Yoga Waistband Legging Tutorial (free pattern 3 to 14)

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How to sew Yoga Waistband leggings with this free Yoga Waistband Legging Tutorial

We are always in need of leggings over here and our latest obsession is these Yoga Waistband Leggings. I love that this style of legging can be whipped up using only a serger in about 20 minutes because you don’t have to deal with the extra hassle of adding in an elastic waistband. Of course, these can be made without a serger too, you would just want to use your specialty stretch stitches and reinforce the seams that will get a lot of pressure.

Yoga Waistband Legging Tutorial (free pattern 3 to 14)

I’m a little slow in getting this legging pattern update on the blog, obviously, these photos were taken well before Christmas and I really dragged my feet getting this post up. The main issues was I’d intended to include a start to finish video on how to make the leggings on a serger only, to accompany the . But OMG, I had so much trouble with that video!!!

I tried to get fancy and use 2 cameras and on the first filming. I used my old cell phone as the 2nd camera for the video overlooking the serger and an error of some sort occurred during the filming. The file was corrupted and I couldn’t open it. So… I had to make another set of leggings and film it again! Then, after about 6 hours of video editing: Speeding up, slowing down, cutting out all the unnecessary footage and commentary, cutting the video into various clips, splicing them together in the appropriate order and adding the text overlays, something happened in the editing software and it crashed causing me to loose all the edits.

Since I was filming, I did not stop to take photographs and in order to just get the tutorial up, I had to make another set of leggings so I could photograph the steps.

And then, of course, I’ve also edited the pattern to fix a couple of things that always bothered me and I re-graded the legging pattern to add a size 14. So when I say some of these patterns have a ridiculous amount of time behind them, I am not kidding!!!

I truly don’t know if I’ll go back and re-edit that video and get it posted. I’ll try to muster up the motivation, but I’m just over it!

Yoga Waistband Legging Tutorial (free pattern 3 to 14)

With this in mind… I’d like to know your opinion. Do you really need a video or do the photo/steps work for you? As an example, I made a video on this . Full disclosure, I had made this video for someone who had emailed me a bunch of times and couldn’t understand how to make the vest, so I was in my robe and bare feet!

The lil missy and I both love that these leggings come up bit higher around her waist, so when she’s playing we avoid that dreaded “full moon” that almost always seems to accompany a low waisted pant.

Brr! It was so cold in Central Texas this day! It was only drizzling a bit, and since we missed taking pictures during the “big Central Texas snow event” I added some in with the magic of photoshop. Looks pretty good doesnt it…

New to sewing with knits? While these yoga waistband legging project is not necessarily the project I would recommend as a first project Something like this little , or might be a better option to get your feet wet on…


Yoga Waistband Legging Tutorial (free pattern 3 to 14)

- Always use a ball point needle. A ball point needle has a rounded tip and allows the needle to move in between the thread fibers instead of piercing the thread fibers.

- When sewing seams that need to stretch, be sure to use either a narrow zig zag stitch- set at a medium stitch length, or many newer machines have additional stretch stitches you can use.

- It helps to loosen the needle thread tension just a tiny bit.

- For seams that don’t need to stretch a regular straight stitch is fine. To keep the fabric from stretching when you sew, you can try a slightly longer stitch length and loosening the needle thread tension just a tiny bit. ALWAYS do a few practice stitches on the fabric you will be using and then make any adjustments needed.

- If you are working on a fabric that keeps curling, use fabric starch and your iron to flatten out the fabric. This technique is helpful on all knits as the starch makes it less stretchy and moves through the machine smoother.

Yoga Waistband Legging Tutorial (free pattern 3 to 14)

- For hemming on knits, you have a few choices: 1. Leave the edge raw. This looks fine on casual garments. 2. Add a bound edge. and .) 3. Use a walking foot and hem the edge with either a zig zag or other stretch stitch or using a twin needle.

- Remember to try a slightly longer stitch length and to loosen the needle thread tension just a tiny bit!

- If your fabric is getting sucked into the machine or is still stretching, you can place a piece of thin tissue paper between the fabric and bottom feed dogs. After you are done sewing, you can gently tear the tissue paper away.

Knit fabric comes in so many different weights, content and stretch. It is important to use the right fabric for this project. I’ve tried a few different fabrics and definitely have my favorites.

- You need to look for a knit fabric with at least 50% stretch and around 4% or more lycra/spandex for recovery.

Yoga Waistband Legging Tutorial (free pattern 3 to 14)

- I love the most of her 3/8″ Cotton Lycra Stripe Knit Fabric is pretty great.

- is also good, but a bit thinner that the cotton lycra from Funkalicious

- has great stretch and recovery, is a nice weight and has a ton of cute designs

- The is slightly thinner, but has great stretch and recovery for leggings.

- The “” from are amazing to work with!!!

Yoga Waistband Legging Tutorial (free pattern 3 to 14)

- If you are looking for ribbed knit for binding, the has a lot of good quality ribbed knit choices.

- I am sure there are other great fabric lines of great quality to choose from, but I have not personally tried them.

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Hi, very nice work as always. Thank you very much! Gratefull for size 14! remember me?

Your patterns are amazing, and now I know why! Thanks for putting SO MUCH time into your work! FanTASTIC job!

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