How to Sew Cargo Pants | GA023

How to Sew Cargo Pants | GA023

A tutorial like no other... showing you how to sew pants with little to no experience. Sewing pants is hard enough... now try Cargo Pants which can be a relatively complex design. In this video, the instructions are broken down into simple steps and explained for everyone to enjoy. The sewing pattern for cargo pants is free, with an easy to follow layout and many details - designed to be a sewing pattern for beginners.

For the digital sewing pattern, visit: Cargo Pants Sewing Pattern

Below is a beginner's guide for sewing cargo pants. 



1. Choose the Appropriate Material

Fabric & Thread
There's a few considerations when choosing your fabric for cargo pants:

  • Durable to withstand daily wear (walking, running, sitting, etc)
  • Densely woven because it tends to translate to stronger fabric
  • A bit of natural stretch and elasticity to allow for movement without losing its shape or getting stretch out over time
  • Wrinkle resistant (thicker, synthetic fibres tend to be more wrinkle-resistant than thinner fabric made from 100% natural fibres)

The DIY Kits come with poly cotton twill because it is typically more durable than 100% cotton and less likely to lose its shape. 


As per the Glory Allan pattern, you'll need:

Poly Cotton Twill Fabric: 3.0 yards 

Broadcloth Fabric (for pockets): 0.25 yards of 60" bolt / 0.50 yards of a 45" bolt

2" Interfacing: 3.25 yards 

30L Buttons: 10 pieces

All Purpose Polyester Thread: 250 yards minimum

Cargo Pants Sewing DIY Kit for Beginners available here:


2. Wash the Fabric

A general rule for every sewing project is to wash the fabric before construction. This helps pre-shrink it and set the dye. All cotton products will have natural shrinkage, so it's best to take the safe route. 

Remember to:

  • Unfold the fabric before loading in the machine
  • Don't overcrowd the machine
  • Wash like you would wash the final pants


Sewing Tools and Accessories

Sewing Tools

 Sewing Machine (ideally with a zigzag stitch option)

  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Tailor's Chalk
  • Transparent Ruler
  • Craft Scissors
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Pins and Sewing Clips

Sewing Machine Stitch Settings

This will depend on the fabric you're using, but the most common stitch setting is:

Tension: 4

Length: 2.5mm

Width: 0mm 

Straight Stitch


Sewing Session
How to Sew Cargo Pants | GA023