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 the 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″ on either side.  This is the placement of the grommets.  Apply the grommets following 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 pattern

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.

sweatpants pattern

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 to thread the cord through the grommets and around the waistband through the channel.  Tie off the ends of the cord to prevent raveling.

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 Valentine's Day.

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Afia
Afia

I love this pattern but it’s frustrating how big it is. Why is the smallest size 6? I love your tutorials but I made the after hours blouse and I cut size small but it was way too big. It would be great if this website had actual smalls.

Julienne Yueh
Julienne Yueh

Hello,

I’ve struggled so much with this pattern, as this is my first pair of pants. The video doesn’t show how to put the separate waistband together. The video shows her folding down the top of the pants. But this pattern has a separate waistband piece that needs to be attached, with elastic. Is there a different video that shows this? And how you hide the seam allowance after stitching about layers of the waistband and pants together… help!

gregory anderson
gregory anderson

I was sad to find your print function does not include the tutorial for assembling this pattern. Wow.
This is a great pattern though. Thank you.

Julienne Yueh
Julienne Yueh

Thank you for the pattern! But where do it put the pockets? I’m not sure where to sew the back pocket. And for the front, do I leave a seam allowance along the top for the waistband? Pictures look like the pocket is aligned with raw edge of top of waistband. Please help!

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Julienne Yueh
Julienne Yueh

Thank you for this pattern! Can I make the waistband out of supplex fabric, without adding elastic? Do you know how much ease I should add to do this? Thanks!

MichelleW
MichelleW

Thank you Mayra, I look forward to making these pair of sweat pants.

Mary Therriault
Mary Therriault

I am so happy to see a pattern for “traditional “ sweatpants! I don’t want the skinny joggers!

Piper Mitchell
Piper Mitchell

I can’t seem to find the video? I tried clicking the link and it sent me to a different video. I also checked the youtube channel, but I still have yet to find the video. Could you maybe tell me where to find the video, if it still exists?