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 four 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.

sweatpants pattern

sweatpants pattern

sweatpants pattern

Fold the rectangle right sides together and sew at 3/8″.  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.  Apply the grommets follow the package's instructions.

sweatpants pattern

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

sweatpants pattern

sweatpants pattern

Pin the waistband to the pants in the front, back and both sides.Place 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.Sew and stretch the elastic at the same time.For 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;) 

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.

sweatpants pattern

sweatpants pattern

sweatpants pattern

Measure the circumference of the hems of your sweatpants, minus 2″ x  4 3/4″.  Fold in half and sew at 3/8″.  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.

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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105 Responses to The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

  1. Sylvie says:

    I can’t find the pocket pattern. Where did you hide it? hahaha

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Silvie, great question, you have to redraw them from the leg pants, one with the slanted side and one with the seam allowance to the waistband and all the way to the sides.

  2. Patricia O says:

    I haven’t downloaded these yet but I have a pair of grey sweatpants (bought at a street market in London over 14/15 years ago) that have developed a hole so this might turn out to be a timely pattern for me!

  3. amber says:

    i may just be stupid but i don’t understand how to cut out the pocket part of the pants what should the pieces look like once they are all cut out

  4. DON THIESSEN says:

    Looking for the download for the pattern. They look awesome!

  5. Janet Ashcroft says:

    can’t find the download!

  6. Brenda Riddle says:

    Where are the 2 pieces that I am suppose to find on the website?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hello Brenda! Happy New Year! The two pieces you need to come up with are the ribbing at the waistband and the ankles. The measurement depends on the size you have chosen and the type of material, Please read the instructions before you attend this project. Thank you 🙂

  7. Jazz Monroe says:

    Link to free pattern not working?

  8. Maxx says:

    Fabulous work, Ladies, thank you! Makes a quick run to the store doable without a wardrobe change!

  9. Cele says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern. Pics are always great, however, a nice you tube video would help those of us that are true beginners and need just a tad bit more visuals–my main reason for not downloading any of the patterns (thank you for having free patterns)

  10. Sew Hoppy says:

    Where is the download link for the pattern? I have searched and searched without results.

  11. Chris Casey says:

    THANK YOU SO much!!!! Those of us over the age of 30somthing need a less fitted pant. At 72, I wouln’t be caught dead in leggins!!! People would throw rocks!! Thanks again, you two are absolutely the BEST!

  12. Sue Volek says:

    I’m very pear-shaped but very short. I can finally have some sweats that aren’t 9 inches too long!!! A million thanks!

  13. WheelyBad says:

    I can’t wait to make these, thank you so much

    wishing you a happy, healthy, successful 2019

  14. Sue Addison says:

    I don’t see the fabric suggestions. Just a picture. What kind of fabric did you use for the pair pictured?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      The first item on the list of materials is my sugestion for fabrics. I used a more difficult to find Jackard knit. I bought mine at in Sydney, Australia.

  15. Jean Tanner says:

    Thank you for all the free patterns, they are so handy.

  16. Verna says:

    I think both of you are great! Thank you for your generosity!

  17. dotpaulk says:

    Love the fabric of your pants, is it available to purchase for these pants?

  18. D. Joy Summers says:

    This looks like something I would like to try. And for the first time use my serger for construction of a garment.

  19. Karen Cole says:

    I just need sweatpants pattern to cover a huge hernia, but need tapered legs so they will NOT look like sweatpanys, but rathet like slacks. Can I get help with tapering the legs?

    • Bennie Owen says:

      Here is how I taper my pants legs. I have a master pants pattern. I lay a new piece of Pattern Ease on top of my master pattern. I draw the entire pattern again. Front and back. Put the master away. Use a long ruler and starting at the hip I move the ruler to the bottom of the pattern leaving the top of the ruler at or near the hip line. Whatever you reduce the amount by you need to reduce the same amount on the inside leg as well. This is done by measuring from the center of the pants leg (Grain Line). You have an equal amount on each side of the grain line. This is done in the opposite way for Palazzo pants.
      I always make a sample first to make sure I like the width of the legs. Be sure to mark your new pattern as to the style you have chosen, i.e. Tapered legs, Palazzo legs.

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