DIY Projects & Crafts Sewing Drawstring Pants Their easy form flatters all sizes and shapes. By Martha Stewart Editors Martha Stewart Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Website An article attributed to "Martha Stewart Editors" indicates when several writers and editors have contributed to an article over the years. These collaborations allow us to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information available.The Martha Stewart team aims to teach and inspire readers daily with tested-until-perfected recipes, creative DIY projects, and elevated home and entertaining ideas. They are experts in their fields who research, create, and test the best ways to help readers design the life they want. The joy is in the doing. Editorial Guidelines Updated on September 20, 2018 Share Tweet Pin Email This comfortable pair of drawstring pants from Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts is one of the simplest pieces of clothing you can sew. What You'll Need Materials Drawstring pants template Fabric and sewing shears Clear tape 2 yards (1.8 meters) fabric, such as lightweight seersucker Iron Sewing machine Machine needles and coordinating thread 1 yard (0.9 meter) twill tape Large safety pin Instructions Print pattern template, tape pieces together with clear tape, and cut out. Wash, dry, and press the fabric. Cut out the pattern, following the lines for desired size. Fold the fabric, right sides facing, so that the fold is along the length of the fabric (selvages touching). Place the pattern pieces on the fabric and cut out. Place the 2 front pieces together, right sides facing, and pin along the crotch seem; sew them together with a 1/2-inch (13-millimeter) seam allowance, stopping 2 1/2 inches (centimeters) from the top. Press open the seam allowance and finish the edges with a zigzag stitch. Repeat with the left and right back-pant pieces, but sew all the way to the top. Place the front and back pieces together, right sides facing; pin and sew the sides together with a 1/2-inch (13-millimeter) seam allowance. Press open the seams, finish the edges with a zigzag stitch, and press them open again. Pin the front and back inseams together; sew with a 1/2-inch (13-millimeter) seam. Press open the seam allowance, finish the edges with a zigzag stitch, and press them open again. With the pants still inside out, create a channel around the waistband for a drawstring: Fold and press the top edge down 1/2 inch (13 millimeters), then fold and press again 1 inch (2.5 centimeters), and edge-stitch 1/8 inch (3 millimeters) from the double-fold's lower edge, making sure to stitch back and forth several times at the opening. Attach a safety pin to one end of the twill tape, and feed the tape through the channel. To hem the pants, put them on. Mark the hem you'd like, then make a mark 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) below this initial mark. Cut away any fabric below the lower mark. Make a double hem: Fold edge over 1/2 inch (13 millimeters) again. Press, pin, and edge-stitch.