Wednesday, June 3, 2015

baby basics tutorial - pants with yoga waistband

Here's the third and final tutorial for sewing the baby basics 0-3 months pants.  This version has a yoga waistband and cuffs and is my personal favorite!  All three versions are included with the pattern and can mixed and matched to your heart's content :)  The first two tutorials can be found here and here.

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Helpful info before you start:
  • 3/8" seam allowance is included in pattern
  • Any seams that require stretch should be serged or sewn with a stretch stitch (lightning bolt or zigzag stitch)
  • Suggested fabric - any knit with at least 30% 2-way or 4-way stretch

Preparing the Pattern:

Print the pattern in Adobe Acrobat with "No scaling" or "Print Actual Size" selected. Check the square on the first page to make sure that it measures 2". Tape together the four pages matching the marks on the pattern.

Cutting the Fabric:

Cut two mirror images of the pants pattern making sure to note the direction of the stretch.  Cut along the lines indicated for the yoga waistband and cuffs.  Mark the center on both the waist and the hem.  The waistband is 15" x 4" and the cuffs are 6" x 4".  The pieces should be cut with the stretch along the longer dimension.  If you use a fabric with more than 75% stretch for the waistband, cut the piece 13" x 5".  If you prefer a foldover yoga waistband, then cut it 8" tall.


1. Fold the cuffs in half along the long side, wrong sides together.  Serge/sew the cuffs to the legs stretching the cuffs as you sew.

2.  Serge/sew the inseams.  Tack down the seams along the bottom edge of the cuffs.

3. Place one leg in the other, right sides together.  Serge/sew the crotch seam.

4.  Sew the short ends of the waistband right sides together.  Press the seam open and fold the waistband in half wrong sides together to form a circular waistband. Make a mark at the center and the halfway points between the seam and the center (dividing the waistband into quarters)

5. Serge/sew the waistband to the top of the pants matching the fronts and sides and stretching the waistband as you sew.  Turn the waistband up and press the seam to remove any waviness.  Congratulations, you're done!

Navy Floral - Fabric Geeks Facebook Group
Waistband and cuffs - Joann's


  1. Thank you for sharing! Will have to try these :) Not that the new bub will need much... more for fun!

  2. Hi there: Thanks so much for this tutorial and pattern! I was wondering if there is any harm to sewing the cuffs together first and then attaching to the leg, like the waist was done, so that no stitches showed from the foot. Thanks!

    1. I actually prefer to sew the cuffs first and then attach like you described, but the tiniest sizes often come out better when the cuffs are attached first. Either method is fine, just use whichever you prefer :)