Introduction: How to Make Wrap Pants
These pants are great for any shape and at any length.
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Step 1: Supplies
Thread and bobbin
Iron & ironing board
Long straight edge
2” strip of sew of Velcro
Hip and waist measurement
Desired pant length
Step 2: Iron Fabric
Fabric should be pre-washed to avoid any shrinking.
With most cottons, use the steam setting to get out all wrinkles.
Step 3: Lie Out Fabric
Lie out fabric two layers, right sides together:
You want to use the finished edges of the sheet to your advantage.
I use the bottom of the sheet for the hem, and the side of the sheet for the back because back will be on top with a finished edge.
If you use the top of the sheet for the hem the pattern might be upside down and the hem would be 3 or 4 inches wide.
Step 4: Mark Hip Width
Take hip measurement; mark this for the width of the fabric.
When using common fabric you can only get 45" wide.
I would finish all sides of the fabric first if you are not using a finished sheet.
Step 5: Mark Center
Mark center of fabric.
If you prefer, on your second pair of pants you can move the center over towards the front. This will give you more of a wrap around the back. Or move it towards the back for more wrap around the front.
Step 6: Place Pattern
Place pattern with back hip on the left side towards the finished edge of the fabric and crotch at center mark.
Place front pant leg so that the front crotch touches the back crotch.
Make sure bottom of pant legs are flush with bottom hem of fabric.
If you are making knee length pants mark a perpendicular line to the grain line on the pattern where you want the length to be.
Step 7: Mark Top of Pattern
Mark a straight line perpendicular from the right edge of fabric touching the high point of pattern piece
(this point may vary depending on pattern used).
Step 8: Mark Crotch Curve
Trace crotch up to perpendicular line.
Step 9: Cut Out Pattern
Cut out the right side you marked as the hip width, the top and the crotch curve.
Step 10: Sew Crotch Seam
Sew crotch seam. I use my presser foot as a guide for the seam allowance. You can pink the seam allowance, if you prefer.
Normally I use an over lock stitch then seam, but may people do not have a serger.
Step 11: Press
Press seam open.
Step 12: Make Waistbands
Cut two stripes for front and back waistbands 5” wide
For the front: take waist measurement and add 5”
For the back: take waist measurement and add 12”
Step 13: Press
Press both waistbands in half width-wise with right sides together.
Step 14: Sew
Sew all four short ends.
Step 15: Turn and Press
Turn and press both waistbands.
Step 16: Turn Under
Press front band under ½” on each long side
Step 17: Turn Under Back
Press back band under ½” gradually making the ends of the band as wide as D-ring (trimming band width if necessary
Step 18: Insert Waistbands
Find and mark both bands in the center.
Sandwich the pant front and back into the waist bands, lining up centers. Pin.
Step 19: Sew
Sew front and back waistbands to front and back pant, staying close to the ½” fold.
Step 20: Insert D-rings
On back waistband place both D-rings on one end and fold back 2” as shown and sew end towards the wrong side.
Step 21: Place Velcro
Place Velcro on front extension, one on right side of the fabric, and the other on the wrong side.
Step 22: Sew Velcro
Sew down Velcro around all four edges.
Step 23: Cut Threads
Cut all loose threads.
Step 24: Put on Front
Put on pants: wrap front around back and Velcro.
Step 25: Put on Back
Wrap back around front and slide tapered end of back waistband into both D-rings, tighten, then slide end between the D-rings.
Step 26: Enjoy
Enjoy finished wrap pants.
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