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FREE 18 mos Babydoll Top Pattern

Make an adorable top for you baby with this babydoll tee pattern. It’s a free sewing pattern that only uses one fat quarter of fabric!

Have you ever tried sewing something from a fat quarter of knit fabric? Or do you have knit remnants that are big enough to be saved but you struggle to find a project for it?

Well, today I have a fun little free babydoll tee pattern to share with you that will use up those remnants or a fat quarter of knit fabric!

FREE 18 mos Babydoll Top Pattern

I did some really creative cutting to fit all the pieces on a fat quarter and creates a really cute flutter sleeve! It’s my favorite part of the design. It’s so adorable on toddler arms.

If you like to work with scrap fabric and fat quarters sew some other easy fat quarter projects for clothing!

FREE 18 mos Babydoll Top Pattern

what is a pdf sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

FREE 18 mos Babydoll Top Pattern

how do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again.

FREE 18 mos Babydoll Top Pattern

Free Babydoll Tee Pattern

Supplies

Do you love this pattern? Get the Babydoll Dress and Top Pattern in 2 views and 8 sizes!

babydoll dress sewing pattern

Cutting instructions

If using a remnant, you can use this as a guide. This is the cutting layout for a fat quarter of knit fabric. Fold one side of the fabric over until it measures 7″. Fold the other side over until it meets the other edge. The smaller side will be for the bodice front and back and the sleeves. The 7″ side will be for the skirt.

The sleeve can be nestled right in the curve of the necklines. I cut out both my bodices first and then cut the sleeves out of the pieces. You can fold the sleeve and cut it out at the same time if you’d like.

Cut the neck piece from the remaining pieces.

cutting out pattern pieces

You will need one front bodice, one back bodice, two sleeves, two skirts, and ONE neck piece. (I’ve updated the pattern since taking these pictures.)

pattern pieces to sew

Sewing instructions

With right sides together sew the shoulders together at 1/4″ with a stretch stitch. Finish edges.

sew shoulder seams

With right sides together sew the neckbands together at 1/4″ with a straight stitch.

sew short ends of neckband

Fold the neckband in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Divide the neckband into four. Divide the neckline into four. Match up the four sections and pin.

Sew at 1/4″ while slightly stretching the pieces to fit. Finish the edges.

pin neckband to neckline

From the front sew the seam allowance towards the bodice with a straight stitch 1/8″ from the seam.

sew neckband and edgestitch

Finish the curved edges of the sleeves. You can serge the edges, zigzag the edges, or sew a rolled hem without a rolled hem foot. You can also leave the edge raw.

hem the sleeve ruffle

Match the center mark on the sleeves with the shoulder seam. With right sides together sew the sleeves with a stretch stitch at 1/4″. Finish the edges.

sew ruffle to armscye

Fold the seam allowance towards the bodice and edgestitch with a straight stitch. Where there is no sleeve fold the edges over 1/4″ and edgestitch.

edgestitch seam allowance towards body

With right sides together sew the sides of the bodice together with a stretch stitch at 1/4″. Finish the edges.

sew side seam

At the armpit edge tack the seam allowance towards the back.

tack side seam

With right sides together sew the edges of the skirt together with a stretch stitch at 1/4″.

sew skirt side seams

Overlapping 1/2″ sew the edges of the elastic together creating a circle.

Divide elastic into four sections. Divide the skirt into four sections.

sew elastic into loop

Match up the four sections with the elastic on the inside of the skirt.

Sew the elastic to the skirt with a zigzag stitch stretching while you sew.

zigzag elastic onto skirt top

Turn the skirt wrong side out. Slip the bodice right side out into the skirt matching up the side seams. The right side of the bodice should be facing the right side of the skirt.

Sew the bodice and skirt together with a stretch stitch at 3/8″. Finish the edges.

pin bodice to skirt

Hem the skirt. For the scribble tee I serged the edges. For the walrus tee I serged the edges and folded it up once and sewed with a straight stitch.

hem skirt
sew skirt to bodice

Press carefully and you’re done!

Get the free babydoll top Sewing pattern: size 18 mos!

Enjoy the free pattern! I can’t wait to see what you make! I’d love to make these in lots of pretty colors and use up a bunch of my knit stash!

FREE 18 mos Babydoll Top Pattern

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Do you have a similar pattern using fabric that’s not knit, I have a lot of scraps that I’d like to use for my 2yr old granddaughter and also you call the pattern for 18months but when I downloaded it said 12 months, do I increase by 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch for a 2T

I know I’m probably just missing something, but where are the pattern pieces?

This is so cute. What a fun and simple way to use up scraps. I love how you did the neckband. I've tried to do that before but somehow I always mess it up!