How to Make Cute & Comfy DIY High-waisted Pants From Scratch

9 Materials
$15
5 Hours
Easy

High-waisted pants make everyone look good! Besides their flattering silhouette, they just feel more comfortable. In this DIY high-waisted pants tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a high-waisted pants pattern based on your measurements.


Even if you’re new to sewing, you can learn how to make high-waisted pants from scratch. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • 3 Yards of fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 to 1½ inch elastic
  • Pattern paper
  • Pen
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pins
Measuring hip size for the high-waisted pants

1. Take your measurements

You’ll need to measure your hips, waist, thigh, knee, and the length of your legs from one inch above your belly button to your ankle.

How to make high-waisted pants pattern step 1

2. Draw the high-waisted pants sewing pattern

Watch the video from 0:58 seconds to 8:02 minutes for full instructions on how to make a high-waisted pants pattern, or follow the written instructions below. The pattern is the most complicated part - the sewing is pretty easy.


Draw a rectangle. The width of the rectangle is ¼ of your hip measurement plus ½ inch.


The length of the rectangle is the length of your leg from 1½ inches above your belly button to your ankle. 

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 2

From the top, mark ¼ of the hip size + 1/10 of the hip size.

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 3

From that line, add an additional 1/20th of the hip size. Extend it out towards what will be the crotch area of the pant - about 2 ½ inches for the thickest part of the butt. 

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 4

Connect these lines.  

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 5

In the center of the triangle, mark a diagonal line. 

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 6

Then mark 2 straight lines in each triangle. You can curve the line.


Now measure the knee length 1 inch above your belly button to the knee itself. Mark on both sides of the rectangle.

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 7

Between the crotch line and the knee line, measure about 3 inches down from the crotch for the thickest part of the thigh.

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 8

Mark the middle of the crotch line. Connect it horizontally to the ankle on each side to equal ¼ of the width of the leg -½ an inch. This is the width for the leg around the knee. Draw 2 horizontal lines to cut the knee line. At the thigh line, mark 1¼ of your thigh measurement.


Connect the knee to the thigh to the crotch line at the top (the inside). Then, connect the ends of the knee line to the thigh line, and to the butt line on the bottom (the outside). 

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 9

At the outside top, mark ½ an inch and connect it to the end of the butt line. On the inside top, mark ½ an inch inside and connect it to the outside top.


Add ½ an inch seam allowance on both the inside and outside line. Add 1½-inch seam allowance to the top and bottom. 

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 10

Cut out the front pattern. For the back pattern, use the front pattern as a guide. Increase the crotch area 1/10 of your hip size. Mark at the middle of that line.


On the inside line add 1 inch. At the top of the thigh line, add 1½ inches at the crotch side. 

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 11

Match the front and back crotch curves.

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 12

Add 1 inch from the crotch line to the outside line. Add a ½-inch seam allowance to the inside line, outside line, and crotch line. Keep the top and bottom seam allowances as the front.

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 13

The pocket pattern is 8 x 12 inches. On a piece of paper, mark the middle. Draw a curved line.

High-waisted pants sewing pattern step 14

Match the pocket pattern with the pants pattern so it lays properly by the top to the thigh. Once it’s matched properly, cut the pocket pattern out.

How to make high-waisted pants from scratch

3. Cut out the pattern pieces

You’ll need 2 pieces of the front pattern, 2 pieces of the back pattern, and 4 pieces of the pocket pattern. Lay the pattern on the fabric and pin it in place. Cut the fabric out.

Pinning and sewing the front and back pieces

4. Sew the pieces together

Connect 2 pieces of front and the 2 pieces of the back at the crotch line. Pin and then sew with a straight stitch.

Placing pockets on the DIY high-waisted pants

5. Sew the pockets

Lay the pattern on top to determine the best pocket placement. 

Sewing pockets into the high-waisted pants

Pin the pockets in place. Sew the pocket on the curved end for both sides of the pants.

How to sew high-waisted pants

Now connect the front and back pants together. Start at the top, pinning the side seams. Have the pockets on the outside and pin those too. Sew all the open seams. 

High-waist pants tutorial

Make sure not to sew the opening in the pockets. I marked about 5½ inches for the pocket opening and sewed down the rest in the pants. Sew the pocket edge. Serge the edges if you have a serger; otherwise do a zigzag stitch.

Making a waistband for the high-waisted pants

6. Make the waistband

For the elastic waistband, measure down 3 inches or about twice the size of the elastic band. 

Folding the waistband for the elastic

Fold the waistband down to that line. Sew at the very edge to create a tunnel for the elastic. 

Leaving a space for the elastic

Leave a space to feed the elastic through. 

Feeding the elastic into the waistband

Thread the elastic through to meet at the opening. When they meet, sew them together. Then sew the opening closed.

Hemming the DIY high-waisted pants

7. Hem the pants

Fold the hems over twice the seam allowance or 2 inches. Pin and sew.

DIY high-waisted pants tutorial


DIY high-waisted pants

DIY high-waisted pants tutorial

High-waisted pants make you look taller! Elastic makes the pants easy-on and easy-off, and oh so comfortable! Let me know what you think about this DIY high-waisted pants tutorial in the comments! 

Suggested materials:

  • 3 Yards of fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 to 1½ inch elastic
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  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Oct 13, 2021

    My "waist" is pudge 1" above my naval; so I would measure there. I would also only put elastic in the back. Otherwise, great pattern. I'm saving it.

  • Mary Mary on Oct 25, 2021

    Elastic all around makes it easier for me. Love them and the checks are fab.

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