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Pattern Roundup: Sewing for Infants and Toddlers

This spring, The Taunton Press hosted a company luncheon. I was fortunate enough to get to meet Fine Gardening Digital Brand Editor Christine Alexander’s 6-month-old baby, and it got me thinking of those days. I hadn’t started sewing again when my children were born but someday if/when they’re ready to have their own little ones, I will happily be sewing for infants!

Because of the simple nature of sewing for infants and toddlers, they make ideal projects for beginners. If you are new to sewing knits, we recommend you take a look at our Project Guide: Sewing with Knits for help getting started.

Pattern Paper Scissors Florrie Woven Romper

Would it be strange to admit that I have overalls that are similar and I think it would be cute to match? No? Good. Because this woven romper is adorable and easy to layer. The size range is 0 to 24 months.

McCall’s 8315 Infants’ Rompers

A romper with snap openings and elastic was always one of my favorite choices for my kids. This pattern has options for ruffles, bows, hearts, bands, pockets and/or topstitching details. Easy to sew, this pattern is available in sizes newborn to extra large.

New Look 6568 Babies’ Dress, Romper and Jacket

This pattern’s must-have baby basics include a dress, romper, and button-front jacket. It will work well for an advanced beginner dressmaker. Sizes are newborn to large.

Dhurata Davies Roo Top and Marley Bottoms

This picture just feels snuggly, doesn’t it? You can almost smell that clean baby head smell. The Roo and Marley designs—a surplice-neck top and elastic-waist bottoms—were designed with the beginner in mind. Because there are no buttons, no snaps, no closures, they are easy to sew, easy to put on, and comfortable. The pattern comes in sizes 0 to 24 months.

Elemeno Bandana Bib

This reversible bandana bib pattern is free and ideal for new sewists. It’s just four steps to completion. Sizes go from newborn to 2-3T.

Elemeno Summer Playsuit

Another great beginner project, this adorable romper has a snap crotch and an optional tie in back. Sizes range from newborn to 5-6T.

Butterick 6920 Infants’ Knit Top and Pants

These long-sleeve pullovers have a back opening with button closure and a back seam. Decorative options include straight or ruffle hems, double or single ruffles on the shoulder/sleeve seam, or contrast front shoulder yokes. Top D includes a bow detail at the front neckline. Elastic-waist pants have two options: elastic bands at the ankles, and ruffle and bow details; or flared hems. Sizes range from newborn to extra large.

Burda Style 9316 Babies’ Sportswear

This pattern includes tops with snaps at the shoulders with options for a ruffle sleeve or short sleeve. The elastic-leg bottoms can be sewn with or without a bib. Sizes go from 1M to 18M.

Simplicity 9484 Babies’ Rompers

Two different bubble rompers can each be made two ways. The bib-front romper features a center pleat at front and back, and can be made with or without sleeves. You can easily add appliqués and trims.  The alternate version has a round neckline yoke and flounced or gathered sleeves. It, also includes options for trim and appliqués. All rompers have a back-neck opening with button closure and snap tape at the leg openings. Available sizes are extra-extra small to extra large.

If you’ve made any of these, we’d love to see your work. Please consider submitting a Gallery post or tag us on Instagram with #memadethreads.


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