Thursday, February 2, 2012

Paper Bag Pants {Free PDF Pattern}

I have had a bit of a love affair with paper bag style clothing, pants mainly. I would love to wear the comfy pants myself but I am pretty sure my hips don't need the added poof. Abbey on the other hand? They would be super comfortable for any child loose, baggy, stretchy waisted pants. So I made some, I love them and I made a pattern for you. Not a graded pattern, but a pattern, in size 3T, well maybe like a 2T waist and a 3T length? Abbey is kind of between sizes and they fit her like some 2T and some 3T. (link for pattern below)

 The pants are pretty forgiving for the pattern since they are loose and baggy. So if you are making a larger or smaller size you should be able to adjust the height of the waist (front and back) Width (along the straight side) Length in the inseam.

Free Pattern can be found here:
Paper Bag Pants PDF

I use media fire to hold the free patterns, I don't pay for a media fire account just the free account this means they stay free for you and you may have to view a pop up ad, just close it please don't send me an email complaining about the ad. Simply click the green download button and your download should begin. If you have trouble downloading the pattern send me an email at
I am more than happy to send out the pattern to you, please be nice in your request (seems silly to even ask such a thing but it happens) It may take me a little time to get it out to you but I do my best.
Ok disclaimer (rant) over with and we can move on to the tutorial.

Few tips before we begin, I used a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Also the pants can be made with almost any fabric but since they get pleated and sewn at the top waist I reccomend a light weight fabric. I used this really light weight chambray denim. (plain cotton for the facing)
 Start by sewing right sides together, the pocket facing to the front of the pant.
 Then turn the pocket facing to the back of the pant and top stitch.
 Then with RST place the pocket piece down on the pocket facing. Then only sewing through the facing and the pocket sew them together along the edge.
 Now you should have your two front pieces done. Tack the pocket in place to secure along the top edge and side edge. (it makes sewing later easier)
 Next there is not a pattern piece for this but I decided to add faux welt pockets to the back of the pants. There is a tutorial on that here.
 See, cute little faux welt pockets. Totally optional.
 Now for the pants sew a front and back leg right sides together along the straight edge and from the curve of the crotch to the ankle.
 Then with one leg right side out and one leg inside out place the right side out leg into the other and line up the top curved piece. Sew the "U" shape to sew the two legs together.
 Now you have some very large looking pants. (Which seriously for like a size 4 or 5 you could just add and elastic waistband and have a cute pair of pants, just saying)
 Take the facing pieces. (the strips cut from the top part of the pattern) Sew them together at the back and side seams like you did for the pants. That way you should have a large waistband. (if you are using a one sided fabric sew right sides together for all the seams)
 Match up the front and back and match all the seams (sides and front and back) So the facing and the pant waist match up. Then sew them together.
 Press the facing up. Finish the top edge. I serged mine but you can turn it under if you rather. Then fold it down.
 Sew the facing down all around the pants. (you can see the stitch line) Now this part looks kind of messy, but it works. Measure your child from side to side across the front of their waist (or half their waist measurement) That is the size you want the front of the waist to be when you are done pleating. Add pleats across the front of the pant until it is the right size. It may take some adjusting to make sure the pleats stay even. Then sew right through the pleats to secure them all in place. I just followed the stitch line that was already there.
 Next take the piece for the elastic casing and fold both side length wise inward.
 Then sew it in place along the top and bottom leave the sides open. Slide your elastic in place. I used 1/2 inch knit elastic. How much you use will depend on how stretchy your elastic is and how tight you want it, I used about 6 inches. I usually use the rule of thumb that the back should be able to stretch to full size when the elastic is stretched.
 Sew the elastic in place at both ends to secure.
 Then for the front, I don't have the best picture for this but I used some nice and wide ribbon for the front tie. I sewed it in place at both sides. Then I tied it in bow being careful that it was not loose but not pulling the front pieces tight. (you can put it on your child to tie the bow then take it off to sew it in place) I tacked the ribbon and bow in place so it wouldn't come untied. Since if it was going to be anything like shoes they come undone every two seconds and that would just be annoying. Lastly hem  the bottom of the pants. The pattern was made pretty long, so you can hem them to whatever length you need, but keep in mind that wide leg pants look short really fast so keep them a little on the long side or they will be flood worthy in no time.
 Then thats it! Enjoy your new comfy pants.
With super deep pockets for the treasure keeper in your family!

(if you make some pants share them in our flickr group we would love to see them!)


  1. You have such a nice and cute daughter is a true little model ... pants are wonderful :)

  2. Your fabric art is a sin. And, I am in love.

  3. Those are so cute, as is your lovely model.

  4. Oh my gosh! I want a pair for myself! Seriously these are adorable. The black belt is what does it!

  5. Thanks for sharing the pattern. They're adorable.

  6. Oh my gosh, I want these in MY size! Thanks!!!

  7. Wow. Now I want some of those pants! And I want for my 4 girls to have some too! I love the gray and black it's absolutely fantastic!

  8. that's so nice of you to offer this as a free pattern - and I don't mind the adds :) The pants look super cute!

  9. these are so stinking cute Shauna!!! And the free pattern - wow. I love them, and just may need to make them fro Madeline!!!

  10. Oh my goodness, your patterns are amazing! I want to try these!

  11. OOuuu. I love this please make an adult one they look so comfy

  12. I saw you on craft gossip! Thank you so much for sharing with us!!

  13. Not sure which is cuter, the pants or the little lady wearing them!!!

  14. The pants and the model are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Your designs are amazing! I hope some day I can attempt to make some of your little girls clothes in my size!

  16. Love these pants. I like your description of the pants: My daughter is also a "2t in 3t length," so its nice to hear a term for it .

  17. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try them for my little princess...same size 2T waist, 3T length!

  18. I just noticed the blurb about not having permission to distribute. Do you object to pinning? I have been trying to be more conscious of my pinning.

    1. I am totally ok with pinning! (just please pin this page and not the actual pattern) The no distributing thing is that you don't have the right to give away the pattern or sell the pattern I keep all the rights to the pattern. Thanks!

  19. Thanks for this post!!! love the pants...and used your guidance for the waistband to make some paper bag-like shorts from an old skirt for KCWC!!

  20. I would love to make these for myself. Any tips?

  21. I have made some shorts using this pattern as a guide. The tutorial is so clear and easy to follow and I love the finished shorts... They are just so cute. I have posted about it on my blog and linked over to this tutorial. There's a photo there if you want to see how I use this pattern.


  22. A big hello from Berlin,Germany. Just a quick question. Is the 3/8 inch seam allowance already included in the pattern?
    (an enthusiastic beginner on the way to be a sewing fanatic)

  23. First of all.. great pattern! I love the look of those pants.. can't wait to try something like this! Secondly.. why are people so rude to complain about ads for a FREE pattern or be ugly requesting the (once again) FREE pattern by email?? Why do people have to be so mean? You are sharing this pattern for free when you don't have to. I'm sorry you get rude people sometimes =/ and sorry for the rant.. lol

  24. These are great. I've had a paper bag pant on my list for a bit. Pinned these for the growing project list. I had to smile at your sizing estimate I swear my little bean pole is a 12 mo. waist with 3T length. These might be just the style for her!

  25. Bonito blog, gracias por compartir, me gusta. mens jackets


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