I started sewing when I got pregnant with my second girl. I sewed one infant romper and swore I would never make anything but quilts again. I couldn’t have gotten through the pattern without help from my mom, a veteran seamstress. There’s no way I could have understood it on my own.
I gathered up my resolve and began trying to make clothes again after my oldest grew out of toddler sizes. Suddenly, kids clothes got really ugly and cheap looking while becoming more expensive. The only options for classic kids clothes were brands like Hanna Andersson, and although the clothes were cute, they were more expensive and looked like something I could handle making. So I tried.
Now, inexplicably, I love to sew and probably half my kids’ clothes are something I’ve made. I credit it all to the advent of PDF patterns.
What’s so amazing about a PDF pattern? One, you get them instantly. No going to the store, no waiting to ship. Two, they are a complete tutorial and pattern in one. No more confusing, Ikea-style directions to sort through! Three, you can print it out as many times as you want. I used to stress out over what size to cut, because that was the only size I could cut. Now I can cut any size and print again if I need another size.
So are you excited about sewing yet? If not, here are five easy, cute and FREE patterns that will get you started.
Great for girls or boys, and knits are super easy to sew. Plus, who cares if you mess up pajamas? They can be less than perfect but if your kids love the print, they will wear them anyway. Just be sure to prewash when you work with knits.
Come on, anyone can sew a square. Everyone has a pregnant friend (if you’re not there yourself) and what mom doesn’t swoon over a lovingly made baby gift for their little one? The hardest part will be making sure all your cuts are square.
These are stupid easy. AND you can use scraps, so there’s no investment in fabric needed. You can use PUL, but you don’t have to, especially if you’re just trying to learn. My girls love to steal these from the kitchen and use them to carry around their tiny collections and treasures, or you can use to hold makeup or pens in your purse.
Whose kids can’t use more shorts? Shorts to splash in, shorts to get dirty, shorts to climb trees in! These shorts are easy and cute for boys or girls, and best of all they are a little long so they can play and hang upside down without the whole playground seeing London and France.
You don’t need a serger to make this top. It’s so cute for boys or girls, and you don’t need a print, solids are just as cute. You may have to hunt around for rib knit in a variety of colors, but remember, you can always hit the thrift store and buy a top to steal it from.
Sewing really isn’t that hard, like anything else you just have to practice. If you’re thinking of a more ambitious project, you can easily sew a back-to-school collection. With the right pieces and fabrics, you can make a mix-and-match collection that will eliminate fights over what to wear.
For more ideas, especially, for those sewing for little girls, check out my Made at Home Doesn’t Have to Look Homemade board on Pinterest.
Erin Burt is a freelance and mother of three girls who has just discovered her love for sewing! She lives and writes in Oklahoma City.