Free Girl’s Legging pattern & Flounced Ruffle Capri Tutorial
- Depending on size and length, you will need up to 1 yard of stretchy knit fabric
- 1 inch or 3/4 inch elastic
- ball point/stretch needle
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 and print. (Do not print directly from Google Docs.)
- -Increase 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 I mentioned above.
- -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…)
- -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:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics, fabric.com 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
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
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!