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How to Sew Pants: 38 DIY Pants for Comfort and Style

Find your new favorite pair of pants in our list of free sewing patterns and tutorials!

By: Annie Rosean, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Updated September 13, 2018
How to Sew Pants 31 DIY Pants for Comfort and Style

They’re known unanimously as one of the worst items to shop for. Pants are a tricky piece of clothing, but a necessary one nonetheless. Instead of getting frustrated at the store over too-tight trousers, learn how to make pants for yourself. How to Sew Pants: 38 DIY Pants for Comfort and Style offers many choices for people of all ages, from the casual adult in need of more coverage to the newborn. Not only does learning how to sew pants save you store-wrought stress, it saves you money. By delving into DIY pants, you can maintain your personal style sense and brush up on new and old sewing techniques. It’s all here in this collection of DIY clothing.

If you have a beloved pair of pants that are a little worse for the wear, be sure to check out our section of alterations tutorials. This section includes how-to's for how to hem pants, how to sew a patch on jeans, and more. Learning how to make your own clothes doesn't have to be difficult, thanks to the easy pants sewing patterns on this page. Read on to discover our 38 pants patterns for sewing!

How to Sew Pants for Adults

Whether you’re a stellar stay-at-home mom, working woman, or star student, you need pants. Finding basic projects on how to sew pants is the first step to completing your thrifty wardrobe. Best of all, your closet of DIY clothing doesn’t have to look handmade. These tutorials on how to sew pants offer fabulous and doable instructions for your homemade trousers.

  • Easy DIY Knit Pants Tutorial

    This tutorial shows you how to design a pattern from your favorite pair of sweatpants and create a stylish pair of knit pants that can be worn to work or out on a brunch date. What makes this easy sewing project so perfect is that you're drawing from one of your favorite wardrobe pieces, so you know that these DIY pants will fit your body like a dream.

  • Peasant Blouse and Gingham Capri Pants

    Once you know how to make your own clothes, you can create summer outfits like this one! This outfit is the perfect combination of cute and comfy. Make your own clothes and express your personal style.

  • Zoot Alors

    If you're in the market for a pair of voluminous pants, then you're in luck! This free sewing pattern is a great way to work on pleating and play with proportions.

  • Maternity Pants Tutorial

    With a few adjustments, you can make pants that you'll be comfortable in throughout your pregnancy. Let this tutorial show you how to make your pants fit just right.

  • Comfy and Quick DIY Leggings

    These leggings will only take you an evening to complete, and you will absolutely wear them out. They can created to be just about any length when you follow this DIY leggings tutorial.

  • Yoga Pants

    You'll never want to take these comfortable yoga pants off! This DIY clothing pattern is cheaper than buying those expensive pants in the store.

  • Quickie Flat Front Pants

    Given the right material and an hour, you can learn how to make pants that will easily translate into kidswear. The easy instructions with photos will deliver a quality pair of pants that will serve as a staple for your son or daughters' wardrobe.

  • Converted Maternity Pants Tutorial

    Once your belly starts to grow, you're going to need some comfy pants to live in. Make your own with this tutorial. No need to buy new pants: just adjust the ones you already have a bit!

  • Sporting DIY Skinny Jeans

    There are many different ways to cut jeans, but for jeans that don't fit right, you might have to do some pants alteration. This simple sewing project shows you how to turn bootcut jeans into skinny jeans in just a few simple steps.

  • Color Block DIY Pants

    This fierce and fabulous knock-off craft is based on some lovely pants that were designed by Michael Kors. Created withtwo different pairs of pants, this would be a great pattern to use on a pair of pants that still fit length-wise but are getting a little snug elsewhere.

  • Fred Astaire Pants Modification

    If you're looking for a chic yet vintage way to upcycle a pair of old pants, this tutorial is exactly what you need to craft a unique piece. These short and cuffed pants are the perfect pair to wear during a spring day. They look crazy chic with a pair of heels and could be paired with some gladiator sandals, as well.

  • Simple DIY Wide Leg Palazzo Pants From Scratch

    These DIY wide-leg palazzo pants will hands down be the most comfortable thing in your closet. The tailored-looking waistband is actually a stretch, pull-on band, and these pants come out looking perfectly tailored even though they are more comfortable than your PJs.

  • DIY Couture Cropped Pants Tutorial

    If you're in the market for versatile, comfortable, and high fashion trousers, look no further than this tutorial! This above-ankle cut is flattering on any body type, and it can be dressed up or down.

  • Chic Wide Leg Pants

    If you're ready for a change from the skinny jeans look, then these pants are for you! The easy sewing project checks all the right boxes, as it won't take long to make or break the budget. The result is a fun and breezy pair of pants that can be worn for almost any occasion.

  • Retro-Inspired Printed Palazzo Pants

    This easy sewing project is inspired by the fun palazzo pants of the 1970s that you'll want to wear around town and even to the office. Go all out when creating these pants and use fabric in a bold and bright print.

  • DIY Vintage High-Waisted Pants

    This tutorial shows you the easiest way ever to make beautiful vintage inspired high-waisted trousers. There is nothing more feminine, comfortable, or flattering to your curves than well-tailored high-waist pants.

  • Woven Jogger Pants Tutorial

    Design a pair of pants that are trendy, chic, and comfortable with this tutorial for how to make jogger pants. This tutorial shows you how to draft your own pants pattern using your favorite pajamas, and then design a pair of DIY joggers using a soft fabric like denim, cotton, or linen.

DIY Pants for Kids

It’s incredible how pricey a pair of pants can be from even a lower-cost store. Spending a handful on less than a yard of fabric seems silly, especially when you can find instructions on how to sew pants yourself. Give your kids clothing that you know is quality, cost-effective, and made with love by checking out these DIY pants tutorials. Anything itsy-bitsy and in a cute print is awww-inspiring. In addition to being precious, DIY kids and baby pants are easy to make because they’re so small. You’re not risking tons of fabric on a project, rather practicing a technique in a contained piece.

  • Little Dude Skinny Jeans

    This easy sewing project will turn your toddler into a real hipster. These how to make pants instructions come complete with cute little pockets and a button. They look just like real jeans! The best thing about these hip little duds is that they slip right on.

  • Walk in the Park Kids Leggings

    This tutorial shows you how to make leggings for your children with lots of room for them to grow. You can't find better legging ideas than this easy DIY craft. With funky fabric designs and accurate sewing, you can save a lot of money on kids clothes and keep the little ones warm and comfortable.

  • How to Make Toddler Ruffle Pants

    Learn how to make these toddler ruffle pants to give your toddler a different look. Even little ones can have their share of fun in playful, ruffled clothing.

  • Boys Skinny Cuffed Trousers

    Learn how to make pants for your boy that are vintage-inspired. The design is a simple pants pattern with a few alterations to achieve a retro look.

  • Child Size Skinny Jeans

    After you sew these skinny jeans for your child, you'll never want store-bought pants again. This pattern allows you to secure the perfect fit and color jean for your child.

  • Recycle Your Husband's T Shirts

    If your husband has a drawer full of old T-shirts, put them to use! Follow this free, easy sewing pattern to turn old T-shirts into groovy pants for a child.

  • Breezy Bandana Pants

    Follow this guide to learn how to make pants out of old bandanas, a great upcycled clothing sewing project. Choose bandanas of any color and pattern, or use any other fabric scraps you have.

  • Big Bottom Baby Pants

    When you're making DIY baby clothes, it's important to account for the extra booty bulge caused by diapers. These are specially designed to fit a baby, extra padding and all. Instead of letting the diaper hang out, this guide to sewing for babies will help you cover it all and keep the baby comfortable.

  • Upcycled Boy's Pants

    With free clothing patterns like this one, you can upcycle old clothes into new ones in no time at all. This pattern combines the top and bottom of two pairs of pants. It is so simple, and the results are amazing.

  • Boys' Mock Fly and Pockets Pants

    Easy-to-make clothing like these pants allows you to avoid sewing on a zipper and dealing with pockets. Even though you're entirely capable of adding such details, it can be a real time-saver to avoid them.

  • Basic Kids' Pants

    This tutorial will show you how to sew pants for kids with any fabric. The tutorial selects a striped fabric, but you can make these pants with a variety of colors and patterns. The elastic waistband also makes them perfect for fast-growing toddlers.

  • Ahoy Child's Pants

    These pants are a great project for anyone in need of a basic, go-to piece for their child's wardrobe. Learn how to make pants that nod to a classic sailor's outfit with buttons on the front and hemming along the leg and pockets.

  • Aladdin Pants

    Pick a fun fabric and follow the tutorial to make these genie-style pants. Your child will love the design and you will love sewing it up!

  • DIY Baby Pants

    A baby grows quickly, but keeping up with his or her wardrobe doesn't have to be expensive. DIY baby pants are an easy way to save some money, keeping down the cost of raising a family.

  • Slim Slacks for Boys

    Here's a good alternative to expensive dressy clothes. Dress the little guy in these slim slacks for boys. It's a simple refashion project that proves sewing patterns for men and boys can be fun!

Alterations: How to Hem Pants, Take In Pants, and Take Out Pants

Learning how to sew pants doesn’t exclude alterations. It can crush you to toss some of your favorite pieces simply because of a hole or hem. Learn how to make pants fit for your body by altering your existing ones.

  • Letting Out Pants

    If you've ever struggled to button a pair of pants, be sure to check out this tutorial. This helpful pattern will show you how to make pants bigger by letting out the waist.

  • Modern Mending Lesson 3

    Looking for ways to mend your child's jeans? This modern mending lesson will show you how to patch up the pants with adding a bit of flair and style too.

  • Patching Jeans in Minutes Tutorial

    Don't let a snag in your favorite pair of pants break your heart. When wear and tear threaten your wardrobe essentials, consult this tutorial. These instructions on how to fix holes in jeans will salvage your go-to pants and consequentially save you a trip to the store.

  • Tailoring Pants Tutorial

    This easy-to-follow tutorial makes hemming and taking in your pants easier than ever. By using your best-fitting pants as a pattern, you can be sure to properly tailor your ill-fitting pants.

  • How to Lengthen Kids' Jeans

    Give your wallet a break by learning how to lengthen kids' jeans with this easy jeans sewing tutorial. This is such a great way to extend the shelf life of a pair of pants and get just a little more wear out of them.

  • How to Darn Ripped Pants

    Don't throw out those old pants or shorts just because they have a large tear or rip. Prolong their life and mend them instead. No matter how large the rip, it's possible to repair with a sewing machine and a little effort.

Do you have a favorite style of pant to wear? Let us know below in the comments!

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