My 16 Favorite Free Baby Sewing Patterns

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Find the best baby sewing pattern with this fun list of free baby sewing patterns! I’ve sewn all of these for boys and girls, and I love them!

I want to talk about some free baby sewing patterns that I love. I have used all of these for my kids and gifts for friends and recommend each of them!

I don’t think there’s anyone more fun to sew for then little babies. They are perfect, tiny, sweet, and adorable. These are the best baby sewing patterns! Which is your favorite free baby sewing pattern?

What is it about baby proportions that make them so cute?! I just love baby sewing projects!

best free baby sewing patterns

Is it worth it to sew baby clothing?

A lot of people wonder why I would sew baby clothes. They say babies change sizes so fast, it’s not cheap to sew their clothing, and they are messy and stain their clothing.

I sew baby clothing because it’s one way I like to show love. Even if they change sizes quickly I can still pass that handmade item on to a family member or a friend.

I love all these baby sewing projects for ideas. I love to see something I made on a loved one. It’s also fun to sew baby gifts for baby showers!

You can save money by using free sewing patterns for babies and by using up scraps of fabric and smaller pieces of fabric. Sewing for babies is great because it requires less fabric!

Why I love free patterns for babies

  • they are free!
  • you can print these PDF patterns at home. (I’m not a fan of tracing existing clothing. Mine never come out right!)
  • they are easy and simple to sew.
  • Almost all of these are unisex and work for boys and girls
  • Some come in multiple sizes so the work for a longer amount of time.

Also, here are some tips for sewing knit fabrics since some of these patterns use knit fabric which can get a little tricky! If you don’t have a serger, you can still sew knit fabric with a sewing machine.

This is only a couple, so feel free to comment with your favorite baby sewing patterns! Which ones do you love to use? I’d love to try out some new ones!

What fabric is best for baby clothes?

The best fiber to use for baby clothes is cotton. It’s soft, breathable, washable, easy to sew, and easy to find.

When I am making something that requires woven fabric I use quilting cotton, chambray, cotton lawn, or fabrics like this. These all work well for baby clothing even if they wrinkle easily. (Learn all about quilting cotton.)

When I am making something that requires knit fabric I love to use cotton spandex jersey. It has the breathability of cotton, but it is stretchy and recovers nicely. It’s easy to find and the easiest knit to sew of all the knits. (Learn all about knit fabric.)

Should I prewash the fabric?

When sewing clothing for babies, you should always prewash the fabric. You want to wash out anything in the fabric that could irritate the baby’s skin. You also want to remove any shrinkage so it won’t shrink after you finish, and then it won’t fit the baby anymore.

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!

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. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.

Check out all these free PDF sewing patterns!

Free Baby Sewing Patterns

I've used lots of free baby sewing patterns for gifts and for my own children. I love using a free sewing pattern. I have found the best baby sewing patterns that are easy to sew and work nicely for baby sewing projects.

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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I love all these precious patterns and hope to use a lot of them. Thanks for showing how we can recycle and make baby clothes so cute.

Thankyou for helping us all out by sharing your super patterns. Hopefully one day I will have the confidence and time to produce my own patterns and share them too!

I’m stuck in a loop every time I try to find the up cycled jean baby booties. I’ve subscribed and given my email address. Every link is a loop and doesn’t give me the “FREE” patterns. I can only see instructions 🙁

This tiny cloth shoes looks so amazing. I also need most comfortable baby shoes for my nephew. What you can recommend?

My sister's having a baby and I never thought it would affect me the way it has. Never thought I'd say this, but those sewing patterns are kinda cute and would pretty good on my soon to be nephew/neice!

Thanks for showing these.

Brian Bradshaw

Aww, just look at those tiny cloth shoes – they look so adorable! Probably not the best shoes for walking on concrete all day, but will definitely protect your little one's feet!

I am looking for the best and most comfortable baby shoes for my son.

The styles are outdated, but the author teaches you how to alter the patterns so you can make whatever style you want. remalladora

I've made this pattern twice but have struggled with the cuff instructions. This post has been really useful. And puts me in mind to make another!

Amongst so many other things, I love to embroider , so it would be great if you added patterns like your sweet fox to your shop. Thanks for the tutorial/pattern and the giveaway for the adorable Panda and Princess Kitten patterns. Happy New Year!
All the best,

The soft baby shoes pattern has moved and can now be found here:

Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

I saw this one on pinterest and even if I don't have any babies(well… yet anyway… :D), I just fell in love with "The Shirt Onesie". SO adorable! Thank You for sharing this 🙂

I made these 25 years ago for my son. Everyone loved them back then. I used his older brothers tshirts, so my baby was quite cool!

Awesome! I love the romper one. I don't like when a tutorial tells you to trace because I am usually making gifts and don't have an item of the clothing that would fit them here!

Thanks for the links Heather!

I have this book and I bought the toddler one when my son grew out of his baby things! It's a great reference book!

I made those little shoes, and while I thought they were A-Dor-A-Ble! I didn't like the elastic casing, it seemed really bulky and the outside fabric showed on the inside. Also, it was hard to tell the left from the right once sewn, and I don't think it matters with baby toes, LOL.
One pattern I'd add is a mei tai. The "FrankenKozy" pattern is great for most parents. A ring sling is also awesome. And a pouch is fabulous for a newborn…

Heather! Thanks for this. I came across this on pinterest and couldn't help but smile when I saw Feather's Flight! 🙂