I’ve got a new free pdf pattern for you today! Learn how to sew leggings with this free girls legging pattern, in sizes 3 to 14. This Basic Legging Pattern is great for pros or beginners who are “dipping their toes” into the world of knits. The leggings can be easily made in less than an hour by following the included step by step tutorial style instructions.
Free Girls Legging Pattern
Ok, so this isn’t actually a brand new pattern – it’s an updated version of my previous legging pattern. I’ve added a few new sizes and raised the rise a bit since we are now liking the rise just a bit higher. (I also added a bit of length to the bottom of a few sizes.) ( UPDATE: as of 1/12/18, I’ve now added a size 14 to this pattern.) Already have this pattern? Skip directly to the sewing instructions found here.
It’s the perfect season for leggings right now. Not too cold just yet and when the weather does finally turn, they’ll make a great layering piece! Leggings are definitely a must-have in every girl’s closet. Leggings go with everything from dresses to tunics to tank tops and are so much comfier than denim or other non-stretch fabrics.
These leggings can be easily made in less than an hour by following the included step by step tutorial style instructions. Or if you would like to venture off and try a different style using the same pattern, I have a separate tutorial on how to add a yoga-style waistband to leggings here. This free legging pattern is available in sizes 3 through 14 years.
Styling Ideas for Your Leggings:
I’ve sewn several pairs over the last week and my missy and I have had fun coming up with a few new outfits! (Pretty much all the other items shown in these pictures are from Crazy 8 or Gymboree. Except for the embroidered sweater, that’s from Land’s’ End.
We totally need a sweater in red as these striped leggings are perfect for the holiday season!
(striped fabric found here.)
How to Sew Leggings
If you’ve never sewn leggings you should really give them a try. They are soo quick to make!! This particular pattern has only 2 seams and whether or not you choose to hem the bottom is up to you. Once you have gone through the tutorial and made one pair of leggings, you will be able to whip these leggings out in a very short amount of time.
Best Fabrics to Use with this Free Knit Legging Pattern
I’d like to chat a bit about fabric recommendations before moving on to the pattern download and sewing instructions. The fabric you choose to make this free girls legging pattern will make a huge difference in how happy you’ll be with your results.
Knit fabric comes in so many different weights, content, and stretch. It is important to use the right fabric for this project. I’ve tried a few different fabrics and definitely have my favorites.
- You need to look for a knit fabric with at least 50% stretch and around 4% or more lycra/spandex for recovery.
- I love the cotton lycra from Funkalicious fabrics most of her 3/8″ Cotton Lycra Stripe Knit Fabric is pretty great.
- Kaufman Laguna knit is also good, but a bit thinner than the cotton lycra from Funkalicious
- Riley Blake Cotton Jersey has great stretch and recovery, is a nice weight and has a ton of cute designs
- The BOLT line is slightly thinner but has great stretch and recovery for leggings.
- The “Premium Dots and Stripes” from NR Fabrics on Etsy are amazing to work with!!!
- If you are looking for ribbed knit for binding, the Fabric Fairy has a lot of good quality ribbed knit choices.
- I am sure there are other great fabric lines of great quality to choose from, but I have not personally tried them.
Fabric Amounts for Girls Legging Pattern:
- Sz 3 – 4: 3/4 yd
- Sz 5 to 8: 1 yd
- Sz 10 to 14: 1 1/4 yd
Materials Needed to Make this Free Legging Pattern for Girls:
- fabric (up to 1 1/8 yards of 58-inch fabric for a size 12)
- 1 inch elastic
Products Used and Recommended for this Legging Pattern:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Fabric.com, Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Ballpoint/stretch needles
- Ballpoint/stretch double needle
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start off with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
Free Legging Pattern Fit Chart:
Legging Pattern Tips:
- use fabric with a touch of lycra for recovery (at least 3 to 4%)
- must use knit w/ about 50% stretch for best results (see recommendations on page 1)
- .25 inch seam allowance included
- .5 inch bottom hem included