Sew Simple Ruffled Leggings by The DIY Mommy. Use pre-ruffled fabric for adorable leggings in a flash!

I’ve only recently discovered ruffle fabric, and I’m starting to get quite addicted to it. I’ve been buying mine from Fabric.com – they have a great selection for a reasonable price (and it’s delivered to my door, which is awesome).


It makes such adorable things in such little time! I feel like I’m cheating a little when I sew with it, but I can’t deny the great results.

Last week, I made a birthday outfit for my very good friend‘s little girl who was turning five years old.

I drafted a very simple a-line dress for her (with ruffle and lace embellishments, of course!) and made this super-quick leggings to wear with it. They were so easy to make!

Want to make a pair for your little girl?

Materials:

Directions:

Sew Simple Ruffled Leggings by The DIY Mommy. Use pre-ruffled fabric for adorable leggings in a flash!

Use a pair of leggings on hand or a leggings pattern to cut out two pieces of ruffle fabric. (Refer to this post if you need more detail on how to draft and sew leggings.)

Sew Simple Ruffled Leggings by The DIY Mommy. Use pre-ruffled fabric for adorable leggings in a flash!

The trick to cutting ruffle fabric, is to ensure all of the ruffles are facing downwards (to the bottom of the clothing) as you cut. Ensure that there’s a full ruffle on the bottom of each leg and trim behind it if necessary to remove any excess fabric (these leggings won’t be hemmed, so use a rotary cutter or trim carefully).

Sew Simple Ruffled Leggings by The DIY Mommy. Use pre-ruffled fabric for adorable leggings in a flash!

Sew the pieces together at the inseam, and then at the crotch. I use a serger on my knit fabrics, but you could also use a regular machine and then finish with a zigzag stitch.

Sew Simple Ruffled Leggings by The DIY Mommy. Use pre-ruffled fabric for adorable leggings in a flash!

Fold the top of the pants over 1/8″ more than your elastic’s width (so for 3/4″ elastic, I folded the top over almost 1″), and sew it down. Leave a hole, and then thread elastic through, secure it end-to-end, and then sew the hole shut.

Sew Simple Ruffled Leggings by The DIY Mommy. Use pre-ruffled fabric for adorable leggings in a flash!

All done! Oh, the ruffly cuteness.

Here’s a peek at the matching dress I made:

Sew Simple Ruffled Leggings by The DIY Mommy. Use pre-ruffled fabric for adorable leggings in a flash!

Have you ever tried sewing with ruffle fabric? What did you think?

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