DIY Comfy and Stylish Sweatpants

6 Materials
3 Hours

This DIY project is perfect if you love the sports luxe look. These sweatpants can look sporty or chic with a touch of edginess. I love how comfortable and stylish these sweatpants are which makes them the perfect piece for any time of the day! Learn how to make these cute sweatpants with pockets in no time!

Tools and materials:

  • Soft, thick stretch knit fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

Before you start working on sewing these awesome sweatpants, make sure to click here for pattern measurements, tools, materials, and additional instructions.

DIY sweatpants

Cut out the front leg pieces 

In this step, cut out the front leg pieces on two layers of fabric, using a pair of jeans or comfy pants as your pattern. Remember to add seam allowance as you cut. 

Cut the back legs

Cut out the back leg pieces 

Then go ahead and cut out the back leg pieces on two layers of fabric as well. Don’t forget that seam allowance! 

How to make sweatpants

Cut out the pockets 

Use your hand as a guide and cut out four pieces of fabric for the pockets. 

Cut the waistband

Cut out the waistband 

Next, measure and cut a strip of fabric to make a waistband. 

Cut cuffs

Cut the bottom leg cuffs

In this step, measure the bottom of your sweatpant legs and then go ahead and cut out two strips of fabric that will fit as cuffs on the bottom of the legs. 

How to sew sweatpants

Separate the leg layers 

If you cut the front and back pieces on the fold, go ahead and separate the layers by cutting down the side.

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Place the front and back leg layers together  

Next, take the front and back leg pieces and place them right sides together. 

Attach pocket inserts

Attach the pocket inserts 

Place the pocket insert between the front and back layer, 1.5 inches front the top of the leg. 

Sew in the pockets

Pin and sew the pocket insert in place, Repeat this on all four leg layers. 

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Sew the side seams and inseams 

Then go ahead and pin and sew the side seams including the pockets and the inseams of the legs. 

Sew the crotch seam

Sew the crotch seam

Place one leg inside the other, right sides together and pin and sew the crotch seam. 

How to sew skinny sweatpants

Attach the cuffs

First, fold each cuff over, right sides together and pin and sew the ends together.

Match up the seams

Then fold the sewn cuff in half, lengthwise, and pull it over the leg of your pants making sure the raw edge of the cuff is at the bottom. Match up the seam of the cuff with the seam of the pants, pin the cuff in place and sew. 

Pin and sew the waistband

Attach the waistband 

Fold the waistband in half, right sides together. Pin and sew the ends together. 

Pin and sew around the waist

Then fold the fabric over lengthwise and attach it to the top of the pants in the same way that you attached the cuffs. Have the raw edge facing upwards and match up the back seam of the pants with the seam of the waistband. Pin and sew around. 

How to make skinny sweatpants

These sweatpants are the perfect blend of comfort and cute! I would love to hear how you would style these pants! Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
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  • Fabric scissors
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  • Stephanie Stephanie on Jan 14, 2021

    Trying to make a mix of these and my daughter’s fav joggers, she’s been sick for awhile with mono so want to try and cheer her up! I’m rather rusty on sewing and my machine isn’t working, so this should be interesting!

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    • Stephanie Stephanie on Jan 27, 2021

      Thank you so much! I’ll give these a try, and thanks for sharing your knowledge! I’m in Indiana in the middle of nowhere 😂 Appreciate your help!