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DIY Jogger pants step by step refashion tutorial

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diy joggers step by step tutorial
Wondering how to make pants less baggy? Time for a DIY Jogger pants step by step tutorial! I made a pair of True Bias Hudson pants when I was pregnant and have been wearing them like crazy. Instead of sewing more pairs from scratch, I looked to my “donate” pile first. Shirts seem to be the hot item to sew but I’m going to throw a jogger pants refashion tutorial into the mix.

These grey pants are so comfy and have awesome big pockets but I find myself not wearing them because they get so filthy with the hems dragging on the floor while I chase my son- so I decided to refashion them into slimmer, cuffed pants. It’s a pretty easy fix and I’m sharing the jogger refashion tutorial below so you can make yourself a pair.

Check out my top 5 tips for shopping to refashion or upcycle for ideas on shopping a thrift store or your own closet strategically!  If you already have pants to makeover, read my tips for actually sewing refashions here!

The before – comfy but not cutting it.

The after! Comfy, cozy joggers with a pop of purple (my favorite color!)

Take it one step further and add some tie dye, check out this post on how to tie dye with bleach for that idea too!

DIY Jogger pants step by step tutorial


  • Pins
  • Sharp scissors
  • A sewing machine (use a stretch stitch, it looks like a lightning bold or a triple stitch) or serger – I love my Brother 1034d*
  • 1/4 yard of knit ribbing for the new cuff – this is a super stretchy fabric like you’d find on most cuffs or tshirt collars, here is an example of knit ribbing fabric*. You can also find it at Jo-Ann Fabrics, sometimes it comes in a “tube” form and can be easy to miss so ask a sales person.

Step 1

Lay a pair of joggers that you like the fit of over top of your sweat pants. If you don’t already own a pair, you can eyeball the curve, arching out from the crotch seam. Make sure both pairs of pants are laid completely flat, you can match the outseams but I didn’t because both pants had stylistic curves. Use pins to follow along the new seam you’ll be creating and sew a basting (long stitch length) stitch just outside your pinned line.

Try them on! Make sure that there aren’t any tucks, folds, and that you like the fit. Use a regular stretch stitch on your sewing machine or a serger to make the new seam permanent and trim the excess off.

Step 2

Lay the excess piece on the other leg and pin outside of it, repeat with the basting, trying on, and finishing the seam.

You could stop here if you like the look! I wanted to add a cuff, so keep reading.

Step 3

Sorry, feet shot, but use a pin and mark the desired length. Remember that you’ll be adding length with your cuff. Cut off the excess length.

Step 4

Lay the excess piece you just cut off the hems and cut the side seam so it’s flat. You can use this to gauge the length of your cuff. When cutting your cuff, remember that the stretch needs to go from side to side, not up and down; ribbed knit is the best type of fabric to use. I cut my cuff about an inch shorter than the leg’s opening.

Step 5

Remembering which way the stretch needs to go, sew up the vertical side with a stretch stitch or a serger. Pull one edge up over itself so the wrong side of the seams are touching each other and all the edges match up.

Step 6

Making sure your pants are right side out (not inside out), pull the cuff up so all raw edges are aligned. Sew with a stretch stitch or serger around them, gently stretching the ribbing to fit.

Step 7

Repeat all steps to create another cuff and do the next leg. Ta-da! You’re done.

Pin this DIY Jogger pants step by step tutorial  with this link or the photo below:

Refashion baggy sweatpants into joggers! This easy sewing tutorial will show you how to sew handmade joggers, no pattern required. #refashion

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Sunday 24th of October 2021

Great tutorial! my pants turned out really well. thank you

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 4th of July 2023

yay!! so happy to hear it!

Rebecca R. Reus

Thursday 24th of November 2016

Can you make a list of required items at the top? I don't have a lot of the right equipment for this project, but I didn't figure it out until a few steps in. I had to set the project aside and look into getting a serger (which, I don't even know what that is). I have a very limited sewing machine, and I'm willing to make the commitment to go out and get new materials. But it would be a lot easier to deal with that if you listed the required ingredients at the top (like in a recipe), so that I know what I need to get before I start. Please? It would be such a big help for me! Especially if you have recommendations for what serger to buy, etc.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 25th of November 2016

Hey Rebecca! I did edit and add a supply list - in this particular instance, I think anyone who sews clothes would have everything on hand, but I added it just in case! I say in the post that you can use a sewing machine - I own a serger but it is definitely not necessary. Sorry that that threw you off - please let me know if you have any other questions!

Linda Barnett

Monday 8th of February 2016

This is a fantastic repurposing idea. I have bought sweat bottoms that were just there, and I was freezing at home. The style I like is what you changed your pants to look like. Thanks for your idea, and I'm definitely going to try your great idea out. After all why buy a new pair if you can just change it slightly and make what you want. Sincerely, Linda B.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 15th of February 2016

Thanks so much Linda! Let me know how it goes :)

ruth croft

Thursday 24th of December 2015


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