Easy Knit Pants DIY

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Looking for some easy pants that you can wear during the Summer, that will move with the breeze? How about a nice pair of easy knit pants. These easy knit pants are quick to sew together, and super comfortable. After all, nothing is worse than tight pants in the heat. With a nice wide leg, these pants can be dressed up or down, and are perfect Summer Style.

How to sew an easy pair of Knit Pants DIY

How to Sew an Easy Pair of Knit Pants  ||  www.sewingrabbit.com

How to Sew an Easy Pair of Knit Pants  ||  www.sewingrabbit.com

  • 1.5 Yards Knit Fabric
  • Regular Fit (not tight) Sweatpants for pattern
  • 2″ Wide Elastic
  • Basic Sewing Supplies

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  1. Materials Needed.
  2. Place your sweatpants upon your fabric, cut around the front and back of your sweatpants. Add 1″ to the top of the pants for a higher waist, and lengthen the bottom to your desired length (better to go longer, as you can always cut off excess later when determining your hem length). Arc out on the sides – the bigger the arc, the wider the leg. Too big of an arc though, and you will need more fabric as you will not be able to fit it all on the one fold. Cut (2) front pieces, and (2) back pieces.
  3. Place your (2) front pant pieces right sides together, and sew the crotch curve together. Repeat for (2) back pieces.
  4. Place front and back right sides together and sew sides and inner leg together.
  5. Cut a piece of elastic the same size as your waist, you want it to be snug when wrapped around.
  6. Sew raw ends of your elastic together, using a 1″ seam allowance. Press seam allowance open, and sew edges down.
  7. Attach the elastic waistband to the top of your pants. Pin at front and sides, and stretch pants as you sew the bottom edge of the elastic onto the top edge of your pants.
Try them on, hem the bottom to your desired length, and go!

They are really simple, and once you get the hang of them you can whip them out in under an hour. I already have 2 pairs of these pants, and love them! They are perfect for pairing with tanks on a breezy Summer night.

Double Overlock Bernina Stitch  ||  www.sewingrabbit.com For a more in depth tutorial on the elastic waistband, you can reference to Dana’s circle skirt found here. She uses the same technique.

The stitch I used to sew with my knits was a stretch stitch found on my Bernina 350 PE. Stitch Number 8, a double overlock. It’s pretty much my new favorite stitch, and works on knits beautifully. It has completely eliminated the need for an overlock machine for me. (Pictured on the left).

I am so in love.

How to Sew an Easy Pair of Knit Pants  ||  www.sewingrabbit.com

The knit fabric used for the pants was purchased at Jo-Anns, found in their apparel fabric section.  Picked up on a whim, and was a total score. Especially because for some reason, this type of fabric is always on sale at my local store. Am I the only apparel seamstress in the area? I love it.

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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 SewSet.com, 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

    The knit fabric is beautiful! They look great. I need to make a pair to upgrade my sweat, I mean yoga pants that I am so fond of wearing once I became SAHM. (It took me a while to figure out what that acronym meant. :)) Great job!

    • Jess says

      EXACTLY Olga!!!! HA! Its like, who me? I am not wearing yoga pants – oh no no no no. These are nice pants that I dressed up………………….with an elastic waistband and stretch. HA!

    • Jess says

      Thanks Tricia!! It was totally on sale for like $8 a yard, or something ridiculously cheap. Total score, and would be perfect for maternity….ahem.

        • Jess says

          Oh my goodness Tricia – I had just found out a friend of mine was pregnant, and for some reason when I read your name – I thought you were her!! DUH! Smacking myself in the head over that one. I had to re-read your comment reply like 4 times until I got what I had done. Lol. But hey….you never know :)

  2. says

    Love it Jess, they look great! I’ve always made pants for the kids that way but I’ve never tried to make some for myself. I’ve been a bit addicted to sewing with knits lately so I’ll have to give these a go!

    • Jess says

      They are awesome Ros – I am kind of in love with them, I have 2 pair already – and am considering my third now :)

    • Jess says

      I did Shannon! That took me all of 5 minutes to make, maybe less. Old regular Black T-Shirt, cut off neckline and sleeves. BAM. Insta-tee.

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