Paper Bag Pants Pattern – Dressing With Comfort Made So Easy

paper bag pants pattern

The paper bag pants pattern is a favorite of casual chic dressers.  It is a super easy project perfect for sewing over the weekend.  If you pair it with a cardigan and booties, vans shoes or sandals it is sure to become your favorite outfit when you are hoping to look cool but not overdressed.  For me, it is my Sunday afternoon casual look and was my favorite pair when I was expecting with two kids.

paper bag pants pattern

Two pockets in the front will ensure you can carry a few things like your phone and wallet.  It is also great for posing for pictures if that is important to you, I just love to place my hands inside my pockets when I am standing around.

paper bag pants pattern

The elastic waistband gives you room for a curvy bum or gives shape to a flat one.  Two pockets in the front and a belted waistband to tie your pants around your waist, tapered legs that fall just above your ankles round up this very comfortable design.

paper bag pants pattern

Experience level: Confident beginner

Materials

  • 1.5 to 2 yards of cotton, cotton blend, Linen, Tencel, lightweight corduroy fabric but my favorite wool super 100 for size 16 use a woven fabric with 6-10% stretch
  • Thread to match
  • 1.5″wide elastic as wide as your waist
  • 2 X 1″ grommets
  • 2 small pieces of fusible interfacing the size of the grommets.
  • 2 yards of satin or make your own tie using the same fabric

Tools

All tools are ideal but not essential

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Sizing Guidance

Pattern suits Body Sizes from 6 to 16.

How To Print And Assemble Your Pattern

Use Adobe Reader, Landscape Mode, and Actual Size to print the pattern.  You do not need any other program to print this pattern.

Note:  The waistband, hem allowance, and seam allowance are not included in the pattern.

How To Sew Your Paper Bag Pants

This paper bag pants pattern has no seam allowance so you need to add them yourself.

Step One:  Sewing The Slanted Pockets

These pants have slanted pockets.  All slanted pockets are sewn the same way.

Print side up of the front of the pants.  Print side down of side A pocket.  Turn iron and top stitch.

paper bag pants pattern

paper bag pants pattern

paper bag pants pattern

paper bag pants pattern

paper bag pants pattern

paper bag pants pattern

Align Pocket Side B print side down with Side A and stitch around the pocket. 

Use the serger or your sewing machine as I did to seal or clean the seams.

paper bag pants pattern

Step Two:  Joining The Legs Together

Here is the way I prefer to sew the legs of any pair of pants.  Front sides with prints together, sew from the waistband to the crotch but stop about 2″ from the end. Repeat the same on the backsides.

paper bag pants pattern

paper bag pants pattern

Sew the sides and the inner thighs. Use your serger to clean the sides and the inner thighs.

paper bag pants pattern

Finally, finish sewing the crotch.

Step Three:  Making The Waistband

paper bag pants pattern

Measure the circumference of the waistband.   

You will need these measurements to cut the fabric needed for the waistband X 8″ plus the seam allowance.

paper bag pants pattern

Fold the waistband and sew the sides together.

paper bag pants pattern

Fold the waistband from top to bottom. Mark the placement of the grommets on the front side of the waistband.  Each grommet will be located at the sides of the seam allowance two inches from the folded edge.

paper bag pants pattern

Apply the fusible interfacing where the grommets are to be placed.

paper bag pants pattern

If you do not know how to place grommets here is a tutorial for you. https://so-sew-easy.com/sewing-with-grommets-eyelets/

paper bag pants pattern

Fold the waistband then sew a stitching line on top of the grommets 1 3/4″ from the folded edge.

paper bag pants pattern

Align the grommets to the front of the pants and sew the waistband to the pants leaving a small opening so you can insert the elastic.

paper bag pants pattern

paper bag pants pattern

Using a bodkin or a safety pin insert the elastic.  Sew the elastic then close the waistband.  Use your serger to clean the seam allowance.

Step Four:  Hem The Pants

The best way to hem pants is using a blind hem or by hand.

All that remains to be done is make the pants tie using a 3/4″ satin ribbon or make your own using a strip of fabric from the pants.

To make your own tie, cut a strip of fabric the circumference of the pants plus 20″ plus seam allowance.

paper bag pants pattern

And you're done!  Please enjoy wearing these beautiful and comfortable pants.  Happy sewing!

paper bag pants


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Jane
Jane

Mmmh, I’ve tried to make a muslin out of the pattern. I’m pear shaped (high waist 85cm and hips 107cm) and I thought it would fit well. The general shape looks good and the legs are fine, but I’m not sure about the sizes, I’m between 60 and 65kg and size 16 (the biggest available) is really too small.
In case that helps others: for me at least, I think it would work better with a lot more space for the bottom at the back. The curve going from the crotch to the waist is really steep on the pattern.

Catherine Wood
Catherine Wood

I am looking forward to making these but need some help. You say they are for size 6-16 would it be possible to give the waist size for the different sizes please also I take it that the inside solid black line is size 6 then the dotted green line is size 8 so on. I am thinking of adding a 1cm seam allowance would this be enough, also what hem allowance would you recommend? I have not made any clothes for many years and I am going to start again so I am a beginner at the moment.

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Marcia Gold
Marcia Gold

This pattern is probably great for women who have small waists and large hips.
I unfortunately have a 30″ waist and 36″ hips. With a ruffled waist band I’m pretty sure I’d look like a perfectly straight column…
Nonetheless, I have downloaded many very useful patterns from Sew So Easy and am very thankful that I joined!!
Thank you Mayra!!!

reidsfabric
reidsfabric

Sorry think these are very unflattering

Nathalie Brault
Nathalie Brault

hi there, I’m a size 3X and I don’t seem to see anything for that size do you have thise pattern in that size cause it is so beautiful and I think it would look great in linen,
Please let me know
Nathalie

Karla
Karla

Is there a size chart for this pattern somewhere that I am missing?

Tia
Tia

I’m washing my fabric just now, but will sew a pair of shorts first to check the fit without using so much fabric. Now I have to choose from my stash….

Jacquelyn Vogel
Jacquelyn Vogel

I would love to sew these pants but I have a thick waist. Would these look good or awful on me?

Charisse
Charisse

great pattern been trying to make this for a while. Is there any size chart to guide me on the sizes?

Charisse
Charisse
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you very much Mayra.. It’s very helpful

Daphne Baum
Daphne Baum

These pants are so cute , and b I love linen. However I am a gig girln, a good 2 or 3x. Do you ever do plus s I zest of cute clothes ?

Candace
Candace

Thanks for the pattern. I don’t see the measurements for the sizes? Where are they hiding?

Nicola Whatley
Nicola Whatley
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

which size would suit 27″ waist?

Nicola Whatley
Nicola Whatley
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Only just seen this, I’m a 38′ hip

Nicola Whatley
Nicola Whatley
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Can you give measurements for the pattern? Im a Uk size 10 but have no idea to what these sizes translate to?

bloosmartie
bloosmartie

I have just bought some fabric thinking I would make some paper bag trousers, perfect timing!

Saja MuQaribu Miller
Saja MuQaribu Miller

Going to try this one.I made a similar skirt like it.

Susanne A
Susanne A

I cant find the link for the Craftsy site download. 🙁

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Reply to  Susanne A

Hi Suzanne, there’s a grey box with a yellow button just below the pattern layout image. If your browser is blocking it somehow, try this link: https://so-sew-easy.com/l/paper_bag_pants