How to make thong panties

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How to make thong panties
Making thong panties requires a little fabric and some quick sewing. (sewing image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Making thong panties is a relatively easy project for most crafters. They require small amounts of fabric and are quickly assembled. Sewing thongs can be a way to "upcycle" clothing; if you use old T-shirts you may be able to get a few pairs of panties out of one garment. Additionally, making thongs can ensure excellent fit and comfort, something that is often missing from commercially made underwear.

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Jersey fabric
  • Elastic
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Develop a pattern. Patterns for thong panties can be bought, however it is just as simple to use an existing pair of panties to make a pattern. Find your most comfortable pair of panties and fold them in half vertically. Place the underwear on a white sheet of paper and trace the front, making notes as to where the crotch and hip seams are. Repeat the tracing for the back of the thong.

  2. 2

    Cut out the pattern and pin it to the fabric. To minimise seams, place the pattern pieces on a fold of the fabric. Cut the fabric carefully, allowing for approximately a 6 mm (1/4 inch) for attaching the elastic at the waist and leg openings.

  3. 3

    Assemble the panties. Sew the crotch seam first, using a zigzag stitch for elasticity. Sew the hip seams and try on the thong for fit. Adjust the fit at the seams as needed.

  4. 4

    Sew the elastic to the right side of the panties at the waist using a zigzag stitch. Pull the elastic gently as you sew to allow for stretch. Turn the elastic to the inside of the panties and sew again to give the thong's edges a finished appearance. Repeat for the leg openings.

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