The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

Step Three:  Attaching the waistband


Sewing tip: To preserve the elasticity on the waistband and if you do not have an overlocker please use a small zigzag to attach the waistband.



There are three things you need to do in this step.

  1. Cut the waistband
  2. Apply the grommets
  3. Cut and insert the elastic
  4. Sew the waistband

Measure the waist of your sweatpants, minus 2″ to 4″.  This is smaller to bring in the stretch of the fabric and create the waist.  However, avoid making the waistband tight as you will create a muffin top.  The rectangle then should be: measurement of the waist of the pants minus (2″ to 4″) x  6  3/4″.  Draw the rectangle and cut the fabric.

Fold the rectangle right sides together and sew at 3/8″. sweatpants pattern Turn right side out and fold the wrong sides together.  This will double up the waistband.  Place the seam underneath and in the middle and mark the middle of the waistband.  From the middle mark 1″ either side.  This is the placement of the grommets.  sweatpants patternApply the grommets follow the package's instructions.
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Cut an amount of elastic long enough to go around your waist comfortably + 1/2″.  Sew the elastic and zigzag the edges down to prevent raveling and reduce bulk.sweatpants pattern

Pin the waistband to the pants in the front, back and both sides.sweatpants patternPlace the elastic 3/8″ from the top edge of the waistband then fold up and pin the four points again, (back, front, left and right).  The elastic will be going right over the top of the grommets as you see them in the picture above.sweatpants patternSew and stretch the elastic at the same time.sweatpants patternFor a sample of this technique please watch the video on how to make the men's pajamas, it is really that easy and saves tons of time.  You can see the exact technique at around 10:00 minutes into this video.

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Make two rows of stitching above and below the grommets to make a channel for the cord. Use a small zigzag. Not sure you can see mine, but I did not want to use black thread there because I want to wear these;) sweatpants pattern

Use a bodkin or a safety pin thread the cord through the grommets and around the waistband through the channel.  Tie off the ends of the cord to prevent ravelling.

Step Four: Sewing the hem cuffs or ribbing

This is the same technique we used in the making of the hoodie sleeves.  Please have a look at the linked tutorial if you need a refresher.

Measure the circumference of the hems of your sweatpants, minus 2″ x  4 3/4″.  Fold in half and sew at 3/8″. sweatpants pattern Wrong sides together, fold again and insert the legs through the cuff aligning the seams.  Sew at 3/8″ Use a zigzag or an overlocker.sweatpants patternsweatpants pattern

You are done! ….It's that easy to have a new pair of sweatpants.  Make this pair in a soft fabric to hang around the house or in warm fabric to go for a run in the cool air in the morning or in a cool fabric to run errands. They are that versatile, I promise!

Until next time! I have a beautiful “RED” surprise for you!  Spoiler alert: We will be stepping back in time! Get your pearls ready ladies for this hot number for Valentines Day.

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61 Responses to The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

  1. Louise Maher says:

    cannot seam to download the sweat pants pattern. Can you offer some help please.
    Thank You.

  2. Joyce Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for all the free patterns you post. You are by far the most creative and sharing blog I have come across.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      It is my pleasure Joyce, I love what I do and am very happy to find people like you who appreciate the effort.

  3. dagnu says:


    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Dagnu, you can get the PDF pattern for free from our Craftsy account. You can also get a PDF of the instructions from the website by using ‘printfriendly’.

      Just go to the sharing buttons on the left of the screen, choose the three dots at the bottom to expand the list, and then choose ‘printfriendly’. You’ll get a PDF that you can then save or print.

      Hope that helps and happy sewing.

    • Susan J. Bannister says:

      At the bottom of the intro page there is a color box showing instructions confusing,
      but just below there are buttons numbered 1 2 3 click on 2 it will bring up the down load page

  4. Griet De Reu says:

    Is it possible to make a sweatpants in a woventissue ?
    And should I take one size larger ?

  5. Karima says:

    Bonjour Mayra,
    Mille merci pour tous ces patrons gratuits et votre générosité car les tutos sont tellement clairs que j’imagine qu’ils demandent beaucoup de temps…
    Les marges de couture sont-elles prévues dans le patron ?
    Si oui, elles sont de combien ?
    Merci d’avance pour votre retour & encore merci.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Bounjour Karima, Le marge de couture ne sont pas prevues dans le patron, vous devez les ajuter. Merci por vous gentil mots. A bientot!

  6. Carol Beasley says:

    Where’s the video for the pocket?

  7. Tori Yocom says:

    The PDF pattern only goes until 20 pieces, in the tutorial it should go to 24 pieces? Anyone else have this problem?

  8. Sharon says:

    I cannot locate the video for the pajamas that you mention earlier.

  9. Loretta says:

    Where did you get the fabric?!

  10. Stephani Martinez says:

    Wanted to let you know I figured out the pockets, at least in a way that works. It wasn’t much like the tutorial for pajamas, like I said I have done 100’s of those. But I did get it figured out. Thanks for all you do!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Stephanie, Glad you managed, I was sure you could do it since, you mentioned you have done “Hundreds”, did you see the video on YouTube?

      • Marisa Budlong says:

        Where is said video? I’ve looked everywhere for it but this site is too confusing.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Hi Marisa, the video I am pointing out help you sew the pockets, it is the pajama pants for man, an excellent project for a gift by the way 🙂

  11. Stephani Martinez says:

    I am having issues with the pockets. I watched the tutorial on the pajama shorts, and I have made those pockets 100’s of times,- 15-20 pair of family pajamas every Christmas- with in-seam pockets. These have the slash. When I pin them together as in this tutorial, the pockets are not sewn together, and the side seams do not meet at the waist. In the PJ tutorial, the pockets are sewn at the same time the outer leg seam is sewn. I am also having issues because of the fabric you used (it is really cool fabric but too busy for teaching, IMHO. I would appreciate clarification. Not too much in sewing beats me, but these pockets have.

  12. Arlene says:

    Do you have video on how to attach waistband yet?

  13. Linda Marie Russell says:

    Hi Myra, I am starting to construct my sweat pants and need help with the pockets. I’m looking for the tutorial but cant seem to find it. Can you please tell me where it is located. It says on the bottom of the page but I don’t see it. Thank you

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Linda, i linked it to a pajama tutorial that uses the same pockets, in fact I used the same pattern with a couple of transformations for the sweatpants, so please see the video. I will make a video for the sweatpants, should be available sometime next week
      Kind Regards,

  14. Domonique Richardson says:

    I love these!!

  15. Marsha Jacobs says:

    I love these pants and have already ordered the aztec print from amazon. What size grommets should I order?

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Marsha, I guess it depends if you have a tool to close them yet. If you do, be sure to get a size that fits the tool. If you don’t have a tool, a simple set link this one would do:

      These grommets are 5/32″ or 4mm which should be fine. Good luck with it and happy sewing!

  16. Nohemi Garcia says:

    hola, que medidas maneja este patrón, para que talla es?

  17. Bonnie Spielman says:

    I would love to try this and the hoodie but for some reason it will not let me add to the cart or favorites. I am so disappointed.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Not sure what is going on Bonnie, it could be that Craftsy is experiencing a lot of traffic. Try latter.

  18. Clovis says:

    Will try to make. The pants look good.

  19. I love this – haven’t thought about MAKING sweat pants since I made them for my kids – and my youngest is 35! LOL! I wish I had one of those Kam machines. I used to use one when I worked for Hancock’s decades ago and it was so quick and it worked so much easier than the hand-gripped versions. I do have a Big-Bite that sets eyelets for paper and might work on the sizes needed for this. I need to check that out.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Kat, do let me know if that works for you. But couldn’t agree more the Kam machine is a must if you are into bag making. The sweatpants are very comfy.

  20. Heather says:

    Where did you get this material? I would really like to buy it. Thanks 🙂

  21. debbieinsouthflorida says:

    Love these sweatpants! What fabric is used in the tutorial? I love it and would love to be able to make these with a fabric similar to that.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hello Debbie, It is a double jersey knit from a store in Australia call Spotlight. There is a branch here in Singapore but I could not find the fabric in Amazon at all.

  22. Christie says:

    Do you have inseam length on the various sizes?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      No Cristie, but the pants on the picture is a size 14 and the inseam is 31″ including the hem ribbing. Hope that helps you to work out the rest.

  23. Helene Kiraly says:

    Can’t seem to be able to download the pattern. I get a black page… What am i doing wrong?

  24. Cheryl Seaman says:

    Your link to the pattern doesn’t seem to work?

  25. Linda Coleman says:

    Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the pattern and great tips!

  26. Elizabeth Barnett says:

    I see a picture without a link … is that pinterest?

  27. SYLVIE C says:

    Great pattern and instructions !!! Thanks a lot !
    Will someday try to make one with the fabric I design….

  28. Linda says:

    When I follow the yellow arrow and click on page 2 nothing happens..I have not been able to get any patterns since you started using this….HELP…..

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Linda, the picture and the arrow are just to show you what the page numbers look like at the bottom of the page. Scroll down a little further and you’ll see the page number buttons that look like the picture which are just below the social sharing buttons.

      In any case, here’s the direct link to page 2 where the pattern download button is:

      Hope that helps and happy sewing!

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