you make, do you make things for yourself? I used to make skirts, shorts, tops and dresses for myself but haven't for some time. I wear same clothes year in and out, put season away, get next season out, take good care of clothes, make them last. Must have something to with being raised by depression era parents. I do buy shorts and sometime a skirt at thrift store or a t-shirt at Walmart.
    So glad to see young Mothers sewing more for their families. I do make pillow covers, curtains, table runners often, but that seems to be extent of my sewing. Do you have a really good sewing machine that makes sewing easier for you?

    Did you sew as a kid? I made many of my clothes as a preteen and teenager in 50's. My Dad was sick whole time I was in high school and after so only my Mother working, I knew if I wanted new things or nice things I'd better make them myself, in those days patterns and fabric weren't so expensive. I wasn't ever told things were hard but duh, figured it out. At least can still get decent priced pattern of off shoots otherwise sewing not worth it unless just enjoy it.
    Thank you for sharing your patterns and ideas with other people. There are so many people that don't know how to sew even a button on now, hopefully you inspire them to give it a try. Happy summer days

    1. I was always interested in sewing. (Probably because I am short.) In college the lady I was a nanny for, taught me how to properly hem by hand, using a gauge and the iron. I finally took a real class about 15 yrs ago, and sewed on and off until my daughter was about 1. Once I saw how cute my guys looked in matching outfits, (and how expensive it was to buy them…)I started sewing again like mad!