Boring loungewear got you down? Then this tutorial is for you: custom-printed pants that match comfort with your personal style. Spoonflower’s own Katie B. is here today to show you how to stitch up the loungewear of your dreams. And with over 500k+ designs available in the Spoonflower Marketplace, there is a design for everyone. Follow along to learn how to make your own!
Materials you’ll need:
- 3 yards of Fleece or Minky fabric for adult-size pants -OR- 2 yards for child-size pants (Note: As of March 2023, we are phasing out our Fleece fabric and launching Polartec® Fleece, which will also work great for this project!)
- A pair of your own pants for the pattern (we’re using jeans, so it doesn’t matter what you use, as long as you like the fit!)
- 1” wide elastic
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
- Safety pin
Tip: All seams are sewn with a 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
1. Fold your yards of fabric in half lengthwise. Fold your pair of pants in half, leg over leg, and line up the outer leg seam of your pants on the fold.
2. Trace the shape of your pants onto the fabric, adding extra seam allowance extending 1.5” or more on the side (depending on how loose you’d like your legs to be), 2” from the top of your pants, and 3” from your hem.
3. Cut out the first piece of your loungewear.
4. Repeat the process to get the second piece. Or, lay out the piece you just cut, and cut around it.
5. Match up your two pant pieces and, with right sides pinned together, sew along the curve on the left and right sides. This will create your crotch seams.
6. Keeping the right sides together, open up the pants, line up, and pin the inseams of each pant leg. Stitch entire curve of the inseam into place.
7. To form the waistband, create a channel for the elastic at the top of the pants. With the wrong side facing you, fold over the top of the pants by 1 1/4”, leaving room for your elastic. Stitch along the folded edge of your channel with a ⅜” seam allowance, leaving a 1” opening between the beginning and end of your stitch line. You’ll feed the elastic through this opening.
8. Measure your waist, and cut a length of elastic to match that measurement. With a safety pin attached to one end of the elastic, feed the elastic through the waistband channel, taking care not to twist the elastic.
Tip: To keep both ends of elastic outside of the channel opening, pin one end of your elastic to your fabric right outside of the channel and feed the elastic with the other end.
9. Once your elastic is all the way through your channel, overlap the ends and sew together with a small zigzag stitch.
10. Tuck your elastic into the channel, and finish the opening with your machine or by hand. Hem your pants to your desired length and flip right side out.
Time to get cozy!