Grab your coupon code from my facebook group and get yourself the Bonny Leggings! This week I will be posting daily mini tutorials for quick, easy, modifications to create different looks. I would love for you to sew a long with me and share your leggings on instagram or in my facebook group! Use the hashtags #sewalltheleggings #bonnyleggings you MAY win a prize or two if you do 🙂
Today I will be sharing how to create a hem band on your leggings. I’ll be honest, when I’m in a rush (always) I don’t want want to take the time to change my thread on my coverstitch. The hem on my daughter or son’s leggings are so tiny, it doesn’t seem worth the effort to change the thread. So, a lot of times I’ll add a simple band on the leggings instead! Very easy and quick quick quick. Plus it can be really cute to add a contrasting fabric! WIN all the way around 😉
First your inseam will be 1/2″ longer than stated in the tutorial, so you can trim the hem 1/2″ if you want. I don’t… again #lazygirl problems.
Cut your pieces per pattern. Lay them flat and measure the hem. Subtract 1″ from measurement and cut 2 band pieces using that measurement for the width x 2″. So if your hem measures 12.5″ you will cut 2 pieces 2″ x 11.5″.
Now take a band piece and press it in half lengthwise, WRONG sides together.
Find center of hem by fold in half widthwise. Pin center. Find the center of the band the same way, by folding in half widthwise.
With right sides and raw edges together, match center band to center hem. Then pin each end of band to edge of hem. You band will stretch slightly to hem.
Stitch together, stretching band to fit hem. Press seam toward leggings and top stitch if desired.
Continue to follow instructions per pattern! Tada! Now you can also so sew the hem band in the round, like you would a neck or arm band so you have no exposed seam at the inseam. I have shown both boy shorts here, but you can do this on any length option! I just have been making A LOT of boy shorts to go under dresses!
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Love this! Thanks for sharing!
Cristina Glover says
Super cute thanks for sharing this tip!
Super cute patterns!
The mini bands are too cute mod. Can’t wait to sew some up
I’m going to do that with my bony legs since apparently my machine won’t let me do the hem. That way I can only use the serger. Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial.
I absolutely love the bonny pattern! I am very new to sewing and still use my machine on the slowest settings, but this pattern is so easy and I managed to make 3 pairs over the weekend! Its a great feeling making your kids clothes, thank you!
Jami Schulte says
Thanks so much for this giveaway and congratulations on your anniversary!
Very exciting,, thanks for a chance to win! Off to make a few Bonnys!
Your daughter must be the best dressed girl in her class 🙂
Love your sewing patterns, thank you for sharing your ideas and creations with us!
I hope I win! 🙂
B Wright says
Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!
thank you got a chance at winning your amazing patterns.
Thank you so much for such an awesome giveaway! I am so excited to see what you have coming in your next year!
Lindsey Kirchner says
Can’t wait to make these leggings for my two daughters!
Sara Verdin says
I can’t wait to try this. Haven’t had a chance to sew in a while but the Bonny leggings are at the top of my list.
Nice/quick finishing technique!
Thank you for the giveaway!
I love all your patterns!
Nicole Remig says
I just realized how awesome the Bonny Leggings would be as underwear for when my daughter wears dresses! Thanks for the great pattern and giveaway!!
I love your sophia dress and add on, be glad when I have time to try the new legging pattern.
Kelly Bairos says
Super cute pattern!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amanda Reynolds says
Love the band modification! Can’t wait to find the perfect fabric for my 2 yr old!
Danielle Gobel says
Thank you for the tute and amazing giveaway!!!!
love the leggings, and all the options!
Love the look of hem bands. Thanks for the tutorial!
what a great contest! Thanks for the chance!!
Love this pattern!
Great tip, can’t wait to try it!
Thanks for the awesome patterns!!!
Can’t wait to make some with the legbands!
Thank you for this awesome opportunity!
Faty Oth says
Thanks for the bony pattern and for this mini tutorial and thanks for the opportunity to win your beautiful patterns, I love them all
Cortney porter says
thank you so
Much for your patterns and tutorials. You have really helped me become better at sewing and I can’t even being to express how thankful I am to have found your blog/patterns.
This is great! Thanks so much for sharing!
Heidi [Frog Creek] says
Kim B says
Thank you for a great free pattern and for showing us a great pattern hack. Happy pattern-versary!
Congrats on the pattern-versary! Your patterns are darling and a total hit in our house!
I love this, so simple and super cute!
I love these patterns!
Thanks for the giveaway, and a quick clever way to finish hems!
Awesome giveaway! Thanks! Great tutorial too!
I can’t want for more variations! Such a versatile pattern!
Love your patterns! Thanks for the freebie!
Love the tip! I’m super lazy about hemming around the legs, but it really does make such a nice difference!
these will be great under dresses!
Elaine L says
Can’t wait to make these.
Brooke Smith says
Love the hem bands! Can’t wait to make some pj pants next!
I love your patterns! Good luck everyone!!
Amanda Olson-Laurette says
Love this band idea! Thank you!!
Thanks so much, love your patterns and tutorials <3
Those shorts will be great for dance and gymnastics class!
Thanks for tut!I haven’t tried knits yet but love having an arsenal of tips before I do. Cheers!
Thank you!! 🙂
Lauren Short says
LOVE your patterns!! i think i own most of them now!
What a great tip! I love the contrast color idea. Thanks for sharing!
I love doing hem bands on everything!! They look adorable and make my life so much easier 🙂
Candy Riley says
Rachel Foreman says
Can’t wait to use this mod to sew my little up some playground shorts, thank you!!
Thanks for the contest and free pattern!
Thank you! I love adding hem bands – no popped top stitching
Thanks for the giveaway. I love all your patterns!
Love this pattern. Thanks for the mini-tut!
Robyn Dodge says
Can’t wait to try this! Love the pattern!
Julie D says
Loving the Bonny Leggings! Thanks for the pattern!
I was going to attempt to do bands on the bonny leggings, I hate hemming. This helped so much!
Katie priddy says
Love your patterns! So easy and quick and beautiful!
This is a great tutorial! Will definitely be using!
Trina Perry says
Love your patterns!
Thank you so much for the pattern! I am excited to try it out. My little wears leggings under her every day princess dresses all fall and winter long!
Thank you for the Bonny legs!
I am going to try the band hem on some today 🙂
Thanks for giving us a free pattern and for running this huge giveaway!!
Kim coffin says
Love these leggings!
Erin Krill says
I can’t wait to try this pattern. 🙂
Love the leggings!
Caitlin Towry says
Eeek! I can’t WAIT to make these!! I just ordered the Peg Legs for P4P too so my little girls and I can match 🙂
these are cute!! I bought the bonny leggings pattern I need to get to work!:)
I can’t wait to make Bonny Legs!!!
Allison Searcy says
Love all your patterns! Thanks so much for the leggings 🙂
Holly Williamson says
Can’t wait to make all these cute patterns for my LO!
Another amazing pattern and what an awesome giveaway!
Yay!!! Me, please! 😀
Karen C says
Can’t wait to make a pair of Bonny leggings for my girl!
So cute! I need to try this pattern.
Emily Pressler says
Thanks for doing this! I love your patterns!
This is a great technique! I hate hemming. Might have to try these on my peg legs as well!
Thanks for the wonderful leggings pattern. I’m using them as part of my daughter’s halloween costume!
In love with all the patterns!! Thanks!
Lindley Franks says
This is perfect for making them completely on the serger! I don’t have a cover stitch yet!
Jessica Campbell says
These are so cute! Thanks for the special coupon code!
Emily Doyle says
Awesome! Love all of your stuff!
I love cuffs on everything, hemming is such a pain! I’m getting ready to make a ton of Bonny leggings for my 5-year-olds, they wear leggings nearly every day.
I cannot wait to try the pattern out! I still have to finish building my sewing table/desk!
Love the Bonny pattern!
Great post. I was trying to figure out how to do this. I will be sharing pics later this week. As long as they come out right. Conquering my new year’s resolution to sew with knit.
Thanks for the giveaway!
This is awesome! Thanks
Great post. I was just wondering how to to add a hem band. I will working on a pair this week. I will share as long as they come out great. Working on my sewing new year’s resolution conquering knits…
That exactly what I was thinking for the hem. My daughter is so tiny, I did want to deal with hemming leggings. Also I have a new serger, the more I can just use my serger the better.
Ty for the tutorial on how to go about it.
Happy Anniversary. This is a great pattern.
#lazygirlproblems is like my life. Haha! Thanks for the giveaway!
super cute, I love your fabric choices x
Kara Anderson says
So excited to make these! Picked out my fabrics over the weekend. Also excited for the giveaway!
great tip on finishing the edges.
Elizabeth Stokely says
Just got my pattern! I can’t wait to move into our new home to make all the Bonny Leggings for my two girls! Would love to know how they fit over cloth diapers
Very clever! Can’t wait to try it!
Jennifer Bailey says
Thanks for the free leggings pattern. Congrats on your 2 year patternversary
Ashley Talbot says
Thanks for the great giveaway!
I can’t wait to sew these!!
Too cute! Can’t wait to try these out!
I’m excited to get started on my Bonny leggings!!
Love M4M patterns, easy to read and sew, only have a couple of patterns, but love them, 🙂
nicole salcido says
You are such an amazing friend and so kind and gracious to everyone who is #teammermaid. I love being apart of your family. Congrats on 2 years of joy and happiness.
Nicole Taylor says
What a great post, thanks for sharing 🙂
Bethany Holtet says
Can’t wait to make the Bonny leggings!
Teresa Rush says
Thanks for the tutorial. I want to try knits so bad. Soon…Very Soon 🙂
Kaitlyn Ritchie says
Looking forward to making my girl some bonny leggings!
I am so excited to use this pattern!!!!
Kelly wonder says
This is great thanks
Meg Sterk says
This is my favorite way to hem pants. 🙂
That’s a genius mod. Thank you! #lazygirlsrule
Maria Luísa Santos says
Happy Anniversary and thank you for the giveaway!
So exciting!!! Thank you so much!
Melinda walker says
awesome giveaway and love the free pattern thank you
Nice way to add some contrast to leggings – can’t wait to try them out.
Love all of these patterns!!!
Thanks for helping us make cute faster!
Love this idea. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for the tutorial. I’m really looking forward to the other tutorials you have planned.
Looks great thanks for the pattern, can’t wait to try all the options 🙂
I simply love your patterns.
Heather Jones says
My 2 little mermaids will love these =) Thank you.
why can’t these uni assigments be done yet? I really am dying to sewalltheleggings!!!!!
WOW! What a giveaway! :o)
Heather @ What Does She Do All Day says
I can’t wait to sew a pair but my serger is in the shop!
Mandy Agarwal says
My daughter will love these! Thank you!
Cynthia Heng says
Love all your patterns!!
Congrats on the anniversary!!
This is amazing! Love your patterns!
Dana Miller says
I think I may have found the material and courage to make these leggings. I love sewing your patterns but have never sewn knit.
Vicki K says
Thank you for this versatile pattern!! Maybe a tutorial for pockets at some point?
I’d really love to win all the patterns. I have quite a few, but no where near all of them.
Cari Kelly says
I’m so excited to try this pattern!
Thanks for the great pattern! I can’t wait to sew up some leggings!
Katie Thomas says
Thank you for the awesome tips and patterns!
Love Bonny leggings! Thanks for the awesome pattern.
I like that idea, even more I liked how you gave pictures of how it looked–with both matching and contrasting fabric. I might not have tried it without seeing it, but it looks great!
Thanks for the awesome patterns and give aways!
Brandy Kurth says
Thank you so much for the incredible giveaway! Love ALL of your patterns!
Lisa Bradbury says
Love Love Love all your patterns!! thanks for this awesome chance!!
Sharon K says
I love this giveaway so much, really hoping I get lucky and win ALL THE PATTERNS! Thanks for such a great giveaway, including the awesome coupon code for the Bonny Legs in the group, love it!!!!
Axa Francis says
That’s a great idea. My little girl needs some of these shorts.
I love versatile patterns. Thanks for a great one!
So excited to try this.
Love my bonny leggings
Louwisa Jensen Chairez says
Perfect for under skirts!
I’m in love with these new leggings and all of the different ways they can be used! Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern!
These are perfect for under little dresses! The hem band dresses them up a bit, too! Thanks for the sale and the tutorials!
this is such an awesome giveaway!
I adore every single pattern of yours! They are so simple for beginning seamstresses. Thank you!
I love the short length… I need to make a ton of these to go under my toddler’s dresses.
Thank you! These are so cute!
Marci Debetaz says
Love this pattern and looking forward to all the mini tutorials!
Lindsey Duvall says
I’m loving the new Bonny leggings!!!
Thanks so much, can’t wait to sew these up for my girls!
Thank you! I’m excited to make a pair for my daughter. Looking forward to many matching leggings in our future 🙂
Thank you! I made my twins a pair of the bonny leggings yesterday and I love the fit! Absolutely perfect!
SOooo pretty! Would love to win.
I would have never thought to do this but I will now thank you! xxx
Awesome giveaway!! Such cute patterns!!
Thanks so much for this pattern and giveaway!
Love hem bands and cuffs!! They are so fun and you can use little scraps!
Love your patterns!
Thanks for the chance to win! So excited!!
Melissa Renwick says
Love your patterns!!
Thank you for all the wonderful patterns, tips, discounts & chance to win everything! 🙂
Love this pattern and all of them.
I’d love to win them
Sarah helbig says
Love your patterns! Made my first pair of your leggings for my daughter today. She loves them! Thank you so much!
Love the option of the bands! Thanks!
Love me a good pair of leggings!
I do hem bands whenever possible because I hate hemming!
Kimberly Mack says
Thank you for helping me avoid hemming on knit. 🙂
Great pattern and tutorial. Happy anniversary!
So smart and so cute!
My daughter just started cheerleading at her school, she’s 10, and I can’t wait to make her all the Bonny’s! She’s so skinny all the exercise/yoga pants we buy in her size are baggy. I know these will fit perfectly. 🙂
Nancy Herring says
Love these leggings and all the possibilities!
Love this! Thanks for all the tips!
Ryan Lawler says
I’ve got to remember this!
Love your patterns!
Thanks for the post! Love having pictures to help
Krista Brock says
Thank you so much for this giveaway. Your patterns are amazing!
Rebecca Amick says
Love your patterns!!! My little girl has every one of them on her wish list, lol. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!!!
Can’t wait to make these. Thank you
Thanks for the great pattern. It fits much nicer than another leggings pattern I tried.
christina gossard says
Super cute thanks for sharing !
This is THE BEST giveaway I have ever seen.
Great tip for hemming leggings! I don’t have a coverstitch so sometimes it’s just nice to avoid having to figure out all over again exactly what settings with the twin needle…
Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the blog post!
I need to get my butt in gear and sew some up! <3
Super cute pattern 🙂
Suzanne Bruun says
Such adorable patterns and fabrics!
Just in time for kindergarten!
my daughter is in desperate need of some of these shorts under her dresses, because she must “wear the dresses everyday!!!”
Jill A says
Thanks for the cute pattern!
Krystal S says
Love the polka dot fabric!! Can’t wait to start making my daughter some of these!
I love this pattern! My girls live in leggings so this is perfect.
Thanks for the giveaway and for the free pattern & tutorial!! So generous.
Wendy H says
Love these! 🙂
Love the idea of using a contrasting fabric! I also think these would be perfect under dresses!
I love all of your designs. Will be making some of these for my daughter soon.
Meagan Raymer says
Love this tip! Thank you!
Allison P says
Love!!! Thanks for the tutorial.
Hem bands are genius! My girl’s ankle hems ended up being too snug, not sure what I did wrong there, but now I know what I will do to fix it – cut the hem off and replace it with a band! 🙂 Thanks!
Love the leggings! Thanks so much!
Thanks for the giveaway! And congrats on your pattern-versity, I totally love this band tip, makes them looks so cute
gosh I can’t wait to make these!
Woo! So awesome!
Thanks for a great pattern and tutorials!
So damn cute. So glad I found you!
Can’t wait to try this on my pants
Sharon Mc Clean says
Fantastic tutorials, love the visual photos very easy to follow
Great tips! Thank you!
Sam Chan-Jury says
Thanks for the freebie can’t wait to make some for my girl!!
Thanks for sharing additional tips for your pattern!
Tina Voth says
This is awesome!
I love this! I wonder if I can do it on the peg legs too…hmmm…
Thanks for the tips!
Thanks so much for such a cute pattern!
Thanks so much for the chance! I love the M4M patterns I already have!
Love your patterns!! Awesome giveaway!!! 🙂
Allison Lee says
Thanks for the pattern piece for the gusset on the leggings! These tutorials are great. 🙂
Thanks for the opportunity to win in your giveaway!
Lindsey Brienen says
Best giveaway in the history of ever! Love everything about you M4M ❤️
Jessica Hilliard says
Thanks for the Bonny leggings, this tutorial, and the giveaway too! I really need to make some under shorts for her dresses, this is perfect.
I can’t wait to make my daughter and I matching leggings! Thanks for sharing this tip and happy anniversary.
So excited for this give away. Hope I win
These are coming up next on my sewing list and can’t wait.
KelseyAnn Rose says
I wish I had a coverstitch! Love the band idea for in the meantime! Also, thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Your patterns look beautiful. Would love to try them, but life hasn’t been kind lately which means for now I can’t afford too.
Thank you for the leggings pattern. They will match nicely with my peg legs 🙂
Whitney Crosby says
Sooo super excited about this giveaway and to get started on some Bonny’s!!
Such cute patterns!
Amy Oliver says
This is so very nice of you to give away. I can’t wait to make some for my two girls. Thank you.
Oh great tip, would be great for when pants get a bit short too.
The leggings are darling and so is the cuff hem band!! I just have to try it now! Thanks for the contest!!
Your patterns are very unique.
Can’t wait to try this pattern out!!
Hem bands for the win!!! Love the tip. Thanks!
Skye Paige says
Thanks for sharing. Love these ♡
Megan Rossiter says
Awesome tut! I would LOVE to win your patterns. Have only been able to get 1 and I love them all!
Afton Foreman says
I absolutely LOVE YOUR PATTERNS! They are so unique and fun!
Kitty Sanchez says
Great tips, thanks for posting!
These are first on my pile of things I want to see (right after I finish all the things I have to sew) Thanks for the awesome pattern!
Missy Raabe says
I love this! Can’t wait to whip up tons of them for my twin girls!
I love your patterns! I’m new to sewing and I’ve always been scared of paper patterns. I love that you have PDF ones with tutorials!
Susan berthold says
Great tips! I love your blog and patterns!
Great tip! Thanks!
cassie lewis says
Awesome technique, males it sound so easy!
Love this! And can’t wait to dive into the pattern.
Michelle Mathis says
Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to making matching leggings for myself and my daughter this fall 🙂
Love the tip! Thanks. I can’t wait to make my little girl some Bonnies
Sharon Archer says
What a great little pattern hack!
Thanks so much for your awesome pattern (I haven’t made the Bonny’s yet, but um, I have lots of faith that they are going to be amazing)! But then, all the posts on how to modify them, and a giant giveaway?! How can we lose?
Ginger Bell says
What an amazing give away!! I have so many of your patterns on my watch list. They are so beautiful!
Melissa Hruban says
Congrats on your Pattern-versary! You are an amazing designer & person!
Stacie Sawicki says
Thank you for the cuff tutorial, and for the free leggings pattern!
Karin Abel says
Thanks for posting! 🙂
I can’t wait to make my first pair of Bonnys! Thanks for the giveaway!
Short leggings under skirts are a must for my daughter come summer!
Thank you for the wonderful tips. I will be trying them soon.
Brittany Kelly says
So cute! Thanks for the giveaway!
So glad someone pointed me in your direction last year. I used your patterns for Halloween, Christmas & Easter this past year and have just started on my oldest daughters’ dress for picture day at school. So grateful for your willingness to share your talent with all of us!
Thank you for this great pattern and all the alterations. I will be using them quite a bit for both of my girls.
amanda b says
Thanks for the giveaway, it would be awesome to win! I also love the different finishes you are doing on the bonny leggings too!
Loving the Bonny’s I’ve made so far! Can’t wait to try some of the variations!
So much to sew, so little time! Love it all.
Tameka Murrell says
adorable! can’t wait to sew some up!
KYA MENDOZA says
love your patterns! Thanks for being awesome! 🙂
nacole mcghin says
I cant wait to make these!
Michelle Smith says
Thanks for post and giveaway!
Love all the add on pieces you help with! You girls are truly amazing and provide the most wonderful experience for your customers! Thank you !!
I love these and all the pattern hacks! Thanks so much for your generosity. These will go great with my Peg Legs 😉
Happy anniversary!! Love M4M!
Thank you for the great pattern and tips!
Super cute! I will definitely use these…Thank you!
Gina R. says
So excited to try these for my little girls, awesome, thanks!
Thanks so much for this! What a great giveaway as well!