How to make yoga waistband leggings.
(return to page 1 for photo styling, knit tips and favorite knit fabric resources)
Use your favorite legging pattern or grab the free legging pattern in girls sizes 3 to 14 from here and then come back to this page for the directions as they are different from the original patterns directions.
- fabric (up to 1 yard for size 10 and down. You will need 1 1/8 yards of 58-inch fabric for a size 12 and 14)
- Basic sewing supplies
Pattern Tips (if using my legging pattern):
- Enter your name and email to download the pattern. Save it to your PC, open the pdf document in adobe acrobat. Don’t print from google’s online version of adobe. (It will sometimes cause the pattern to print too small.) *there is also a new option to print only the size needed)
- 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
Tips for sewing with knits:
- Use a ballpoint/stretch needle
- Sew seams with either a serger, stretch stitch, narrow zig zag or a straight stitch with a longer stitch length and a slightly loosened tension. (Make a couple of practice stitches on your fabric to see what works best.) I also like to use this “lightning bolt” stretch stitch on seams that need strength but a little give. (For my project I used a combination of straight stitch and serger for seams and zig zag, double needle on the hems.)
- Use spray starch when pressing hems. Sew hems with a zig zag, twin ball point needle, narrow zig zag with a long stitch length or a straight stitch with a long stitch length and a slightly loosened tension or leave raw. (also helps to use a walking foot.)
- If you find your fabric keeps getting pulled inside the needle plate, place a small piece of tissue underneath the fabric, so the feed dogs have something to grip.
Step 1: Print pattern, tape together and cut out size needed.
Once you have downloaded the pattern to your desktop and opened it in the free adobe reader program, there’s a new printing option for you. You can now print only the size needed. (this pattern only, I’ll slowly go back and start updating the older patterns.) This function is super handy and makes it much less confusing when cutting the pattern, plus I love that it enables me to print in black and white. (that color ink can be pricey!)
Legging pattern assembled:
Step 2: Cut out pattern pieces.
Fold fabric in half so it is selvage to selvage and cut out 2 legging pieces. (When cutting leggings, you either have to fold the fabric like this or flip the pattern over when cutting one leg at a time. That way you will have a right and a left leg.
Slide the pattern down and trim 2 inches off the top of your legging pieces. (You could trim the pattern itself and cut the pieces out that way, but I did not want to cut into my pattern.)
Step 3: Get measurements and cut out yoga waistband piece.
Measure child around waist and cut a strip of fabric 6 inches tall by the width of the waist measurement. Make sure the direction of stretch is in the same direction of the waist measurement. If you have to cut 2 separate pieces for the waistband, add .25 inches and use a .25 inch seam allowance when sewing them together.
(no photo for this step)
Step 4: Legging assembly.
First, decide if you want to hem your leggings. It is possible to hem after assembled, but it is much easier to hem before sewing the legs together. If you’re making these using the serger only, here is a tutorial for a blind hem using the serger. (otherwise, I recommend using a zig zag stich or double needle on your sewing machine.) If hemming, fold bottom edge over 1/2 inch, press and hem both legs before moving on.) (These are sleeves, but same concept.)
Right sides together, line up pants and sew front and back seams together as shown below:
Line up the top front and back seams and leg seams. Sew together as shown below.
Step 5: Assemble waistband.
Line waistband up right sides together as sew with a .25 inch seam allowance. Depending how you cut it out, you may have one long piece or 2 smaller pieces.
Fold waistband in half as shown below. Divide the waistband and the top of the leggings into 4 equal sections. Mark with pins or disapearing ink marker.
Line up top/raw edge of legging (right side out) with raw edges of waistband. Line up the 4 separate marks and pin all pieces together at these marks.
Sew waistband to legging top, stretching waistband as needed to from pin to pin. Be very careful to not serge over the pins!
That’s it, you are done!
If you make a pair of these leggings, be sure to share a photo to my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram and use #scatteredmompatterns!