Easy Capri pants pattern : Sewing Tutorial

Step by Step instruction to draft a pattern to make Capri pants with sewing tutorial

A Capri pant is a long fabric shorts. Also known as Capris, the hem of capri pants ends somewhere around a woman’s mid-calf. The casual look of the capris pants makes it very attractive on kids as well as adults. This is a sewing pattern to make this cool and casual capri pants.

capri pants sewing pattern

You should choose a stretchy fabric for making this pants ( especially for the waistband and the ankle bands). I have selected a slightly stretchy embossed velvet fabric. It is not as garish as it looks in the photographs, believe me.

Check out the post on the different types of stretchy fabrics

Sewing Pattern for the Capri Pant

Measurements: Take the waist round – ie where you will tie the waist of the pants; take hip round; take calf round where you want the pants to end.

You have to cut 2 pieces of the front leg pattern and 2 pieces of the back leg pattern

capri pants sewing pattern

capri pants sewing pattern

You also need 3 pieces of fabric strips ( cut with stretch – ensure that the fabric will stretch when you pull it lengthwise or else you will not get into your capri pants). 3 inches wide

Sewing the capri pants

Step 1

Keep the front leg pieces right sides together; sew along the crotch line

Keep the back leg pieces right sides together; sew along the crotch line


how to sew capri pants

Your four leg pieces have become two now – the front and back pieces

Step 2

Keep the front and back pieces rightsides together

capri pants pattern

Align the sides and pin in place ; stitch the sides and the inside of the legs (red line in the picture below)

capri pants pattern sewing

Turn the pants right side out

making capri pants

Step 4

Prepare the waistband

Cut out 3 inches wide fabric piece (with stretch) length equalling your waist round plus 2 inches. ( This band should go over your hips)

Cut out 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch elastic the length of the measure around the waist.

capri pants sewing pattern tutorial

Sew the end edges of the fabric pieces together, kept right sides together.

Sew the edges of the elastic also together

Turn the fabric piece inside out folding by the middle.

Insert the elastic ring you have made inside and Pin the fabric edges. You should ideally baste stitch along the raw edges – this will make it easier when you sew the pant waist

Step 5

Pleat the pants. The front portion of the pants should be given some small pleats – enough to fit the waistband you have made.

Step 7

Keep the fabric edges of the pant piece and the waistband piece together. Stitch the waistband and the pant piece top edge together.

Step 8

Stitch the leg bands. This is stitched the same way as the waistband, but without the elastic. The fabric piece is cut 3 inches wide and length equalling your calf round + 1/2 inch sewing allowance. ( Absolutely necessary that this piece has stretch)

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

16 thoughts on “Easy Capri pants pattern : Sewing Tutorial”

  1. what is the seam allowance for the pants crotch area and legs and waist when joing front to back? is that accounted for in your diagram measurements or do I need to add those on?

  2. What does 1/3 HIP mean, I’m sorry, I’m just starting out and have never used a pattern before, and I can’t find a definition anywhere

  3. I’ve decided to take apart an old pair of my carpris and copy that pattern, knowing they will already fit me. I just need to figure out what type of material to use that stretches so well. And how much I will need. Great idea to sew me up some colors that I can’t find in the stores.

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