DIY Baby Bloomers
Every since I became a mother, I have been obsessed with making clothes for my baby. I always love DIY so this is natural. But I have to admit that sewing is a therapeutic outlet that helps to keep my mind sane with all the baby stress.
One of the things I tend to make over and over again is bloomers. It has to be the easiest thing to do even with my amateur sewing skills. All you really need is good fabric and of course a sewing machine.
I normally just use an existing piece of clothing as a guide for cutting pattern. It can be a little tricky at first if you're new to sewing. But once you get the hang of it, you will be pumping out bloomers like a mean machine. Below is a step by step tutorial.
Here are what you'll need
- Medium weight cotton fabrics (Spotlight has really cute print selections)
- Elastic bands (I used 2.5cm and 0.8cm width)
- Measuring tape
- Sewing pins
- Sewing chalk
- Sewing machine
- Brown paper
- A pair of baby short
1. Trace the pair of short folding in half on brown paper. Allow extra 1cm around all edges. Then add 5cm for the waist band and 2cm for bottom hems. Fold your fabric and secure the pattern on top with pins. Cut two idential pieces as shown.
2. With cut pattern pieces right sides together, align and pins raw edges and seweach seams together. Finish the raw edges with a zig zag stich seam finish to prevent unraveling (do this if you do not have a overlocker machine). Repeat the same steps on the other side.
3. Sew the crotch seams together with straight stich. And finish with zig zag stich to prevent the edges from unraveling.
4. Turn the pants inside out and fold inward the waist band edge a small crease of 0.5 cm and another 4.5 cm. Use the iron to flatten the crease.
5. Repeat step 4 with the bottom hems, fold inward 0,5 cm then 1.5 cm. Iron the crease.
6. At the top of the waist band, sew a 0.4cm straight stitch the whole way, repeat at the bottom but leave a gap for elastic band.
7. Attach elastic band to safety pin and put through the waistband gap. Sew it off once you finish.
8. Repeat step 6&7 for the bottom hems using the smaller elastic band.
A little bow can be added to make the bloomers look even cuter. Et Voila. It's done and ready to be worn by your little one.