I love sewing clothes for Indigo! I've made him jumpsuits, button down shirts and leggings...tons of leggings! Baby leggings are more comfortable than jeans and you can make them in so many awesome fabrics. Today I'm going to show you how to sew DIY Baby Leggings using a pair of PJ pants as a pattern. It's so easy, even for beginner sewers who aren't quite ready for sewing patterns!
Fabric: The best fabric for this project is cotton jersey. Cotton jersey has a soft hand, substantial weight (you don't want to use tissue thin jersey) and it's easy to sew. I sewed Indigo 2 pairs of leggings using these great prints from Fabric.com:
You also need a sewing machine (I used a serger too, but it's not necessary) and 1/2 inch braided elastic
I wanted to give a big thanks to Fabric.com for supplying the fabric for this sewing project! I've been a Fabric.com shopper for years and I'm so excited to be working with them! Fabric.com not only has an amazing fabrics, they also have a huge selection of yarn. Also, shipping is always free over $49
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Take your PJ pants and turn them inside out. Stick one leg inside the other. Fold the fabric over widthwise and line up the outside of the PJ leg with the edge of the folded fabric.
Using a ruler, cut out the pattern piece leaving an 1/2 inch edge around the leg and back/front center. Leave a 1 inch edge at the top where the waistband is.
Cut out a second pattern piece to make the other leg.
Sew the inside leg seam, with the fabric right sides together.
Here are both legs with the inside leg seam sewn.
Sew the center front and back seam together.
Take the elastic and wrap it around your child's waist. Make sure it's taught, but not stretched out. Cut the length needed. Fold the waistband over 1/2 inch and stitch down, leaving a small opening to insert the elastic through. Insert a safety pin through the end of the elastic and feed through the band. Sew the ends of the elastic together and topstitch the waistband opening closed.
To make the cuffs, measure the width across the bottom of your pants and double it (mine was 7 inches) Using a ruler, cut 2 rectangles that measure 4 inches high and whatever the width of the bottom of the pants is.
Fold the cuffs in half (shorter sides together- and right sides of the fabric together) and sew the seam. Turn right side out and fold over.
Sew the cuffs to the legs on the inside of the fabric.
Since these leggings were so fast & easy to make, I sewed Indigo a second pair in this cotton jersey by Bolt by Girl Charlee. I love the cross stitch arrow print!