How to sew a Pair of Leggings, for any age…

It’s MADE Everyday time friends!
And today we’re making one of my favorite projects.
And….I invited one of my favorite sewing friends to join me!
It’s Miranda from One Little Minute…..


Together we’ll show you TWO ways to sew a pair of leggings.

I’ll sew on a standard Baby Lock sewing machine….and Miranda will sew on a Baby Lock serger (and make a really cool faux cuff and yoga waistband).  Cause did you that April is National Serger Month?  Now you can see my new serger in action!

And you might see this in action too.

Okay, just hit the play button below and enjoy!

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  1. You guys are seriously the cutest! Love that serger hemming trick from Miranda!

  2. This was a blast and I love you. Yay leggings!

    • 3) Jenni

      Miranda, how do you secure the serger tails? I loved your waistband and hem techniques! Thank you!

      • 4) Dana

        I’ll let Miranda chime in with her thoughts…
        But what I do is, either leave the tail long and tie it in a knot (if it’s something like inside of a bag or a place where the tail won’t be noticed.
        Or you can use a small hook to pull the tail back through the seam (always sounds like a pain in the butt to me)
        Or you can cut it shorter and use a little Fray-Check on the end to sort of seal the thread in place, although I don’t feel like it holds very well and will make the thread crunchy.
        So, I guess I often use the tying method 🙂
        – Dana

  3. 5) Chelsea

    That is adorable! I like that you used a shirt. I need to find someone to teach me. I can’t even sew a straight line.

  4. You two are so cute! Great, fun way to sew leggings. Must try asap!!

  5. Um, that screenshot of you guys showing off your grown up leggings is priceless!! Dana’s hair even makes it look like you’ve got a wind machine in the studio – Lol. 😉 Great video, as usual!

    • 10) Dana

      hahaha. Totally.
      It’s getting all Beyonce up in here 🙂

  6. Love this video! I have followed your site for over 4 years and have never commented! ((I don’t think I have anyways!)) so to put it lightly — love this blog and everything in it! Great job, you are inspiring to watch. It’s beautiful to see someone chasing and catching their dreams!
    And love the leggings tute! I need to make myself a pair now…

    • 12) Dana

      Stephanie, I’m so happy you chimed in! Your comment was 4 years in the making 🙂
      Thanks for following along all these years and I hope you make some awesome leggings!

  7. Awesome project girls. I am an addicted list maker and giving gifts on the holidays is on the top of my list every year. I know its way too early but for a girl who is always on pinterest, I need to plan ahead of time heehhehe. Can’t wait to do a bunch of this for my cute nieces. Really enjoyed watching the vid. Congrats on the new video show! TFS;)

  8. 14) Alison

    Great video. I like the faux cuff option. Never seen that before. Definitely want to try that. Such an easy hem.

  9. 15) Bailee

    You two are so cute and talented! Love it!

    • 16) Dana

      Thank you Bailee! 🙂

  10. 17) valerie nelson

    wow! I’ve enjoyed this episode the most of all you’ve made! Way to step it up! LOVE it! Thanks 🙂

    • 18) Dana

      Awww thanks Valerie!

  11. 19) KD

    I want to make myself some leggings RIGHT NOW! Thanks for the awesome instructions!

    • 20) Dana

      Haha. YES. Stop everything you’re doing and make some NOW.
      It only makes perfect sense 🙂
      Have fun!

  12. 21) Vicki

    I think you should change your name to the “Queen of Knits.” You’re the total knit advocate! Would this technique also work for yoga pants that have a flare at the bottom of the leg if I have a pair to trace?

    • 22) Dana

      Haha. Thanks Vicki!
      I’m not sure if this cuff method would give you the look you’re going for on a flare leg, but you can always try it out and see!

  13. 23) Ajda

    Hey Dana! I’ve watched most of your videos and I can only say congratulations! YOu have encouraged me to sew knits for my 2,5 year old son. I only still am not confident making patterns myself.
    What I am wondering about and couldn’t see clearly in the video is, how much seam allowance do you take for this leggings?

  14. 24) Melani X.

    Y’all need to stop being so darn cute. It’s not fair to the rest of us. 😉 xoxo

  15. 25) Bonnie

    Thank you! That serged cuff was absolutely BRILLANT and so easy!

  16. I have followed your blog for years and love it, but this is the first time I have watch one of your videos! I love how simple you made it look and now I am excited to go find some knits in my stash and make my daughter leggings. I have been afraid of knits for far to long!!! Thank You!

  17. I discovered years ago that the best paper to use for pattern making, is a roll of exam table paper from my doctor’s office. They usually sell it to me for cheap and one roll lasts a LONG time. Happy sewing!

  18. I am over-the-top excited about that faux cuff!

  19. 29) Kerrie

    Hi Dana, I absolutely love your site. I’m very new to sewing (started in April) but your tutorials are fantastic and have given me the confidence to try.
    Having watched your videos, I made some bags and skirts for my little girls out of their old duvet covers, gotta start somewhere right? I then felt confident enough to purchase some material and also some knit fabric to try the leggings.
    It was a battle with a lot of unpicking but we now have 2 cute pairs of leggings and matching headbands. However there were a lot of skipped stitches and the machine kept trying to eat my fabric, do you have any advice?

  20. 31) Laura

    Dana, do you have a favorite website for ordering bright knit fabrics? I love the wide bold and colorful stripes you use.

  21. I came first time on your blog.. I seen your leggings tutor and watched your youtube episode I like it.. Thanks for adding the tips regarding the leggings..
    Both of you girls looks very gorgeous.. 🙂

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  23. 33) Mica N

    Love your videos! Could you please tell me what Model of Baby Lock Serger she uses in this video? I would love to purchase one. Is it self threading?

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  25. 34) Sheila Lazarus

    Great video, well done.

  26. 35) Courtney

    How much fabric would you recommend to buy for adult leggings? Thanks!

  27. 36) Molly

    Love this site! I just found it. And I’m dying over that tunic or dress you’re wearing in this video Dana…can I ask where you got it? OR did you make it!?

  28. 37) Amanda

    Like all the other comments let me start by saying…. You guys are awesome and I can’t wait to make these leggings. Miranda- in just a few words, could you tell us how to make a traditional band to the leggings (similar to how Dana did it) but with using the serger? I’d like to make a few pairs for my little boys and the foldover method is a little too feminine.

    Many Thanks!!

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  31. 38) Miranda

    Do you have a ready made pattern for leggings?

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