The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

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These sweatpants are the second pattern on our Workout Wardrobe storyboard collection and they are not just for sweating as I will demonstrate in the months to come.

The fit of the pattern is not the trend of these days which is for thick leggings with pockets.  These sweatpants are more in the traditional (read practical) style and have more room around the legs without being floppy.  With pockets large enough for your phone, they are certainly not the tight leggings that many are sporting today.  But I think you'll find them very comfortable as well as presentable for that quick trip to the store, and not to mention the gym…

These sweatpants are to be worn one inch over your belly button which is the ideal place to avoid the dreaded muffin top look.  The making of this pair of sweatpants is very easy, so I will say that the project is suitable for the advanced beginner.  It is similar in construction to the pajama pants we did last year.  That tutorial has a video and this sew along has a step by step instructions on how to sew the slant pockets so you can follow the same instructions there about how to sew the pockets.

sweatpants pattern

You should know by now that we are pushing the use of an overlocker because it really speeds up the process and makes for a better finish.  If you use one, no one will be able to tell you to made this garment.  It will look just like the pros!  However, you definitely don't need one for this project.  It's just a good next step in your sewing journey if you're ready for it.

So let's start, and as always the best thing to do is to measure yourself and pay attention to the finished garments measurements below.  These measurements are a better indication than the size of how the sweatpants will fit on your body.

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Pattern Layout

sweatpants pattern

Finished Garment Measurements

 Size Waist (inches) Hips (inches)
 6  28  46
8 29 47
10 31 48
12 33  49
14 35 51
16 36 53
18 37 55
20 39 57
22 41 1/2 59
24 43 1/2 61


  • Cotton Fleece or Jersey knit 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 yards (see recommendations below)
  • Thread to match
  • 2″ Elastic enough to go around your waist
  • Nylon or cotton cord


  • Kam or eyelet tool 
  • Two (2) grommets (eyelet + washer)
  • Walking foot if you do not have an overlocker.
  • Optional Stretch Twin Needle (use Schmetz)
  • Bodkin or safety pin (Don't forget to read our recent article on Bodkins!)

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Where are the instructions and pattern for the sweatpants?

To keep page load times fast, we divide long tutorials like this one into multiple pages.  You can find the page numbers below the sharing buttons at the bottom of this and subsequent pages.  Just click the next page to progress through the tutorial.

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137 Responses to The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

  1. irma PFABE says:

    love it where can I get the pattern???

  2. Natasha says:

    Dear Mayra,
    Your patterns are so lovely to sew. Thank you for your generosity in sharing these.

  3. Elsie says:

    Thank you for your generosity. I need to start sewing for myself again.
    Gave away all my patterns over the years

  4. Deborah M Ledgerwood says:

    My granddaughter is pregnant with her first child. I think I’ll make her several pairs of these with my new sewing machine.

  5. Marlene Miller says:

    I like the fabric you used! Where can I find it!

  6. Joan says:

    I can’t find pattern to download sweatpants. I’ve downloaded all the extentions it called for.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Joan, What extensions are you talking about? The only thing you need is adobe reader. Nothing else. The download button is on page two.

  7. Sherri Cook says:

    Mayra I love the generosity of spirit you show by giving us all these awesome patterns! Thank you so much and have a happy and blessed 2019!!

  8. Linda R says:

    would be really great if I could find the instructions. Tried multiple times always came back to this page very frustrating and not user friendly.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Not entirely sure what you mean, the instructions are free on my site. Will be available on My Etsy shop for a fee in the near future.

  9. Susan Larmour says:

    The sizes are by finished measurements. How much wearing ease should we plan for?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Minimun 2”, this are very comfortable pair specially designed for an hour glass figure and have a lot of ease at the hips. So I would actually take the size you normally wear and go with that, if you are not sure make a Muslin you will be glad you did and will be making a few pants in different colors I can assure you.

  10. Teresa Gonzalez says:

    Dear: I have done more than one of your patterns. They all are wonderful Thanks a lot for making such a big job for us.
    Have a good year.

  11. RoseAnn Seiple says:

    I would like to make the sweatpants but I can’t download the pattern without giving Google Chrome control of my computer. Is there a way that I can download this free pattern?

  12. Joanne says:

    Hi, Mayra.
    I downloaded the pattern for these sweatpants with no trouble, but don’t seem able to get a PDF of the instructions following your directions, which say “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.” When I click on the three dots, nothing happens. Can you please help?

  13. Louise Maher says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Griet De Reu says:

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

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      no this is not a pattern for woven fabric. But I will give it a thought in the spring time, I think it will be cool.

  17. 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!

  18. Carol Beasley says:

    Where’s the video for the pocket?

  19. 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?

  20. Sharon says:

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

  21. Loretta says:

    Where did you get the fabric?!

  22. 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 🙂

  23. 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.

  24. Arlene says:

    Do you have video on how to attach waistband yet?

  25. 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,

  26. Domonique Richardson says:

    I love these!!

  27. 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!

  28. Nohemi Garcia says:

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

  29. 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.

  30. Clovis says:

    Will try to make. The pants look good.

  31. 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.

  32. Heather says:

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. Helene Kiraly says:

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

  36. Cheryl Seaman says:

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

  37. Linda Coleman says:

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

  38. Elizabeth Barnett says:

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

  39. SYLVIE C says:

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

  40. 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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