Shorten Leggings With Button Tabs - Tutorial

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


As you can see, these poor leggings needed an update. When I saw these cute button tabbed leggings from Tea Collection, I knew that would be the trick to spiff these up a bit.


Here’s how I did it. Cut the leggings about 2” longer than you want the finished length.


Fold the cut edge under 1/2” and sew with a stretch stitch. Usually, I would prefer a twin needle here, but mine happened to break just as I was starting this project. A zig zag stitch works just as well.


For the tabs, I cut two rectangles from the trimmed pant legs and two rectangles from a scrap of muslin. You should have 4 rectangles that measure 1 1/4” by 4”. Then cut a rounded top edge on each rectangle.


Place one knit piece right sides together with one muslin piece and stitch together with 1/4” seam allowance starting and ending at the bottom short edge.


Turn the tab right side out. Fold under the bottom raw edge 1/2” then again 1/2”. Measure up 2” from the bottom hem of the leggings and stitch the folded edge of the tab down with a zig zag stitch on the wrong side of the leggings. Make sure the right side of the tab faces out and you stitch the tab at the outseam of the leggings.


Flip the tab over to the right side of the leggings and hand stitch down with a button covering the zig zag stitch. The legging should bunch up slightly at the tab.


These leggings are the perfect length for spring now with a sassy new detail.


Linking up to Knock Our Socks Off, Train to Crazy and girl.inspired.


  1. this is SO cute I want my own. I hope you'll be adding this to my What We Wore, Read, and Made link party

  2. Great idea! I have to try this. I have a pair of legging that got shorter with washing and I never wear them because they have an awkward length. Gonna try this on them!

  3. thanks for share..

  4. This really is a good influencing take on this specific point. I’m pleased you shared your feelings as well as smart ideas. Generate qr code

  5. I have to try this. I have a pair of legging that got shorter with washing and I never wear them because they have an awkward length. Gonna try this on them!
    Broken Link Checker

  6. I have a pair of legging that got shorter with washing and I never wear them because they have an awkward length. Gonna try this on them!qr code

  7. We’re an online shopping marketplace and we provide an affordable and seamless shopping experience. AllShopBiz offers shopping deals on the world’s largest selection of products and services. You can explore large range of products and product categories, as we provide you with the best prices across a wide-spread range of Electronics, Clothing and Apparels, Furniture etc. Looking for a website to purchase some electronic goods, but you don’t know where you can find a website where you can find everything related to electronics and more at a reasonable price?Online Shop

  8. It is good to know that using a block buffer is better than using a nail file. Using a buffer won’t weaken the nail while drying it out. I’ll have to pass this along to my sister who wants to be a nail tech in the future. Monster Truck Show

  9. This content has a lot of great information that is apparently intended to make you think. There are excellent points made here and I agree on many. I like the way this content is written.United Arab Emirates

  10. Thank you for any other informative web site. The place else may just I get that type of information written in such an ideal approach? I have a venture that I am just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such info. check this link

  11. I do enjoy the way you have framed this problem plus it does indeed give me some fodder for consideration. Nonetheless, from what precisely I have personally seen, I just hope when other remarks pile on that folks stay on point and not start upon a soap box of some other news du jour. Anyway, thank you for this superb point and while I do not agree with it in totality, I respect the point of view. การ์ดงานแต่ง

  12. These articles are exactly what I need. It is very nice of you to share your understanding.
    I have learned interesting things. I have a liking for your posts. Please, upload more and more posts

    Try to check my webpage :: 풀싸롱


Proudly designed by Mlekoshi playground