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.)
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!
Here’s some tips for sewing knit fabric.
Free Baby Shorts Sewing Pattern + Bloomers
- Hem area of pants, shorts, or a tee shirt
- Sewing tools
- 1/4″ elastic for hem*
- 3/4″ elastic for waist*
- Free bloomers and shorts pattern – Find it at the end of the post
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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: Cut two strips of elastic for the hem 8″ for 3 mos, 9″ for 6 mos, and 10″ for 12 mos.
Use a safety pin to insert the elastic into the hem.
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.
Both options: 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.
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.
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.
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: 2. Cut two strips of elastic for the hem 8″ for 3 mos, 9″ for 6 mos, and 10″ for 12 mos.
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