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Free Girl’s Legging Pattern (includes full length legging, flounced capri and shorts)

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New pattern for you today!  Free Girl’s Flounced Ruffle Capri Legging pattern.  (Looking for the Basic Full Legging, capri and shortie pattern?  I moved it here.)

free flounced legging pattern

It’s only taken about a year since I promised it, but I’ve finally gotten around to updating my flounced capri pattern that I posted almost 2 years ago.  (The original legging pattern was only in 2 sizes and had inner and outer side seams.)  

Flounce Capri Pattern info

  • This new version of the pattern comes in girl’s sizes 3 to 8
  • Capri pattern has only one seam (inner side seam)
  • Pattern has cut marks for shorts and full length leggings and capri length
  • The flounce option is only sized for the capri length.   
  • If you need a different size or want to add a flounce to the shorts or full length version be sure to check out the original tutorial since it details how to make a legging pattern and flounce pattern for any size.

Recommended Fabric for Leggings

  1. Fabric with 4 way stretch. 2 way stretch wont work as you need the fabric to stretch in all directions for leggings.
  2. Fabric with a bit of lycra, spandex or elastane content. (helps with recovery) You really don’t want to use 100% cotton on any leggings (except maybe leggings for pajamas,) because the knees will stretch out and not go back to the original shape until washing.
  3. Enough thickness to not be see through. 
    • Brushed Poly Spandex Knit
    • nylon spandex,
    • cotton spandex
    • bamboo jersey

how to sew a flounce ruffle on leggings

The fabric I used for these leggings actually came from a maxi dress I found on the clearance rack at Ross for $5.  I originally planned to upcycle it into a maxi dress for my missy, but decided it would be cuter as a pair of summer capris. 

Can I just say how much I love flounced ruffles? (and pink)  

Sadly, my missy has recently informed me that her new favorite color is blue and purple, so I guess be prepared for more blue and purple and less pink…  sniff, sniff. (See my flounced sleeve peasant dress here.)

free girls legging pattern

The fit on the leggings is slightly looser than my basic legging pattern.

Ready to Sew a Pair of Flounce Leggings?

Grab the pattern here.

Pattern info and tips: 

  • -Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance unless otherwise stated-Download and save the pattern to your computer, open with adobe reader, turn off all scaling, choose auto rotate and print.  (I can’t guarantee printing accuracy unless you use their free adobe reader to print.)
  • -Since you are sewing on a knit, if not using a serger, I recommend increasing the stitch length by a setting or two when using a straight stitch.
  • -Use a Ball point needle and a skinny zig zag or other stretch stitch on seams that need to stretch.
  • -The flounce is only sized to fit the capri length.  If you want to add a flounce to the other sizes, it not very hard to make your own flounce pattern.  Just refer to the original tutorial here, as it includes instructions on how to add a flounce to any size.
  • -Make sure your fabric has at least a 50% stretch.  Otherwise your child might not be able to pull them on. (ask me how I know that, lol)
  • -I added a 1/2 inch hem allowance for the full length legging and shorts.  I suggest trying the shorts/leggings on before hemming.  (you can leave your knits un-hemmed if you wish, you may need to trim the length… )

Products used and recommended in this post:

  1. My favorite fabric shop for knits:  Funkalicious and Girl Charlee.
  2. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
  3. My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
  4. Rotary Cutter
  5. I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
  6. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
  7. Ball Point needles
  8. Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
  9. Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
Fit Chart:
Size  Height     Weight (these are approximate)
3t:    36 inches     32
4:     39 inches     36
5:    42 inches      42
6:    47 inches      48
7:     51 inches     60
8:     53 inches    66


Free Girl’s Legging pattern & Flounced Ruffle Capri Tutorial

Save this pattern for later by pinning here ==>>   

Materials needed

  • Depending on size and length, you will need up to 1 yard of stretchy knit fabric
  • pattern
  • 1 inch or 3/4 inch elastic
  • ball point/stretch needle

Step 1. Assembling pattern and cutting out pattern pieces.

Trim the pattern pieces around the gray boxes, line up the A, B, C and D dots.  Tape pattern together and cut out the size needed.  (I cut out the longest length needed and folded the pattern up to the capri length, so I can reuse the pattern later.)

*The legging length is based on standard generic child measurements.  If your child is shorter or taller than average, I recommend comparing the pattern length to a pair of leggings/capri’s/shorts that you know is a good length.

If you are adding the flounce to the capri’s, cut out 4 flounce pieces w/ the flounce pattern.  If you are not adding the flounce to the capri, trim 2 inches off the length for sizes 6, 7 and 8 and 1.5 from the 3, 4 or 5.

Fold fabric in half, with the stretch running side to side and cut out two pattern pieces.

Step two: Sewing the leggings.

Line up the two fabric pieces, right sides together and sew (or serge) the front and back together as shown below, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Flip the leggings around so the front and back seams and leg seams line up.  Sew along the leg seams using a 3/8 seam allowance.  (shown below and yes, 3/8 is correct)

Line up two of the flounce pieces, right sides together and sew together using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Repeat for the 2nd flounce.

Right sides together, line up the inner flounce edge with the bottom of the leggings and attach with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Repeat on the other leg.  You may want to use a stretch stitch here if you have one on your machine.  (I used the one that looks like a lightning bolt.)

Cut a piece of 1 inch elastic to your child’s waist measurement plus one inch.  Overlap the edges of the elastic (1/2 inch each side) and sew together with a tight zig zag.  Trim excess elastic.

If you don’t have a child to measure, you can use these standard measurements:  3: 20.5  4: 21  5: 21.5  6: 22  7: 22.5  8: 23

Divide the elastic circle and legging waistband into quarters and mark with pin or fabric marker.  Line up the marks and pin together, lining the elastic about 3/8 inch below the edge of the fabric.  (sorry to switch fabric on you…  I didn’t like the original photos and she wore her capris to school today.)

Attach the elastic to the legging, using a long, wide zig zag stitch.  Sew from pin to pin, stretching the elastic to the width of the legging as you go.

Fold the elastic over and pin in place.  Using a zig zag or stretch stitch sew right along the edge of the elastic. (but not on the elastic.)

Trim any excess fabric and don’t forget to add a tag!

You are done!

Save this pattern by pinning here ==>   

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  1. Love this pattern!!! I followed your instructions exactly for the first pair I made, and then I did a little modification that I LOVE for the 2nd pair! I shortened the waist rise and added a soft semi yoga style waist band instead. That allowed me to color block and I love that kind of waist band! lol The flounces I also changed a bit the 2nd go around. I took the flounce pattern and made 2 flounces: one flounce, I took the outer edge out by 1/2 inch all the way around, the other flounce I brought it in by 1/2 inch. That left me with 2 flounces with about an inch difference in length and I love how it looks that way! I’m definitely going to make some shorts with this pattern too! Thank you again sooo much!!

  2. Trying to work out the printing of this pattern. Don't have adobe reader so I'm using the PDF program I have. When I remove the formatting does the whole pattern fill the page or is it not quite to the edges? Thanks!

    1. Hi, the pages are 7.5 by 10, so if you are printing on an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper, the gray box will not fill the page.
      Looks like this: page

    2. Oh great! Thanks, that's what mine looked like. Just wanted to make sure. So excited to make these pants.

  3. Please tell me which grain direction of the fabric to cut the pattern. Thank you.

  4. I absolutely love this! Question: How would I scale this down to an 18 month size? Thank you!

  5. Thanks so much for this leggings pattern which I am using to make my son's Halloween costume this year. I am a little confused though — I think there is a typo in the pattern. The "front" is really the "back". When printed and taped together, the rise is higher and the seat is fuller which to me signals it is in fact the "back". I noticed that in your photo of the pattern, the "front" and "back" are not identified. Please confirm. Thanks again, Neeta

    1. You are very right! I'm so glad you caught that… I'll get it fixed and re-uploaded.
      Thanks, Jamie

  6. Thank you so much, I really appreciate all of the time and effort it took to create both the pattern and the tutorial 🙂

  7. Hi Jamie, I was trying to download the file but it says it can't be downloaded because too many people have already downloaded and that i may have to wait 24 hours to download. Can anything be done about this or am I just going to have to wait it out?

    1. This is some sort of bug on Google's end. Are you logged in with google? (I just created a new gmail account and logged in, and it was working.) Also here is a work around posted by someone yesterday:

      "I found a weird workaround. At first I was just trying to download the pattern to my desktop, which is what gave me the error. Then I hit print, which opened up an Adobe Reader dialogue box. Then I hit cancel print, which left the PDF open in Reader. From there I was able to save it to my desktop from this weird shadow menu that appeared at the bottom of the document if I sort of hovered my mouse over it. Bizarre, but I made it work. Thanks! I can't wait to get started."

      Let me know if this works for you and hopefully this will be fixed soon, because all of my patterns are stored on google drive.
      Good luck,

    2. Hi Jamie, Love the leggings. There is no pattern pieces to print out. I see the tutorial, but no pattern. Is there another way to get it? Thanks your help.

  8. Thanks for sharing and the awesome tutorial. which many of us of poop sappy sewers really need! We really appreciate your hard work and making our grandma years easier!!! 🙂

  9. Seriously?!? These are adorable! You are so talented and kind to share this. Thank you!

  10. Thank you for posting. My girls always need leggings, and we have a difficult time finding them some times. These are so much cuter than what we find in the store too. I can't wait to give them a try.

  11. These are DARLING!!! If only I had a little girl to make them for! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Exchange!

  12. Super cute! pinned. Thanks again, for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  13. What cute pants! I love the thick striped pattern that you chose. Thanks for sharing with us at Much Ado About Monday. Enjoy your weekend!
    ~Emily @ Huckleberry Love

  14. Oh, we must be kindred spirits! I made my (first ever) pair of leggings for my daughter out of the same knit owl pattern you have there! I can't wait to make these – thank you so much for posting at A Pretty Life's link party today. PS – pinned for a project.

  15. These are so cute and so trendy right now… you can never have too many pairs of leggings and so simple to make… thanks for sharing… Cathy

  16. Thank you so much for putting this together. I will definitely be using this pattern!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing! I've been looking for some kind of leggings pattern and yours is perfect for summer 🙂