DIY Easy-Sew Baby Harem Bloomers

Posted by Lovely Indeed

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You’d think that I was a regular Donna Reed up in here, sewing all of these goodies for baby girl! Truth be told, I only sew if it’s easy. So you can rest assured that none of these sewing projects are terribly scary in any way. In fact, if you can sew in a straight line you can tackle these. And I can’t stand how cute these little bloomers turned out, so I’ll probably end up making her a bunch more of them. It was also another chance to use my new EverSewn machine, which I’m completely smitten with. I realized as I was sewing these the other day that I was doing it while Ryan was on a work call in the same room and it was totally quiet! My old machine was crazy loud but this one barely makes a peep. Like, I could sew these in the same room while the kids were napping and I would still be golden. I’m into that.

Materials

  • Soft fabric with some give. You could use the front and back of an old t-shirt, or a woven skirt, or just grab something cute at the fabric store. If you’re measuring yardage, I’d get 1/3 yard to be safe. You could probably get away with 1/4 yard if you’re reaaaallllly careful how you cut.
  • 1/2″ elastic
  • 1/8″ elastic
  • Sewing machine and notions
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Iron
  • printable bloomers pattern

Make Time: 1 Hour

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Step 1: Print our bloomers pattern and cut out along the black outer line.

Step 2: Fold your fabric in half, being sure to arrange any patterns in the direction you’d like. Place the folded edge against the line on the pattern that says “Cut 2 On Fold.” Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut around the edges (do not cut your fold apart). Repeat this so that you have two identical pieces.

Step 3: Place right sides together and pin the two pieces to each other. Sew a straight stitch down both sides and around the crotch.

Step 4: On the waistband, fold over 3/4″ and fold again so that the raw edge is hidden. Iron in place. Repeat on both leg holes, only folding over 1/2″ each time.

Step 5: Sew a straight stitch around the waist and leg holes, leaving a 1″ opening on each hole through which you’ll insert the elastic.

Step 6: For the waist, cut 15″ of 1/2″ elastic. Attach a safety pin to one end and fish it through the open hole, all the way around the waist, and back out the same open hole.

Step 7: Overlap the ends of the elastic by about 1/2″ and sew them together.

Step 8: Pull the elastic entirely inside the waist casing and sew the open 1″ of casing closed.

Step 9: Repeat Steps 6-8 for each leg hole. For each hole, use 7″ of 1/8″ elastic.

Step 10: Flip the bloomers right side out, adjust the elastic so that it’s evenly spread, and put those babies on your baby!

 

Just a note — for sewing the 1/8″ elastic ends together, it’s easiest if you just lay them on top of each other with the ends pointing the same direction. Place them under the sewing machine’s presser foot. I then used my EverSewn machine’s auto-lock button, which sews a few locking stitches right in place. Way easier than trying to stitch a line down that tiny elastic! Another reason I love this new machine. Also, FYI — this pattern is sized for a little one that’s 0-3 months. So if you want to size it up, just enlarge the pattern to your kiddo’s size.

So! In just about a week’s time these little bloomers will be filled with some fresh baby buns and I cannot wait. Until then, stay tuned for one more simple sewing tutorial, coming soon!

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