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Free Baby Shorts Sewing Pattern + Bloomers

Use the free baby shorts pattern and free baby bloomers pattern to make upcycled shorts! Reuse the hem of any shirt or patterns for a fast sewing project!

I’ve got a treat for you today! Now that it’s hot most days, I’m ready for baby legs. Meaning I’m ready for a free baby shorts sewing pattern + bloomers for my daughter, and I’m sure she is too. (Or she’s just ready for swimsuits all day long.)

I love bloomers and my daughter wears them as shorts all the time. I love bloomers paired with tunics. But I also love some basic shorts to go with her basic tee shirts. 

baby shorts pattern and tutorial

Both bloomers were made with tee shirts. The denim shorts were made from cut offs of pants. The white shorts were made from the hem of a white embroidered tunic. I just love sewing cute little clothing for babies!

Do you love to sew? Try one of these sewing projects:

free baby shorts sewing 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!

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.

upcycled shorts, pants, and bloomers pdf sewing pattern

What fabric is the best adult clothing to use for baby clothes?

For these shorts you can use jeans, pants, a t-shirt, and a woven or knit dress. They work with almost anything. You get to reuse the hem so make sure the hem is intact.

Should I prewash the item?

You should always prewash before cutting and sewing. You should always prewash to get rid of anything in the fabric that might irritate the babies and toddlers skin.

free baby bloomers pattern

Free Baby Shorts Sewing Pattern + Bloomers


Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and photo tutorial for just $3. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it.

upcycled shorts, pants, and bloomers pdf sewing pattern

Tape pattern together and cut it out. Line up the bottom of the pattern with the hem of your shirt or pants.

For bloomers option: (skip if doing shorts)

Cut two strips of elastic for the hem 8″ for 3 mos, 9″ for 6 mos, and 10″ for 12 mos.

sew baby shorts and bloomers

Use a safety pin to insert the elastic into the hem.

insert elastic into casing

Do not pull the elastic all the way through. Pull it until the end lines up with the end of the fabric.

Tack with a straight stitch. Pull the elastic through to the other side and tack end.

sew elastic in

for Both shorts and bloomers:

With right sides together pin and sew both curved sides of the bloomers. For knit fabric sew with a zigzag and for woven fabric sew with a straight stitch.

sew front and back

With right sides together sew the inseam together. It’s a short seam. Sew through the elastic ends.

From the outside of the fabric, sew the seam allowance towards the back.

sew inseam

Cut 3/4″ elastic 14″-18″ depending on the measurement of your baby. Sew the elastic ends together overlapping about 1/2″.

Divide elastic into four equal parts. Divide the waist of the shorts/bloomers into four equal parts. Match up the four pins with the elastic on the inside.

Sew with a zigzag stitching onto the elastic attaching it to the shorts/bloomers. Fold the elastic and fabric over encasing the elastic inside the fabric. Sew with a zigzag stitch from the front about 3/4″ from the edge.

sew on elastic waist

You finished!

Find the big list of all the upcycling tutorials I’ve created!

Get the free baby shorts sewing pattern in my shop!

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

free baby shorts pattern

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Totally just followed a Pinterest link here and did not even realize it was you until I saw Claire! This is exactly what I was looking for – going to make Faith a few of these 🙂

I have subscribed to mailing list but can't download pattern. Keeps telling me to subscribed and then already subscribed.

Did you do a straight stitch for the hem? Not a zig zag? It's hard to see.

I could not figure out how to do the waistband gracefully as per your instructions, so I defaulted to my standby method. Simply adorable.

super cute, I have a pair on my baby just like this today!

Need to print this off. I am getting a new niece this, and this summer and this will be the perfect gift, along with a couple of swaddle blankets!