How Many Yards of Fabric for Pants

Last Updated on March 19, 2024

Pants are a timeless and comfortable addition to any wardrobe, offering both style and versatility. In this DIY guide, we’ll walk you through the process of creating your own pair of lightweight corduroy pants with an elastic waist along with how many yards of fabric for pants. Whether you’re a seasoned seamstress or a beginner, follow these simple steps to achieve a stylish and cozy wardrobe staple.

How Many Yards of Fabric for Pants
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  • Look for corduroy with wales running parallel to the selvedge to ensure sufficient fabric width for your pants.
  • Cut corduroy in one direction to maintain a consistent color appearance due to varying light reflections on the nap.
  • For a modern fit, opt for a narrow but straight leg pattern, like the Simplicity pattern mentioned, and adjust the crotch length accordingly.
  • Enhance functionality by adding pockets to your pants, following the steps for a stylish and practical touch.
  • An elastic waistband creates a comfortable fit. Follow the guide’s instructions for inserting and securing the elastic in both the waist and ankle bands.

How Many Yards of Fabric for Pants

For the lightweight corduroy pants described in the guide, you’ll need approximately 1 1/2 yards of fabric. Adjust based on your size and desired length.


  1. 1 1/2 yards of lightweight corduroy fabric with parallel wales
  2. Pattern paper (optional but recommended)
  3. 1 1/2″ wide elastic (enough to fit around your waist and each ankle)
  4. Matching thread

Step 1: Create Your Pattern

Create Your Pattern
Create Your Pattern
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Using an existing pair of track pants as a template, trace and cut out each pants section onto pattern paper. This will provide you with a reusable pattern.

Make sure to flip the pattern over when cutting out the leg pieces, creating a mirrored image to avoid ending up with two right legs. Repeat for both front and back leg sections.

Step 2: Stitch the Leg Pieces

With right sides together, match up the front and back left leg patterns. Stitch up the two long sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance (s.a.), leaving a 10″ opening for inserting pockets. Repeat the process for the right leg pieces.

Step 3: Assemble the Pants

Still, inside out, open the right leg piece and slide the left leg piece down into the leg, ensuring that the front leg section of the opposite leg is on top. Stitch around the crotch with a 1/2″ s.a., securing all four layers of fabric.

Step 4: Add Pockets

Press the pockets in half and stitch across the bottom of each pocket with a 1/4″ s.a. Attach the pockets to each side of the pant legs, aligning the diagonal side with the front of the pants.

Step 5: Create Waistband and Ankle Bands

Press the waistband and ankle bands in half lengthwise. Match up the right sides of each end and stitch up with a 1/4″ s.a. to create circles.

Step 6: Attach Waistband and Ankle Bands

Stitch the waistband around the top of the pants, leaving a 2″ opening to insert the elastic. Repeat the process for each ankle band.

Step 7: Insert Elastic

Attach a safety pin to one end of the waistband elastic and insert it into the opening. Push the elastic through, holding onto the other end. Stitch the two ends of the elastic together and close the opening. Repeat for each ankle strap.


Can I use a different fabric for these pants?

Yes, you can experiment with different fabrics, but ensure they have a nice drape. Lightweight materials work best for the elastic waist corduroy pants.

 Why is it important to flip the pattern when cutting out the leg pieces?

Flipping the pattern creates a mirrored image, preventing you from ending up with two right legs or two left legs, ensuring a balanced and symmetrical fit.

Can I skip adding pockets to the pants?

If you prefer a simpler design, you can omit the pockets. Follow the same steps, excluding the pocket attachment process.

What is a nap layout, and why is it necessary when working with corduroy?

A nap layout refers to cutting all pieces of fabric in one direction to maintain consistent color and appearance. This is crucial for fabrics like corduroy, velvet, or velour, where the nap affects how light reflects on the material.

Can I adjust the pattern to fit a different size?

Yes, you can customize the pattern size based on your measurements. Be sure to measure both the pattern and yourself to ensure a proper fit.

Is it necessary to use an elastic waistband?

The elastic waistband provides comfort and flexibility. However, if desired, you can customize the waistband to your liking, opting for a drawstring or a different closure.

Where can I find stretch corduroy fabric for this project?

Stretch corduroy is available in some fabric stores. If you can’t find it, use non-stretch woven pants as a template or add extra seam allowances to a pair of stretch pants.


With these simple steps, you can create your own stylish and comfortable lightweight corduroy pants. Feel free to customize the pattern to your liking and experiment with different fabrics to suit your preferences. Enjoy sewing your unique wardrobe piece, and embrace the satisfaction of wearing handmade fashion.

Resource – Leanne Barlow