Thursday, July 16, 2015

free pattern & tutorial - easy peasy baby pants

This pattern started when my girls wanted some knit pants for a few of their baby dolls so I drew up a pair of very basic baby pants.  They were so cute that I decided to go ahead and scale the pattern up to a size 24 months to make a few pairs of pajamas for Mae.  And since I took the time to scale the pattern I figured I might as well write up a tutorial to go along with the pattern!  Then, if I'm being honest, a year passed in which I did nothing with the pattern for some reason passing my understanding ;)  I've made a few more pairs since then (they make a great baby gift!) so I thought it was probably time (past time, really!) to share the pattern with you.

The picture above includes the original doll pair (newborn size) on the right and the first pair I made for Mae (24 months) on the left.  In the teeny sizes the legs are so short that it's pretty much just butt and then cuff ;)  But in the larger sizes the pattern has a narrow, semi-fitted leg.

Pattern - download HERE
Main fabric
     Newborn& 3 months - 3/8 yd
     6 months, 9 months & 12 months - 1/2 yd
     18 months & 24 months - 5/8 yd
Cuffs - less than 1/4 yd for all sizes
3/4" Elastic cut to the following measurements:
     Newborn - 15"
     3 Months - 15 3/4"
     6 Months - 16 1/2"
     9 Months - 17 1/4"
     12 Months - 18"
     18 Months - 18 3/4"
     24 Months - 19 1/2"

General Info:
  • This pattern is designed for knits with at least 30% stretch
  • Includes diaper ease in all sizes
  • When sewing knits use a stretch stitch and/or serge the seams to avoid breaking stitches 
  • The newborn size should fit most 18" dolls 
  • The sewing instructions are very basic , but there are tons of tutorials around for sewing with knits.  If you can't find what you need, email me ( and I will see if I can help :)
  • Tape the pattern together by trimming the edges and butting the grey lines against each other with the stars lined up and the letters matching.  The pattern layout is shown on page two of the pattern

Sewing Instructions:

1. Cut pattern pieces - 1 front, 1 back, 2 cuffs and elastic using the chart above.  Or you can cut the elastic 1" smaller than the baby's waist measurement.

2. Sew/Serge one side seam.  Press the seam toward the back.  Finish the top edge (optional) and sew second side seam.  Press the seam toward the back.

3. Fold the cuffs in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together and press.  Attach the cuffs to the bottom of each leg, stretching the cuff to fit.  Press the seams up toward the leg.

4. Place front and back inseams right sides together.  Sew/serge the inseam.

5. Fold the waistband down 1" and sew close to the raw edge with a stretch stitch.  Leave a 1-2" opening in the back to insert the elastic.

6. Insert the elastic through the opening.  Overlap the ends by 1" and sew together with a zigzag stitch.  Add a tag to the back (optional) and close the opening with a stretch stitch being careful not to catch the elastic while you sew.


  1. Good Morning!
    Unfortunately the pattern link doesn't work - could you help me, please?
    LG Gaby

    1. I have checked the link, and had someone else check it for me. It appears to be working perfectly. Do you have an account with Craftsy? It's possible that it might be redirecting you to a login/signup screen.

    2. Its not working for me either. It goes straight to a page that says "your shopping cart is empty" but I've just downloaded 3 other free patterns on craftsy

    3. When you sign in to your account on Craftsy, it does not redirect properly to the pattern page. You will need to sign in and then go back to the pattern page and add it to your patterns.

  2. So cute! Could I use plain cotton with no streach with this pattern if i made the cuffs with a knit fabric?

    1. Not as the pattern is written. They are a somewhat slim fit and require a stretch fabric. You could try sizing up the width (but not the length) to use a woven, but I'm not sure if it would work or not.

  3. Could I make this with a thicker fleecy knit?

    1. The pattern requires some stretch. You could try sizing up for fleece but I'm not sure that it would work.

  4. What's the actual seam allowance on this pattern? I've been guessing at 1/2" but thought I'd ask anyhow :-) LOVE this pattern! So quick and easy! Thanks!

  5. Accurate pattern. I made a 3 mo size and fits nicely.