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Ringer Tee by Brindille & Twig

I was probably really stupid to make a white sweatshirt for my son. But I had just enough left of this cute panda french terry to make the ringer tee in 96. It’s huge on my son but will probably be a good fit for autumn.

The pattern was a quick and easy sew. I made this one more like a sweatshirt but it’s supposed to be a T-shirt pattern.

You can find the pattern here.


Lena Dress by WISJ

A friend wanted me to make a dress for her daugther who’s name is Lena. I searched the web for patterns and realised there was a free pattern called the Lena Dress. It felt like the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

I had actually checked the pattern out before, but forgotten about it, since I never sew dresses, unless they are for myself.

It turned out the Lena is a great pattern. A simple everyday dress, but with a fun detail – a crease at the centre of the back.

Should have thought of pattern matching here. I’ll do so on my next Lena if possible.

The tutorial is written in dutch and the automatic translation on the homepage is not very good. It suggested me “stabbing each other in the dress”, so here’s the main things you need to know before starting sewing the dress.

You need to add seam allowance, except for the neck. For the hem add 2,5 centimetres. To make the crease on the back – put the pattern piece 6 cm from the fold. Apart from this the weird translation and super clear pictures should help you get through the sew.

You can find the pattern here.

children's wear Pants and Shorts

Grow With Me Harem Pants by Sew4Bub

These cute baby pants were among the first free patterns I tried and it was instant love. We got a lot of use out of these pants, since they lasted so long. They started out as quite baggy and in the end they were more like leggings.

On the picture to the left my son is one week old. He was a big baby, 4,5 kg at birth. To the right he was 15 weeks old. I can’t remember his size by then, but you get the picture. They really are grow with me pants. It’s those tall cuffs again, can’t beat them for making kids’ clothes that last longer.

I also made another pair, but forgot to add seam allowance to them, so they didn’t last as long. Here they are.

You can find the pattern here.

children's wear T-shirts

Ester & Ebbe by Threads by Caroline

I really like this basic T-shirt from Threads by Caroline. It runs from size 74-146 and comes with a pocket option and a cute frill option I am yet to try.

I love pockets on T-shirts. It makes them look so much more dressed up.

I had just enough left of this gorgeous sponsored fabric from Elvelyckan Design to make this shirt in 92 for my son. It’s a little too big for him and I can’t wait for him to grow in to it. Back in August I made a shirt for my brother in the same fabric. It’ll be fun to see them match each other.

As you can see on the first picture I was a little short on fabric for the sleeves so I added cuffs instead. It worked out great.

This is my first Ester & Ebbe. I made it from scraps from a rayon spandex fabric. So soft and cool for summer 👌🏾

You can find the pattern here, along with Threads by Caroline’s other free patterns.

Accessories children's wear

Baby Sun Hat by Kathy

This sun hat, found on Merriment Design, drawn by Kathy is really cute, but not a professionally made pattern. She writes so herself in the tutorial: “This pattern is not perfect. You are likely going to need to take a few tucks here and there, but it will still turn out super cute.”

I decided to give it a go last summer anyways and ended up re-drawing it, but using the pattern as an inspiration. It was actually quite easy.

  1. Decide what circumference you want the hat to have. I made it quite a lot larger than my son’s head. I didn’t want it to fit snugly so that it would make his head warm.
  2. Divide the decided circumference by four and make that the widht of your panels.
  3. Make sure the brim had the same inner circumference using a compass.
  4. Sew according to the tutorial.

The hat is designed for woven fabrics but I made it in knit, and it turned out well. Make sure to use interfacing in the brim though.

I was really happy with the turnout so if you still want to give this pattern a go you can find it here.

Since it’s not perfect I’m adding a list of other sun hat patterns for kids that I have not tried, but you might want to give a go?

If anyone has a link to really good and free sun hat pattern, please share in the comments.

children's wear T-shirts

Raglan T-shirt by Small Dreamfactory

About a year ago I discovered that raglans are a great way of upcycling T-shirts for grown-ups in to T-shirts for kids, since you can fit more of the print that way than sewing a “normal” T-shirt.

I realised this while trying the Raglan T-shirt by Small Dreamfactory for the first time. The patterns is free in size 56-92 (newborn – 2T) and is available for sale in larger sizes. It comes with instructions for doing a snap placket in one of the raglan seams, which is great if your kid has a big head like mine.

I always forget that seam allowance is NOT included on Small Dreamfactory’s patterns. So here’s a reminder for you (and me). Luckily my son is skinny, so the ones I’ve made for him without adding seam allowance still fit, they are just a bit tighter.

You can find the pattern here.

Some live pictures of the raglans and a really old photo of me from when the Blood Brothers T-shirt still fit me.

children's wear Pants and Shorts

Petite Pegs by Patterns For Pirates

As part of the baby gift I posted yesterday I made a pair of baby leggings called the Petite Pegs from Patterns for Pirates. They are made from the softest and most stretchy french terry which was sponsored by Elvelyckan Design.

They run from size preemie to 12 months and have a little looser fit than many leggings, which I think is great for babies. Also I always forget they come with 1/2″ (1.25 cm) seam allowance included so I always make them even looser. Which has actually worked out well for me, since my son who is a skinny 2T /92 can still wear his 12 month/80 sized peg legs.

Never mind the dirty knees (and the ugly socks) on the photo to the left. It was taken before my son could walk. The photo to the right actually was too, but I didn’t let him crawl in those leggings before that photo was taken. I added grow with me-cuffs on the leggings to the right both at the ankles and at the waist so they will probably last him another year. I think it’s a good way of making the clothes I make for my boy a little bit more sustainable. Both leggings with dots are made from sponsored fabric from Elvelyckan design.

You can find the pattern here.

Bonus: The leggings I am wearing in the picture to the right is also a free pattern from Patterns For Pirates. They are called Peg Legs and you can find them here.

Actually, go check out all of the patterns on Patterns For Pirates freebie section.

children's wear Sweatshirts and Hoodies

Hooded Raglan Sweatshirt by Brindille & Twig

The Hooded Raglan Sweatshirt is one of my favourite patterns all time. I’m so happy it’s free! It runs from sizes newborn to six years, so I’ll be able to make it for long.

This specific one is the smallest one I’ve made so far – European size 68. It’s so tiny and cute! I made it for a friend’s daughter as a welcome to the world gift along with the leggings on this picture.

I used remnants of a sponsored french terry from Elvelyckan Design as both lining in the hood and pocket and cuffs (and for the leggings). It’s so soft and stretch it worked out great as ribbing.

I’ve made four hooded raglan sweatshirts now. For two of them I’ve added a zipper, which I can highly recommend if you want a great zip jacket. Look at the pictures below. The one to the left is made from a super soft knit wool fabric and is fully lined and the one to the right only has a lined hoodie. Both are made from scraps.

You can find the pattern here.

children's wear Sweatshirts and Hoodies

Sweatshirt by Small Dreamfactory

A site with free sewing patterns I found early on in my “sewing career” was Small Dreamfactory. There you can find lots of great free patterns for smaller children, and if you like them they are available for sale in larger sizes. I think most patterns are free in sizes 50-92.

I come back to the site quite often and a couple of weeks ago I decided to try a new pattern from Small Dreamfactory – the sweatshirt. I wasn’t disappointed.

You can find the pattern here.

children's wear Rompers

Tiger Strampler by Tigerlilly

This was the very first thing I made when I started sewing “for real” in January of 2018. I was pregnant and felt a sudden urge to make things for my unborn baby. Being the stingy person I am I started googling “free sewing pattern baby” or something like that and found the super cute Tiger Strampler.

It was an easy and fun sew – great for beginners and the start of my sewing obsession.

At the time the pattern was available on Tigerlilly’s website, but when I revisited the link for this blog post it read that the Tiger Strampler pattern has been updated and moved to the Tigerlilly Facebook group. It lies there together with some other patterns that look like great basic sewing patterns for kids. I haven’t tried any of the other ones though.

The pattern runs from size 50-80 and the tutorial is written in German, but has great descriptive pictures, so it shouldn’t be an issue even if you don’t speak German. I don’t.

You can find information about the pattern here.

My baby is only about 1 week old here. So tiny 😭.