Sewing clothes for my kids is one of my favorite activities when I get time off work. So I have a 16-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. With a bit of research online, I found these free sewing patterns, made a pair for each and they loved it! I’m going to share all the patterns I used so read on!
Free Sewing Patterns You Can Make With Your Kids
1. Spring Shorts by Pattern Runway
My son sure loves playing outside so I thought of making him spring shorts that will let him move freely. I modified the pattern a bit by making it more loose above the knee area. This is close to what I came up with: shorts with the paperbag waist and drawstring eliminated and the elastic width increased to 1½”. Makes for a pretty simple, easy, utilitarian pair of shorts.
2. Hoodie Pattern
My son loves wearing hoodies so I made him one. Though this might be a bit advanced, it will help you improve your skills on how to add zippers and make tight-fitted clothing. The materials I used for this one are as follows: cotton fleece (anti-pill) 60″ wide (1 1/4 to 1 3/4 yards), jersey-knit 60″ wide X 22″ (56cm) for pockets and hood and for contrast, thread to match the color, cotton tape 1/2″ (reinforced neck seam) 1/2 yard, shoelace, nylon or cotton cord 1 1/2 yards, and one open-ended zipper 22″, 23″ or 24″ long depending on the hoodie size.
3. Boho Chic Tunic
For my eldest daughter, I made a super easy boho chic tunic, I suggest this project for first-time sewers because it helps to hone your basic stitching techniques. My daughter said she felt so free wearing it. The materials used for this one are as follows: 2 to 3 yards of Japanese lawn, voile or silk, 3/8″ to 1/4″ elastic, enough to go around the shoulders and the sleeves, thread, 1 3/4″ lace for the bottom, 2 yards of cotton cord or a belt, sewing machine, serger.
4. Bralette Undergarment
Since my daughter likes wearing loose clothing, I figured she could use a bralette. She could use it for summer days and she can wear it with or without modesty cups. Just take note that this is not to be worn as support but as a sexy accessory. The materials used for this one are as follows: 1 to 1.25 yards of Stretch Lace or a 10″ wide lace band, 11mm bra elastic to match your lace, 3/8″ elastic (1/4″ optional) to match your lace, bra cups (optional) for added fullness and modesty, bra slider and rings. Also, this pattern is downloadable from Craftsy and it is free of charge.
There are plenty of free sewing patterns online and I think it’s just a matter of how kids want their clothes designed. I suggest you opt for clothing with garters since kids grow up pretty fast. That way, they can wear it for at least a couple of years.
Looking for more free sewing patterns you can do with your kids? Check out this video by Ellie and Mac Patterns:
Which sewing pattern above do you like best? Share your thoughts in the comments below!