You don’t have to have a baby to enjoy the cuteness of sewing for a little one. Whether it be for your own child, a grandchild, or a friend’s new arrival, most of us have had the pleasure of sewing miniature garments and accessories worthy of a few swoons. Today we’re sharing four free sewing patterns that include garments and a small quilt for a great opportunity to sew for a small child, brought to you by Made by Rae.
Even if you’re not planning to sew for a little one any time soon, we love stocking up on free patterns for a couple of reasons. First, you never know when that pattern may come in handy, or if you can pass it along to someone you know would use it. Second, we love reading through the techniques of any pattern, as it can help you in a different project that may have a similar technique, or help you brush up on making something from scratch yourself. A couple of these projects featured here also come with a tutorial along with the pattern, so you get double the help! Made by Rae is a great resource for sewing help, tips, and she even has an extensive library of great patterns for sale. She focuses on sewing for children, which is always a place where you can employ some great creativity in sewing.
The Storytime Squares Quilt is a great opportunity for a fabric selection that tells a story, or has some really fun graphics you’d like to display. The striped quilting gives those neutral spots some great highlights, and adds dimension to the entire piece. Check out her blog post on the quilting process of this piece for really great insight into quilting with a sturdy linen and selecting fabrics to showcase.
How cute are these tights?! We love tights for a baby or toddler because they’re super cozy for them and easy to slip on (especially if you’re potty training, too). We love the idea of using old t-shirts or other sources of knit fabrics to create these tights, as they require very little material and could put your upcycling skills to the test! This pattern has sizing for 6 to 12 months, with instructions on how you could make them larger for a toddler.
The Itty Bitty Baby Dress Pattern is not only super cute, but very instructional if you’re interested in sewing in a piping (a skill that some of you might shy away from). With the right amount of preparation, piping is a breeze and can be made easier with the right presser feet. Whether you invest in a piping foot or opt for your zipper foot to get you closer to that piping edge, a little practice goes a long way with this technique.
The Basic Newborn Pant is a great project to pair with all of those basic onesies babies typically have in tow those first few months. They’re loose enough to be comfortable and the elastic waistband makes them versatile as baby grows. These are made with a really fun array of printed cottons, and we can also see these being made with knits and sweat pant material for the colder months.
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