What’s adorable, uses only a quarter yard of fabric, and sews up in under an hour? These knit baby leggings! We can’t get over them. These things are as easy to make as they are cute (and they’re really cute). Join Spoonflower friend and contributor Anda Corrie as she walks you through these DIY knit leggings, and bookmark this page–you’ll definitely want to make more than one pair. More of an audio/visual learner? Skip down to the bottom of the post and check out the step-by-step video with Spoonflower team member Meredith. Let’s get started!
Luxe Chevron in Mint, Coral and Gold Dust by Willowlanetextiles
Anda: Let’s make baby leggings! First, you want a stretchy fabric. I’m obsessed with Spoonflower’s Organic Cotton knit at the moment— it’s super soft, a little thicker than many jersey knits, and I find it makes awesome baby clothes. There are many different knits available at Spoonflower, so choose the knit fabric that’s right for you. The pattern I’ve included for download is for size 6m. If you have a favorite pair of leggings that already fit your child, try folding them in half like the pattern demonstrates and tracing them instead. It will be hard to make any sizes larger than 9m with a fat quarter, however.
- Baby leggings pattern
- one fat quarter of knit fabric (I’m using Spoonflower’s Organic Cotton Interlock Knit fabric–manufactured in the USA)
- matching thread (polyester or cotton will both work fine)
- 17.5” of ¾” wide elastic
- A sewing machine!
From the remaining fabric in the center, cut two 4” x 6.25” rectangles.
Open up the pattern pieces and place with right sides facing. The wider edge is the waistband. Pin from sides of waist to where the fabric makes a point and sew with a straight stitch and a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Next, open up the pants so the seams you’ve just sewn are now in the center instead of on the sides. They should resemble baby leggings at this point. Line up the legs as shown, pin, and sew along the inseam.
I like to stitch the elastic directly to the back of the leggings to keep it in place. After doing this, fold over about 1” of fabric around the elastic and stitch. Be careful not to catch the elastic as you go!
Straight stitch along the short end of each 4″ x 6.25” rectangle, making two little tubes. Fold them in half and then put them over the bottom of each pant leg, with raw seams all together.
Zig zag stitch around raw seams, turn right side out and you’re all done. Now you’ve got a perfect, snuggly pair of leggings for your little one. Stitch up a few more in coordinating colors, or sew one and gift to a friend!
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About Our Guest Blogger
Anda Corrie is an American illustrator, Etsy designer, and émigré living in Berlin, Germany with her small family. In her spare time she obsesses over vintage children’s books, makes homemade schnapps, sews tiny dresses that her 4-year-old stubbornly refuses to wear, and draws. Visit her Spoonflower shop for some lovely hand drawn fabric designs and her Etsy shop, Boosterseat.