How to Sew Culottes: Easy Sewing Tutorial For Making Cute DIY Culottes

10 Materials
2 Hours

Everyone loves a pair of culottes. In this tutorial, you will learn how to sew culottes: how to draw a pattern, cut, and construct a pair of cute and comfortable DIY culottes with an elastic waist and a decorative belt that ties in the front.

So if you’re ready to make your next favorite wardrobe item, keep reading!

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Tools and materials:

  • At least 1.5 meters of cotton fabric
  • Fabric chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Elastic
  • Long stick
  • Serger (optional) 
  • Sewing machine
Measuring the fabric for the DIY culottes

1. Measure and cut the fabric

Start by cutting a piece of fabric measuring 150 x 150 centimeters (59 x 59 inches).

How do you cut and sew culottes?

2. Fold the fabric

Fold the fabric diagonally to create a triangle. 

Easy culottes sewing pattern

3. Measure and mark

Follow the instructions in the video from 0:21-2:08 for measuring and marking the pattern for the culottes directly on the fabric. 

How to cut and sew culottes

4. Cut out the fabric pieces

Cut the fabric along the lines you marked.

Simple sew culottes

5. Pin and sew the curved edges

Pin and sew the two curved side edges together. Serge if you have a serger, or use a straight stitch and then zigzag stitch the raw edges if you’re using a regular sewing machine. 

Cutting along the tapering line

6. Mark and cut the tapering line

Make a mark approximately 1.5 inches down from the waistline of the culottes, and another mark in the center of the waistline. Connect those two points with a tapering line that follows the curve of the waistline, and then cut along that line.

The side with the slightly lower waistline will be the front of your culottes. 

How to make DIY culottes

7. Flip the fabric

Flip the fabric so the curved seams on the side are now lying in the middle. 

Pinning the inseams of the DIY culottes

8. Pin and sew the inseams

Align the unsewn edges in the center to create the inseams. Pin and sew them together.

Creating the waistband for the DIY culottes

9. Cut and sew the waistband

Cut a strip of fabric 100 x 12 centimeters (40 x 5 inches). Fold it in half, right sides together, and sew the ends together. This will become the waistband.

Marking the culottes waistband

10. Mark the waistband

Fold the waistband in half lengthwise. Measure how much space is needed to accommodate the elastic, and mark it with fabric chalk. 

Sewing the waistband

11. Sew the waistband

Sew along the marked line, all the way around the waistband, with a straight stitch. 

Attaching the waistband to the DIY culottes

12. Attach the waistband

Pin the waistband along the top edge of the culottes, right sides facing, and sew them together, leaving a 2-inch gap in the stitching. 

Inserting the elastic into the waistband

13. Insert the elastic

Cut a strip of elastic 64 centimeters (25 inches) in length. Attach a safety pin to one end, insert it into the waistband through the gap in the stitching. Pull it all the way through the waistband and back out through the gap.

Then, sew the ends of the elastic together securely, make sure the elastic is completely inside the waistband, and sew the gap closed. 

Sewing a belt for the DIY culottes

14. Cut and sew the belt

Cut two strips of fabric, each 8 centimeters (3 inches) wide and 70 centimeters (28 inches) long. Fold each strip in half lengthwise. Sew one end closed diagonally, and then sew down the long edges, leaving the second end open. 

Sewing culottes with an elastic waist

Cut the excess fabric off the diagonal edge at the same angle as the stitching. 

Turning the fabric for the belt

Use a long stick to push the closed end of the strip through to the open end to turn the strips right side out. 

Attaching the belt to the DIY culottes

15. Attach the belt

Sew the strips to the sides of the waistband to create a belt. Sew the edge of the strip to the waistband with the length of the fabric extending towards the back of the culottes. Then, flip the strip so it is extending towards the front, and sew down the edge. 

Hemming the DIY culottes

16. Hem the culottes

Finally, hem the culottes by flipping up the bottom edges by about 0.25 inches, and sewing them down. 

DIY culottes

How to sew culottes

How to sew culottes tutorial

Your culottes are ready to be worn! These DIY culottes look so comfortable, and still so chic. How would you style them? Leave a comment if you use this tutorial to make a pair of paper bag belted culottes of your own. 

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Suggested materials:
  • At least 1.5 meters of cotton fabric
  • Fabric chalk
  • Measuring tape
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