Here’s my list of the best FREE to download sewing patterns for baby clothes.
free baby clothes patterns
The first three FREE sewing patterns are all from BluPrint, a streaming service that offers online craft classes.
REGISTER FOR FREE: You will need to register to access the free patterns. You do not need to give credit card details. See the steps in the image below:
This baby romper suit is adorable and sewing pattern is easy to follow and the romper fairly easy to make. You can add ruffles for an even cuter look.
GET FREE PATTERN: Baby Romper – Nap Time Creations on BluPrint
These explorer baby pants are roomy and comfortable but don’t ride up the leg when your baby is crawling around exploring.
This tops and bottoms pattern is a hack for a ruched baby romper pattern you can also download by clicking through to the link.
GET FREE PATTERN: Baby Tops & Bottoms Pattern by Sew on a Straight Line
4. CROSSOVER PINAFORE PATTERN
GET THE PATTERN: Crossover pinafore pattern by Smashed Peas and Carrots
5. free Baby boy romper pattern
GET THE PATTERN: Baby Boy Romper – Melly Sews
6. free baby Sunsuit tutorial
GET THE PATTERN: Baby sunsuit tutorial by Made by Rae
7. Crisscross pinafore and bloomers pattern
GET THE PATTERN: Criss Cross Pinafore & Bloomers – Blank Slate Patterns [EDITORIAL UPDATE: THIS PATTERN IS NOW BEING SOLD RATHER THAN BEING FREE. I have left this pattern in the roundup as the image features in many of my post Pinterest pin collages and I don’t want to disappoint anyone coming here specifically for it.]
8. free Simple summer romper
GET THE PATTER: Simply Summer Romper – If Only Designs
9. Free kimono baby onesie pattern
Baby onesie kimono pattern: You can find this pattern in my list of FREE baby onesie patterns.
10. free baby Peasant dress pattern
GET THE PATTERN: Peasant Dress – Sew Much Ado
11. Baby onesie pattern free
GET THE PATTERN: Baby Ringer Onesie – Shwin Shwin
12. Fruit salad baby hats patterns
GET THE PATTERN: Fruit Salad Baby Hat by Smashed Peas and Carrots
13. free Baby pants pattern
USEFUL TIPS FOR SEWING BABY CLOTHES
Before you dive into the rest of the list of sewing patterns, here are some tips for getting started making your own baby clothes, details of a free beginner level online sewing course, the best fabrics for making baby clothes with and a list of the benefits of making baby clothes.
1. FREE online learn to sew beginner tutorial
If you are either a complete beginner or coming back to sewing for the first time in years, Jump Into Sewing by Sara Alm on BluPrint is a great online sewing course to take.
WHY I LIKE IT: This is a super simple sewing course that will help you get started quickly and easily. The course uses a placement mat project and a pillowcase project to teach you how to sew, which keeps things super simple. Plus the tutorials are so clear and easy to follow.
COURSE DURATION: The whole course is just under one hour in total.
DO NOTE: The course is for parents and kids to take together, which is what makes it so easy to follow. However, you will need to bear with the super-cutesy style and even fast forward some of the intros if you are over 12 and watching it on your own.
REGISTER FOR FREE: You will need to register to access the free course. Registration just involves giving your name and email address. You do not need to give credit card details to register. See registration guide below.
In the course, Sara takes you through the basics of learning to sew. Alongside her introduction video, there are five tutorial videos:
- Exploring the sewing machine
- Threading the sewing machine
- Your first trial project
- Pillow project part 1
- Pillow project part 2
SIGN UP FOR Jump Into Sewing with Sara Alma.
If you want more than just the very basics, take a look at these online sewing courses:
- Sewing Studio: Fashion Fitting, Home Decor & More with Diana Rupp
- Sew Confident: Essential Techniques for Beginners with Angela Wolf
- Learn To Sew: Tilly & The Buttons (this isn’t video-based, but the text and images are very clear)
2. TIPS FOR MAKING BABY CLOTHES
- Time – babies grow and they grow fast! Make sure you allow enough time to make the outfit so that the baby has plenty of time to wear it.
- Comfort – think about the comfort of the baby whilst wearing the outfit. Go for fabrics that are lightweight and soft on the skin. Avoid nylon, rayon and polyester as they are quite scratchy fabrics. See my list of the best fabrics to make baby clothes with below.
- Safety – think about the safety of the fabric. Synthetic fabrics may not catch fire easily, but they can burn badly once they are alight. Cotton and cotton mixes can burn very easily, so make sure to follow fabric guidelines especially if you are making nightwear for a baby.
- Laundering – Ideally, baby clothes should be super easy to wash in a washing machine. Also, make sure the fabric can be washed at a suitable temperature and won’t shrink. Think about the nature of the outfit you are making. If the outfit you are making is for a special occasion it is less important that it can be easily laundered.
- Colour and pattern – think about the skin tone / likely skin tone of the baby you are making for. Think also about going with a plain fabric if you are just starting out sewing baby clothes, it will be easier than trying to work with a pattern.
3. BEST FABRICS FOR MAKING BABY CLOTHES
Here is a list of the best fabrics to sew baby clothes with. These fabrics are great for making baby rompers, baby grows and all sorts of other baby clothes.
Do bear in mind that if you are a complete beginner at sewing it is best to use a fabric that doesn’t have any stretch, as it is much easier to control. And always check a baby clothes pattern for which fabrics are best to use.
- Eyelet cotton
- Broderie Anglaise fabric
- Lawn cotton
- Bamboo rayon (this will have stretch if it’s mixed with lycra)
- Jersey knit fabric (not for beginners!)
4. BENEFITS OF MAKING BABY CLOTHES
- You can make special outfits more cheaply than buying them (the reality is that you won’t really save money by making baby basics)
- You are creating something unique the baby who wears it
- It’s more environmentally friendly if you upcycle old clothes as fabric for baby clothes
- If you’re good at making baby clothes you could sell them to make extra money on Etsy
- Handmade baby clothes make really meaningful gifts
- You could discover a new hobby and craft skill
- Creating something for your baby is a great way to relax and unwind
- It’s a great way to while away the final weeks before your baby is due
MORE FREE BABY clothes PATTERNS AND TUTORIALS
I recently found an absolutely beautiful site called See Kate Sew. Kate has SO many free baby patterns and tutorials, that I could do a whole post on my favourites.
Instead, I’m adding links to them below. Seriously, go and have a look, they are totally gorgeous, each and every one of them.
Here’s a list of my favourites:
1. ruched baby bloomers
2. vintage camera onesie
3. vintage lady onesie
4. ruffled diaper cover pattern
5. applique onesies
6. onesie onesie
7. ruffled baby dress
8. little pocket dress tutorial
9. pleat front baby dress
10. flower petal tunic
11. little pacifier pouch tutorial
12. boy shark hoodie
13. vintage-inspired baby dress
14. boy/girl twin onesies
15. ruffled bloomers
16. tie sunsuit
17. baby tights
18. ruched onesies
19. baby shoes tutorial
20. tag dinosaur toy
21. ruffled bonnet tutorial
22. criss cross dress tutorial
23. mini maxwell shirt
24. DIY onesie dress
25. vintage heirloom dress
So there you are, aren’t they just baby clothes to swoon over!
Before you go. If you are in the mood for sewing, do take a peek at our Beautiful Baby Blankets post.
And if you want more fabulous baby clothes patterns that are totally free… take a peek at our Free Baby Onesies post. There’s six gorgeous, easy to make onesie patterns, all of them totally free!
If you’ve found this post useful I’d love it if you share it with any fellow mums or mums-to-be who would also like to make use of some free patterns for lovely baby clothes. Thank you.
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