Make Your Own Trendy Lace-up Pants

Quiana Unique
by Quiana Unique
7 Materials
10 Minutes

In today’s DIY, I’m going to show you how to make a pair of women’s lace-up pants out of some basic black pants. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Black pants
  • Scissors
  • Corset ribbon
  • Regular ribbon
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine/materials
  • Fray check
Black lace-up pants

1. Mark where you want the slits

To start these DIY lace-up pants, grab a pair of old high-waisted black pants that are very stretchy. While they’re still on your body, mark the legs where you want to start the slits.

Cut out lace-up pants

2. Cut the slit marked in the previous step

Fold your jeans in half and cut the slit that you marked on your pants. You don’t want it to be too long because that will make the hole very wide. You also don’t want it to be too small, because when we attach all of the pieces and put on your cut-out lace-up pants, you won’t be able to see any of the skin. 

Cutting a slit where the opening of pants will be

3. Measure the opening

Next, you will need to measure how long you want the opening to be on your pants. I used my ribbon, and then I cut a slit there. Then repeated the step for the bottom.

High waisted lace-up pants

4. Cut from the top slit to the bottom slit

Split it open from the top to the bottom from one slit to the other. Do this to all sides of your pants.

Cutting corset ribbon

5. Cut your corset ribbon

After you finish cutting your pants, take the corset ribbon and line it up so when you cut them, they’re all the same length. You want to cut two for each side, top and bottom.

Women's lace-up pants

6. (Optional) Make the hole wider

I decided to make the holes wider because I wanted to show more of my legs. You do not have to do this step if you just want it to be a slight hole, but I wanted it to be very wide so I opened it up more.

DIY lace-up pants

7. Pin and sew the corset ribbon to the pants 

After that, lay the corset ribbon right on top of the pants and pin them in place on either side of the hole so when you sew, it’s not going to move. I used a sewing machine, but you can hand sew if you like. Just make sure you stitch it down well on all sides. If you’re using a sewing machine, don’t forget to back stitch so your stitches stay in place. If you’re hand-sewing, don’t forget to leave knots at the end before you cut them off. Repeat this for both the top and bottom holes.

Cutting off excess thread

8. Cut excess thread

Cut off any excess thread that is showing.

Using fray check along unsewn edges of pants

9. Use fray check

Take some fray check and go along the edges that were not sewn, so the pants don’t fray in any space or at any point. 

Lacing-up pants with ribbon

10. Lace your pants with the ribbon

Lace up your pants like you do your shoes with the ribbon. I suggest using a wider ribbon than I used.

Lace-up pants

Lace-up pants tutorial

Once you have them laced up, put them on with a pair of fishnet stockings and your black lace-up pants are done! Let me know what you guys think about this tutorial down below.

Suggested materials:
  • Black pants
  • Scissors
  • Corset ribbon
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