How to Sew Cropped Wide Leg Pants (Beginner Sewing Tutorial)

an easy beginner sewing tutorial for linen culottes

Outfit Details: 

Wide Leg Culottes made by me (Similar Here)
White T-shirt
Dark Wash Jean Jacket
Pearl Sandals (similar here)
Round Woven Bag


I’m so excited for another Beginner Sewing Tutorial today – this time for these wide leg cropped pants!

I’ve been seeing this style of pant everywhere this year, and I think they’re so fun for the beach over your swimsuit, with a t-shirt and cropped jacket, or with a blouse and heeled sandals for the office. Lots of possibilities!

This tutorial is really so simple – it’s basically like making a pair of elastic waist pajama pants. Just add some belt loops and a tie at the waist, and you’re done!

The full step by step instructions are at the bottom of the post.

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Ready to make a pair for yourself???


2 yards linen fabric (I used this one – also comes in other colors!)
Matching Thread
1″ wide elastic

how to sew wide leg linen pants

Cut out your pattern pieces

If you don’t know how to make your own pattern pieces, check out this video HERE.

You’ll need two PANT LEG pieces (one for each leg), a WAIST TIE (4″ thick and as long as you’d like), and your BELT LOOP strip (3″ wide, 15″ long).

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Take your pant legs and sew up the inseam on each of them with a straight stitch.

Step 2. With right sides of the fabric together, tuck one pant leg inside the other pant leg. Match up the inseams at the crotch, and then pin the rest of the “U-shape.” Sew along the “U-shape” with a straight stitch.

Step 3. Now take your waistband and fold it down twice. Sew around the entire waistband with a straight stitch, but leave a 2-3″ opening so you can insert your elastic.

Step 4. Take a piece of elastic and feed it into the waistband. It’s easiest to pin a large safety pin to the end of the elastic, and use that to feed it through the waistband. Once the elastic is all the way through the waistband, sew the two ends of the elastic together securely. Tuck inside the waistband, and close up the 2-3″ opening.

Step 5. Time for your waist tie. I didn’t have enough fabric to make one long tie, so I cut two identical rectangles and sewed them together. If you did the same, sew the short end together with a straight stitch and right sides together.

Now fold it in half (with right sides together), and sew along the raw edges. Also sew one short end closed. Then carefully turn the fabric tube right side out, and sew closed the other short end.

Step 6. Now it’s time for the belt loops. The easiest way to make these is to sew them all at once. Take your 3″x15″ rectangle and fold it over twice on one side, and then twice over on the other side. Now you should have a thick strip of fabric, 15″ long and about 1/2″ wide.

Step 7. Sew up both sides of the folded strip of fabric to secure all the folds. Cut the 15″ strip into five even pieces, each 3″ long.

Step 8. Tuck the ends under on each belt loop, pin it to the waistband of your pants in your desired location, and stitch back and forth on the top and bottom of the belt loop to secure in place.

I did one belt loop in the back, one on each side of the pants, and two in the front. You can do more or less if you’d like! Repeat Step 8 for all the belt loop pieces.

Step 9. Hem your pants to your desired length, tie the waist tie, and you’re done!


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  1. Natali says:

    Those pants are fantastic and look so comfy too! 🙂


  2. Katie says:

    I actually have a pair of similar pants and want more, so this gave me the extra push to make them.

  3. Adriana Oliveira says:

    Adoro seu blog, será que você não disponibiliza o moldes com medidas, seria mais fácil, pra gente cortar o tecido, obrigada, beijo

  4. karelys says:

    hola me encanta tu blog. una pregunta los patrones de tus prendas para los tutoriales de costura hay que comprarlos o son gratis.. gracias

  5. Kelly B says:

    Good morning, How wide do I cut the top of the pants? The bottom shows 10 inches, but no top width.

    Thank you

  6. Lisa Mecham says:

    I love how these pants look comfortable and chic. I guess this means I have a real reason to get out my yoga pants on days when I don’t actually get the the gym! haha. But in all seriousness, I really love your sewing tutorials. I love the way you laid out the whole process in easy to understand drawings. It’s gotta be a ton of work… So I just wanted to drop you a little note and say I think they’re awesome.

  7. Siobhan says:

    Omg! I have been searching everyWhere for help on seWing the crOtch of pants! Thank you!!

  8. Lusy says:

    I have already sewed these pants. i like it very much. it is very comfortable for every day use. but i had problems with my sewing machine. i have Repaired it here https://konsew.com/service-and-repair

  9. jazzy says:

    can these be made using silk fabric too?

  10. nielle says:

    hi! i am a student and could i someone tell me the usual length and width of the pant leg?i need it for school and am desperate

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  13. Abby says:

    Hi, do you have updated links for the pattern drafting video and the fabric? Thanks!

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