Knit Bell Bottom Yoga Pants for ME {Tutorial}…


Looking for something a bit more comfy and lightweight to wear this Summer? (or how about, looking to not look like such a dork in clothing photos? What is this – my Victoria Secret pose? HA!)

How about a pair of knit yoga pants with a bell bottom leg?! I admit, these weren’t my idea. I had a pair like this years and years ago when I was pregnant with Chloe – and oh my, how I loved them. I practically lived in them! But alas, in the many years, moves and shuffles later – they have been lost.

As I was pulling out my same old yoga pants the other day to lounge around in, that old bell bottom pair popped into my head – and it suddenly dawned on me. DUH – I could make them. (hand slap on forehead, and it took you how long to realize that?!! Lol)

These are truly the most comfortable pants.  Plus they are not the same old, ‘I ran out of the house in my work out gear (aka – yesteryears sweatpants)’, but rather – yes these are made out of knit, and yes – I look awesome, thank you for noticing.

They look like an intentionally cute outfit. And you get bonus points if you wear a fun necklace with it!


Oh wait…look, I see some squirrels that I simply must stare down. Gah!

Ok, so you want to make a pair for yourself? Let’s get to it.

First off, decide the weight of the knit you want to use. This pair was made from a really light weight knit (think T Shirt knit) – which makes it super flowy and perfect for Summer. But if you are wanting to wear these pants in the cooler months, I would suggest a heavier knit (think interlock). They will still look great, and imagine them with comfy uggs and a fabulous cowl…yes.

Once you have your fabric, you will need a pair of leggings or yoga pants you already have on hand for sizing. Then…


(The leggings I used in the above picture for sizing were capris, so I had to adjust the bottom of my pattern to the length desired for pants.) 

Cut all the way to the top of the waistband on the leggings pattern.  Trust me for later on this one, you can always cut down if need be.   And cut down in an arc, the wider the arc – the more ‘belly’ your pants will be!

Repeat the front & back side seam sewing for other side of pants. Then…


At this point, I tried on the pants, only to see them belling out at the back of my bum.  If your baby don’t got back, you probably don’t need to worry about this.  But if Sir Mix-a-lot was your friend growing up, add a dart. 


Problem?  Now that you added your back dart, the front of your pants are too high.  Let’s adjust…


Okay, so the bottom of our pants are all set.  Time to make the waistband…


And there you go!  Some perfectly awesome, perfectly comfy, perfectly 70′s chic pants to rock out in…


I kick butt at taking photos of myself…clearly.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    Those are too cute. And taking pictures of ones self has to be the hardest thing ever. I know I would have a hard time!
    You look cute and comfy.

  2. says

    Okay. I’m going to do this. It’ll be my first time sewing for me, but I NEED these pants! I’ve been wearing the same yoga capris out and about, and you’ve convinced me that I can tackle a pair on my own. Thank you!! Wish me luck! :)

  3. says

    You are just too funny. And you just made me feel O.L.D.!!! I wore those big ‘ole bell bottoms in high school. And yes! It was back during their original period of the 70′s. LOL

  4. says

    Super cute! And I thought your poses were great, but was LOL at your added captions :) I’d love to whip up a pair of these! I have had a hard time finding any good knits at my local big box fabric stores…which are all I have nearby (relatively – still 1hr+ away). Where do your purchase yours? Do you ever order any online?

  5. says

    This post cracked me up…because #1 I am glad I am not the only one who pines for clothing that I previously wore….and #2 I LIVE in yoga pants (and I am glad I am not the only one)!

  6. says

    I was trying to make these and I was just wondering how wide you made yours at the bottom and where did you start it bellying out at? ( like the knee or below) thanks!

  7. Manda says

    Question about the tutorial – in the pic where you cut around leggings to make your pattern, is the fabric underneath doubled up? I’ve never made pants before – you must need 2 ‘sets’ of what you’ve cut in the first picture (with the leggings on top of your fabric) – for a total of 4 pieces of cut fabric that are the same? I just haven’t wrapped my head around it yet…

    • Dutchess says

      I was wondernig the same thing! I’ve never sewn anything before and I really want to try making these!

      I’m assuming the fabric is folded in half when you cut around the legging? That way you have two peiced of fabric to sew together?

  8. Ladyjane says

    What about front seam length to crotch vs the back seam length to croth? They wouldn’t be the same due to fabric needed to capture the butt?!

  9. Ashley says

    Just finished making these! Took me half a day (but I’ve never used a sewing machine before) and they were so easy to sew and they don’t look half bad either. I love them, thank you!

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