21 Free Leggings Patterns and Tutorials

21 Free Leggings Patterns and Tutorials

mermaid leggings

If you’ve been suspecting that you can make leggings that are just as good as the ones you can buy in stores, then you are RIGHT! Leggings are super easy to sew, very forgiving for the beginner, and best yet, when you’re in charge of making them, you get to choose your favorite prints and patterns, and you get to make sure that the fit and length are exactly what you want.

For instance, those mermaid leggings in that photo above? I sewed them in exactly the holographic blue mermaid scale print that my mermaid-obsessed kid has been dreaming of, and I went up a full size in the length, so that unlike every other pair of leggings that I’ve ever tried to buy her in a store, they actually fit both her waist AND her legs–yay!

And of COURSE, I sewed her American Girl doll a matching pair of mermaid leggings from the scrap fabric.

Making a kid’s dream come true isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Interested in making some dreams of your own come true, or maybe you just want another pair of comfy pants? No problem! Check out my list of FREE leggings patterns and tutorials below, and soon you and your ball-point sewing needle will be cranking out some new favorites.

space leggings

1. Peg Legs by Patterns for PiratesI seriously cannot believe that this pattern is free. It is the BEST leggings pattern, and you can also get free add-ons to it to make it even fancier. It also comes in a huge variety of sizes–my 12-year-old is just barely too small for the smallest size, but my 14-year-old (near the bottom of the sizes) and I (near the top) both love the leggings that I made from this pattern.

2. Easy 18-inch doll leggingsThis is THEE pattern that I use to make American Girl doll leggings. Every time I sew a pair of leggings, I use the scraps to sew a pair for my kid’s dolls. She loves them, and *I* love using up every last bit of fabric!

3. Adult sweater to child leggingsThese kid leggings aren’t stretchy, but they are SO warm and toasty, and the wilder the sweater, the more the kid will love them.

4. Draft your own leggings patternIf you want a real, made-from-scratch DIY experience, why not draft your own pattern? Leggings are so forgiving that this is a great beginner’s project.

5. No-sew braided leggingsYou do have to start with a complete pair of leggings for this project, but it would be a great way to jazz up a boring pair of leggings rather than buying a brand-new pair.

6. Free children’s leggings patternSo many tutorials tell you to make leggings by tracing a pair of leggings that you already own, and honestly, I’m pretty over that. That’s a fine novice trick, but after a while, you really just want a well-drafted pattern with a decent range of sizes. So hallelujah, here’s just that!

7. Knit shirt to child leggingsHonestly, if I had another kid, all I’d do is upcycle old adult shirts into clothes for that kid. Any comfy long-sleeved shirt made of T-shirt fabric can be used to make a comfy pair of leggings for a kid.

8. No-hem bow cuff for leggingsUse this cute finishing technique with any leggings pattern.

9. Skirt + leggingsThis pattern is a great idea for kids who want to wear a pair of leggings under their skirt, anyway. Hint: it makes the monkey bars so much easier!

10. Knee patches for leggingsYou can save yourself a lot of trouble by simply putting knee patches on your kids’ leggings as you sew them.

11. Another free leggings pattern. And here’s another free adult leggings pattern! It’s an embarrassment of riches!

12. Another free kids’ leggings patternI really like the flounced capri option with these leggings.

13. Leggings to shortsRefashioning holey leggings into shorts is super easy, and you always need another pair of shorts!

14. Add ruffles to leggingsThese ruffles would be super cute attached to capri leggings.

15. Size medium leggings patternFree patterns for adult leggings are hard to come by. If you’re a size medium, then you’re in luck!

16. Painted patterns on leggingsHere’s another fun way to embellish a boring pair of leggings.

17. Baby leggings patternIf anyone deserves to be comfy, it’s a BABY!

18. Stretch lace leggingsUse any of the listed leggings patterns with stretch lace, and make yourself a super cute base layer.

19. Anything But Basic leggings patternHere’s another free pattern for adults, and it comes in a range of sizes, too. Yay!

20. Yoga pants to leggingsIf you’ve got yoga pants but you’d rather have leggings, here’s how to make the change.

21. Leggings with ruffled flowersWhen you sew your own leggings, it’s simple to add high-fashion embellishments–like these ruffled flowers!

Do YOU have a favorite way to sew or embellish leggings? Share them with me in the comments below!


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32 Eco-Friendly Halloween Crafts

32 Eco-Friendly Halloween Crafts

Halloween is the BEST holiday, but don’t get tricked into thinking that you’ve got to throw down the bucks in order to celebrate it in style. The truth is that too many store-bought Halloween decorations and accessories are made with unsustainable materials and practices, shipped long distances, and include too much packaging–and I’m not even going to get started on what they’ll do when they inevitably end up clogging the waste stream.

These eco-friendly Halloween crafts, however, have NONE of that nonsense. You’ll love how awesome and unique your Halloween decorations are, and the environment will thank you for not adding one more sweatshopped plastic piece of junk to the landfill in November.

Check out this list of my own favorite eco-friendly Halloween crafts, and get inspired!

1. Upcycled sugar skull candle holderI used empty Crystal Head vodka bottles (hiccup!) for this project, but your thrift store or local Freecycle might have other options for skull-shaped glass bottles.

2.Bleeding candlesThis is a great way to liven up and get some more use out of partially-burned white candles. For an even easier method, use red crayons to make the blood drips.

3. DIY candy holdersParty favors are easy to pass out when they’re popped safely into these DIY candy holders, decorated to look like funny monsters.

Upcycled Halloween Crafts
4. Jack-o-Lantern string artDon’t let string art be a forgotten hobby–it’s super fun!

5. Monster headbandMaybe you’re more into a low-key Halloween costume, and I get that. In such cases, might I recommend the simple, upcycled monster headband?

DIY Monster Headband

6. Flashlight projectorMake trick-or-treating even spookier with these DIY filters to make Halloween-themed flashlight projections.

7. Ghost tasselsThis is a terrific way to use up stash yarn, and bonus–you’ll learn how to make tassels!

8. Milk jug skullsThese skulls are a LOT of work, but they look amazing, AND they’re made from plastic milk jugs!

9. Recycled jar mummyLooking for some Halloween decorations that are a tad spooky but won’t scare the snot out of your kids? It’s the recycled jar mummy to the rescue! For even more fun, turn it into a candle holder!

10. Halloween cootie catchersNeed a quick craft for a children’s Halloween party? Try making Halloween cootie catchers!

11. Mason jar luminaryYou can also use spaghetti or jelly jars for this craft.

12. Magazine collage Jack-o-LanternThis is a great way to use up those catalogs that you’re somehow still getting in the mail, grr.

13. DIY chalkboard maskNot sure what you want to be for Halloween? Be something different every time with this handmade chalkboard mask!

DIY Halloween Decorations: Chalkboard Mask

14. Halloween-themed pallets. There are SO many ways to decorate pallets for Halloween.

15. Scrap yarn pumpkinsOrange scrap yarn can be hard to find a use for… unless it’s Halloween!

16. Upcycled thrift store Halloween figuresHit up your local thrift store for tacky figurines, and transform them into the stuff of nightmares.

17. FrankenbottleIt’s a chilly, rainy, miserable day outside today. Wouldn’t it be nice to stay snuggled up inside, raid the recycling bin, and make some fun Halloween decorations?

Halloween Crafts from Recycled Materials: DIY Halloween Decorations: Frankenstein Bottle

18. Faux taxidermyMy kids have grown out of playing with their billions of plastic toy animals, but they still don’t want them gone. I wonder if they’d mind if I turned them into taxidermy?

19. Spaghetti wormsRemember that old game where you’re blindfolded and have to reach into a bowl of worms? Yeah, there’s a whole new generation that needs to be freaked out by that one…

20. Pillowcase ghost dressWhite pillowcases are a dime a dozen (literally!) at many thrift shops, and they’re perfect for making pillowcase dresses embellished to look like ghosties.

21. Upcycled tin lanternsJust as fun to carve as pumpkins, and yet way less messy, these tin can lanterns are a great way to light the path for trick-or-treaters.

DIY Halloween Decorations: Boo Lanterns

22. Cereal box tombstoneUpcycle a cereal box into a creepy tombstone.

23. Head in a jarThis is my favorite kind of Halloween craft because when you’re done, all you have to do is pour out the water, toss the photo (or save it until next year), and put your big jar back into service!

24. Book page and bat Halloween buntingI LOVE to craft with old book pages, and their black-and-white beauty is especially suited to Halloween crafting.

25. Porch scarecrowKick your Halloween decorations old-school with your very own porch scarecrow. For bonus points, stuff it with fallen leaves from your yard!

Halloween Crafts from Recycled Materials: DIY Halloween Decorations: Drunken Farmer

26.Dryer lint funeral mossThis is so weird and gross, but dryer lint DOES make great moss for decorating fake tombstones, so there you go…

27. Scrapbook paper pumpkin garlandHave too much stash scrapbook paper? Give it a new life in this fun and festive pumpkin garland.

28. Upcycled Halloween village luminariesPut all of your old spaghetti jars into service to make this spookily beautiful Halloween village.

29. Paper luminary coversYou can turn any tealight into a Halloween luminary just be adding a perforated paper cover.

30. Decoupaged Halloween blocksRemember how much I love to decoupage blocks? Here’s a great method for adding some Halloween theming to them.

31. Spinning cardboard ghosts.  Use cardstock to make this easy and fun Halloween spinning ghost, then hang it up in a drafty corner.

32. Witch’s broomAren’t you happy that you haven’t cut your grass all summer?

Do YOU have a favorite eco-friendly Halloween craft? Share it with me in the Comments below!


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13 Ways to Upcycle Eyeglass Cases

13 Ways to Upcycle Eyeglass Cases

It’s easy to donate your old eyeglasses, but what about the cases?

The donation facility likely doesn’t want them. You got a new one with your new eyeglasses, so YOU don’t need them. They’re probably not recyclable and probably made of plastic, so your choices are to toss your old eyeglass case into the waste stream or to upcycle it into something new.

I think you know which of those choices *I* think you should pick!

To make it easier on you, check out this list of awesome ways to upcycle eyeglass cases. Find a project to excite and inspire you, and you’ll be happy to keep your eyeglass case out of the waste stream and make a new, useful second life for it:

sunglasses and case

How will you reuse your eyeglasses case? Kamil Kaczor / Flickr (Creative Commons)

1. Travel sewing kitAn old eyeglass case makes for a super handy travel sewing kit. Keep one in every car, the bag you carry around each day, and the guest bathroom, and you’ll never be unprepared for a sewing emergency. A good travel sewing kit should have a couple of needles, both black and white thread, a couple of buttons, and thread scissors.

2. Travel first aid kitEyeglass cases are great for these types of kits because they’re just the right size. You’ll have no problem fitting some band-aids, antibacterial wipes, tweezers, and a couple of Tylenol and allergy pills into this take-anywhere travel first-aid kit.

3. ClutchFor those times when all you need to carry is your ID, a credit card, and maybe some chapstick, check out this beautifully upcycled eyeglass case clutch. It’s the perfect size to fit easily on one hand, and if you embellish the snot out of it, nobody would even guess that it used to hold your sunglasses!

4. Animal clutchYou’ll need a hard-shell eyeglass case for this project, but when you’re done, you’ll have a great, kid-friendly holder for all sorts of kid treasures.


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5. Embellish it! Of course, you don’t need a billion eyeglass cases. But perhaps you DO need a couple–one plain one for everyday, and one very, very beautiful one for special occasions. Consider blinging a plain eyeglass case and turning it into the one that you use for special times. It’s nice to have something that doesn’t look like it’s a dime a dozen, and if you know that you’ve got it on hand, then it’s easy to remember to say no to the free eyeglasses case that comes with your next pair of glasses.

6. Jewelry holderAn eyeglass case is a great choice to carry your jewelry when you travel.

8. iPod storageYou’d have to have some pretty big glasses in order to fit one of those fancy-schmancy iPods, but my iPod nano and earbuds would fit perfectly into this made-over iPod storage case.


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8. Manicure kitDo you spend time waiting in the car? Sometimes I feel like I spend MOST of my time waiting in the car! With this DIY manicure kit upcycled from an eyeglass case, you can use that wait time to pretty up your fingernails. There’s plenty of room to hold your favorite nail polish, clear coat, nail trimmers, and a nail file. Add a dotting tool or some glitter polish, and you can use those spare minutes to turn your basic manicure into something fun and fancy!

9. Snack holderDon’t you hate it when your snack bar gets mashed inside your backpack? I have eaten more flat Lara Bars than I can name, and I promise you that they do not taste as good when they’re squished! Save yourself the misery and store your snacks in a hard-shell eyeglass case. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, decoupage old snack bar wrappers onto the outside of the case so that you always know where your nummies are!

10. Mini tool kitThe case used in this project is a zippered sunglasses case. The attached hanging loop lets you add on even more important tools!

11. Altered artTurn your eyeglass case into a piece of art! Here’s another piece of altered eyeglass case art, complete with tutorial. The sky is the limit with these–turn them into shadow boxes, dream catchers, miniature altars, or treasure boxes.

12. Altered eyeglass case boxDid you know that even the packaging that a pair of eyeglasses comes in has its own packaging? Grr! Here’s a fun idea for upcycling the box that a pair of eyeglasses in their case comes in.

13. Train set in an eyeglass caseThis is more inspiration piece than project tutorial, but it’s detailed enough that it should give you a clear idea about how to go about transforming your eyeglass case into an adorable teeny train set. If you’re feeling even more motivated, there’s an intricately-detailed eyeglass case train diorama here. Who knew that this was a thing?!?

Do you have an awesome way to re-use your eyeglass cases? Tell me all about it in the Comments below!


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