Drawstring pants are quick and simple to make for children. You can easily construct your own pattern and sew a pair of drawstring pants in a few hours. Since they are baggy and unfitted, drawstring pants are comfortable to wear. They can be made of any fabric, but lightweight to medium-weight fabrics that drape nicely work the best.
Fabric (amount depends on your child’s measurements)
First, you will need to take the following measurements for your child:
- Waist measurement
- Length from waist to ankle
Use a large piece of paper (rolls of craft paper work well) to make a pattern for the following pieces:
Pattern piece 1: A rectangular piece with a width equal to one third of the total waist measurement and a length equal to the length from waist to ankle plus four inches.
- Pattern piece 2: Start with a rectangle the same size as pattern piece 1. One third of the way down the long side of the rectangle, curve and cut inward then cut at an angle downward, all the way to the center of the bottom short side of the rectangle.
You are ready to make your pants:
- Pin the pattern pieces to your fabric, with the long side of the pattern pieces going with the grain of the fabric. Cut two pieces from pattern piece 1 and four pieces from pattern piece 2.
- Putting the right sides of the fabric together, sew one Piece 1 to a Piece 2, matching long straight edges together.
- On the other side of the Piece 1, you just used, sew another Piece 2 once again matching the long straight edges.
- You now have a piece 2 with the curved cutout to the left, a piece 1, and another piece 2 with the curved cutout to the right. With the right side of the fabric to the inside, fold this assembly the long way so the long curved cutout pieces match. Pin them into place and sew a seam from the beginning of the cutout down to the ankle. You now have half of your pair of pants.
- Repeat steps two through 4 for the remaining pieces to make the other side of the pants.
- With the right sides of the fabric together, pin the two sides of the pants together at the crotch, then sew the seam.
- Still working with the pants wrong side out, at each ankle of the pants fold and press the fabric up one-half inch. Turn and press the fabric another half-inch then pin and hem.
- Fold the top of the pants down approximately one inch and press into place. Sew along the edge of the fabric you turned down in order to make a three quarters inch tunnel for the drawstring. Sew the second row of stitches immediately next to the first in order to reinforce the tunnel.
- At the front center of the waistband, snip a small hole into the drawstring tunnel. Hand stitch around the edge of the hole to keep it from unraveling.
- Cut a piece of drawstring to match your child’s waist size plus 12 inches.
- Thread the drawstring through the tunnel and tie knots into each end to keep it from slipping into the pants.