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How to make leggings
You don't need to spend the big bucks at American apparel to get the look that you want. With some stretching fabric and a little bit of work, you will be making your own hand made legging collection.

Posted by Chelsea M. from Nashville, Tennessee, United States • Published See Chelsea M.'s 6 projects »
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  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start off with a pattern. This shows you how to make the measurements you need to make your own pattern. If you don't want to go through the trouble, you can simply buy a pattern.

    I used McCall's M5759 pattern and made a few minor adjustments

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold your fabric length wise with both the right sides facing up so that you can make two identical pieces.

    Lay the pattern in the middle of the fabric.

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pin the pattern to the fabric

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut around the pattern. I kept some length to the legs because I wanted the leggings to go down to my ankles.

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 5
    Step 5

    Separate the two leg pieces and fold each of them in half length wise with the right sides facing in.

    pin the edges

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew the inner leg edges of each leg using a double stitched seam

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stop sewing right before you get to the crotch on each leg.

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 8
    Step 8

    Press the seam allowances of each leg

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now you have 2 legs with pressed seam allowances

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold one of the legs right side out.

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 11
    Step 11

    You have turned one leg right side out. Slip it into the remaining leg.

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 12
    Step 12

    Stitch around the crotch using a Double Stitched seam.

    Press seam allowances

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pull the leg out of the other and now it's time to make the band

    Fold the upper edge of leggings inside along the fold line.

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 14
    Step 14

    Press the Fold

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 15
    Step 15

    Stitch along the fold line leaving a small opening to fit the elastic into.

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 16
    Step 16

    Measure your waist line and add 2 inches onto the band.

    Put a safety pin through the elastic band and pull it through the waist line

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 17
    Step 17

    Pull it through until it comes out the other side

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 18
    Step 18

    Sew the elastic together and sew the opening of the waist band up.

  • How to make leggings. Leggings - Step 19
    Step 19

    Fold your leggings right side out and try them on!

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Heather D.
Heather D. · 2 projects
Oh thank goodness - I though I was going to have to go dig around in my mother's pattern box for a pattern, now I can just use this! Definitely going to show a version once I've made these up!
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Dian
Dian · 9 projects
this fabric i completly love it!
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Mousey
Mousey · Parañaque, Metro Manila, PH · 85 projects
ack! Thank you Happy I plan on trying this out Tongue
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naruto uzumaki
naruto uzumaki · 5 projects
can you use some black t-shirts insted????????????
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KageG
KageG · Bristol, England, GB · 20 projects
Argh, I loves it!
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tula t.
tula t. · Sydney, New South Wales, AU · 2 projects
OMG!!! you are the best this is SWeeet.... i am in so much need of leggings at the moment and you just saved me from buying some.... FANKIES =3
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Princess Roni
Princess Roni · Southampton, England, GB
i,ve been wanting to make some funky leggings for ages now
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linda.
linda. · 27 projects
I want to make a pair sooo bad right now.
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