How to Sew and Wear Jogger Pants
Jogger pants are everyone’s favorite right now because they walk that fine line of comfortable fashion. They are not tight like jeans, look nicer than leggings, and when the fit is right – can feel just like you are walking around in pajama pants all day. Who doesn’t want that?! Jogger pants are not only easy to sew but can transition from day to night attire with the right accessories. See how you can make your own jogger pants, and wear them two ways. Hi, it’s Jess from the Sewing Rabbit showing you this easy sewing project!
How to sew Jogger Pants
Skill level: Advanced beginner
Time Needed: 3 – 4 hours
● 2.5 – 3 yds lightweight linen, denim, cotton fabric
● Your waist circumference of 1.5 – 2” wide elastic (available in-stores)
● Pair of good fitting pajama pants for pattern drafting (or basic pajama pants pattern)
● 1 yd 1” wide elastic
● Coordinating thread
● 80/11 or 90/14 Regular point sewing needle (available in-stores)
● Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
● Measuring tape
● Sewing machine
Fabric seen in these photos:
● Denim Fabric – Distressed Blue Lt Denim
1. Lay your pajama pants on the fabric, with the fabric on the fold. Make sure you have really laid out the pajama pants flat so that the crotch curve is fully visible. Cut around the pajama pants, adding ½” for seam allowance around the top, sides, crotch, and hem (shorten the hem length to your desired jogger pants hem, I made mine cropped). Repeat for both front and back pants pattern (the crotch curve and waistline will be different for the front and back pattern pieces). Measure the width of your pants hem and multiply that number by 2 – cut (2) leg cuffs 3.5” wide x this measurement. Lastly, measure the waist width of your pants pattern and multiply that number by 2, minus 1” – cut (2) waistbands 5” wide x this measurement. *If desired, also cut out (4) pocket pattern pieces.
2. Measure 2” down from the top of the pants pattern along the side seam, and sew pocket pattern to pants along the straight pocket edge, right sides together. Repeat for all pants patterns and pockets, making sure to sew them in the exact same spot on all pattern pieces. Finish seam with either a serger, zigzag stitch or pinking shears.
3. Place (2) front pants pattern pieces right sides together, pin and sew the crotch. Finish seam, and press. Repeat for the back.
4. Place front and back right sides together, with the pockets sticking out at the sides. Pin and sew side seams, around the pockets. Pin and sew the inner leg seam, finish all seams and press.
5. Fold the leg cuff right sides together, matching up the short outer edge. Pin and sew, and press seam open. Place the front and back waistband right sides together, matching up the side seams. Pin and sew, and press seams open.
6. Slip leg cuff around the hem of your pants, right sides together. Sew around and press seam down. Fold the cuff ½” towards the wrong side and press. Fold the leg cuff again towards the inside of the pants so that the ½” folded bottom edge just covers the raw pants hem seam. Pin in place and sew around, leaving a 2” opening for inserting elastic.
7. Slip the waistband around the top of your pants, right sides together, matching up the side seams. Pin and sew, and press seam up. Fold the upper edge of your waistband ½” towards the wrong side and press. Fold the waistband again towards the inside of your pants so that the ½” folded edge just covers the raw waistband seam and press. Pin the waistband in place and sew around, leaving a 3” opening for inserting elastic.
8. Measure around your calf, and cut (2) pieces of 1” elastic this width. Measure around your waistband and cut (1) piece of 1.5 – 2” wide elastic this width. Using a safety pin attached to one end of the elastic, insert elastic into the appropriate casing (either pants hem or waistband). Work the elastic all the way through the casing, making sure not to let the end of the elastic slip inside the casing, until the safety pin comes back out again. Pin the elastic ends together, making sure the elastic is not twisted and sew using a back and forth zigzag stitch to secure. Slip the elastic fully into the casing, and sew the opening closed using a straight stitch. Repeat for both leg cuffs and waistband.
9. If desired, sew a 24” piece of ribbon, cotton twill, or some bias tape of the same fabric to the front center of the pants for a faux drawstring look.
And you are finished!
How to bring your Jogger Pants from day to night
We love jogger pants for their comfort and their versatility. Bringing them from day to night is as simple as adding the right accessories!
For a daytime look, simply pair your jogger pants with a t-shirt and sandals. Grab your favorite book and you are ready to lounge the day away in style…
To bring that same outfit and get it ready for a night on the town, simply switch out your shoes and grab your favorite accessories…
Same comfort, classic style.