Infant Peasant Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

peasant dress free pattern

Doesn’t every baby girl need a dress that’s just as sweet as she is? Today I’m sharing this FREE Infant Peasant Dress pattern!

Infant Peasant Dress Free Pattern

This simple peasant dress pattern is sized 0-3m (approximately 8-12lbs), and is an easy project that is great for all sewing abilities, even beginners. The elastic neckline makes for an easy on and off, keeping both you and your little one smiling :).

We shared some of our favorite free baby dress patterns, but this is definitely at the top of our list! Add in some cute burp cloths and you have the perfect gift!

Infant Peasant Dress Free Pattern

A peasant dress pattern with more sizes and plenty of options may be coming soon to my shop, but enjoy this free infant pattern in the meantime!

Update: After many requests, the multi-sized pattern is now available in the shop! The Polly Peasant Dress & Blouse PDF Pattern has 10 sizes (0-3m to 6) and features the option for a dainty scalloped hem. You can find it HERE!

Materials:
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3/4 yd 100% quilting cotton fabric (45” wide)
1/4″ wide elastic – approximately 30” – Tip: I love to buy large rolls of elastic like these
– it saves a ton of money, and you rarely have to worry about running out when you want to make a last minute gift!
optional: rick rack for trim hem (40″ in length)

Click HERE to download pattern pieces for the free infant sized pattern. Follow the checkout process (no payment info will be asked for), and once that’s complete you’ll automatically be emailed the download link (be sure to check your junk mail if you don’t see it in your inbox)!

Instructions: *All seam allowances to be 3/8″ unless otherwise noted.*

1. Print pattern pieces. Make sure your printer is set to print at 100% and not to scale the file down in size. Lay out fabric with both selvage edges folded in to center of fabric (creating two folded edges – on on each side with the selvages in the middle of the fabric) and right side inward. Cut out fabric pieces as directed on pattern pieces. If you prefer a plain hem rather than rick rack trim, add an extra 1/4-1/2″ to the bottom of the bodice pattern. The length of the dress is designed to hit at or just above the knee so it can be worn with tights or legwarmers, so feel free to add some extra length if you wish to make it longer!

2. Right sides together, pin and stitch one sleeve piece at curve to armhole curve on one bodice piece.

3. Right sides together, pin and stitch remaining sleeve piece at curve to remaining curve on bodice piece.
4. Serge or zig zag raw edges and press seams (technically seams should always be pressed toward the bodice, but I pressed them toward the sleeves so take your pick).
5. Right sides together, pin and stitch remaining curve on sleeves to armhole curves of remaining bodice piece. Serge or zig zag raw edges and press seams.
6. If using a serger, serge bottom of each sleeve, removing ¼” of fabric. If not using a serger, press bottom of each sleeve ¼” toward wrong side of fabric.
7. Press bottom of each sleeve ½” toward wrong side (if not using serger the bottom of each sleeve will now have two folds). You can do this step after you sew the side seams in step 9 if you wish, but pressing them now gives more room to work with and I personally find it easier.

8. If using a serger, serge around neckline, removing ¼” of fabric. If not using a serger, press top of neckline ¼” toward wrong side of fabric. Press neckline ½” toward wrong side (if not using serger the neckline will now have two folds).

9. Right sides together, stitch dress together at each side from bottom of dress through folded edge of sleeve, unfolding pressed edge on sleeve. Serge or zig zag raw side seams and press seams.
10. Fold each sleeve back along pressed edge and stitch close serged/folded edge of fabric, forming a casing for elastic and leaving a small opening (it’ll be a bit tricky to maneuver around your sewing machine so take your time and it’ll turn out great).

11. Stitch close to serged/pressed edge of fabric at neckline, forming a casing for elastic and leaving a small opening.

12. Cut 2 pieces of elastic, each 7″ in length. On each sleeve, insert elastic through opening using a safety pin and stitch ends together using a zig zag stitch, overlapping elastic ½” on each end. Note: 7″ of elastic will allow for a chubby baby’s arm circumference. If after inserting your elastic it looks a bit loose for your baby, you may want to trim 1/2″-1″ off the elastic before stitching the ends together.

13. Stitch opening closed on each sleeve.
14. Cut 12” length of elastic. Insert elastic through opening using a safety pin and stitch ends together using a zig zag stitch, overlapping elastic ½” on each end. Stitch opening closed.
 
15. Serge bottom hem of dress, removing ¼” of fabric, or press hem ¼” toward wrong side of fabric (if you’re adding rick rack to the hem you’ll also want to zig zag stitch the raw edge before pressing it).
If not sewing rick rack trim at hem: Press hem another ½” toward wrong side of fabric. Stitch close to folded edge around entire hem of dress.
16. For rick rack trim, align outer scalloped edge of rick rack with bottom edge of dress and stitch around entire circumference of bottom of dress down center of rick rack. Overlap rick rack at beginning and end and trim excess.

17. Press rick rack to wrong side of fabric, leaving one scalloped edge exposed on right side of dress. Topstitch close to edge of fabric around entire hem of dress.

Great job, you are done!

Infant Peasant Dress Free Pattern
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Free Kids Apron Pattern

the little apron free pattern
Whether they’re “helping” us cook, learning to become future Divinci’s, or just having a good time getting their hands in whatever they can at the moment, one thing’s for sure.  Kids get dirty.  As I made this apron recently, I was really surprised at the lack of free toddler and child apron patterns that are available online.  Off to work I went, and I’m so excited to share The Little Apron Free Pattern with you! You and your kids will love this free kids apron pattern!

Description:
The Little Apron is a simple and easy project that can easily completed in less than an hour.  The pattern is sized for toddler/child 3-7, but can be easily adjusted for smaller or larger sizes.  Please remember this pattern is for personal use only.

Materials:
3/4 yd fabric (quilting cotton or home decor weight fabric recommended)
8″x5″ contrasting fabric scrap for pocket
2 packages of extra wide double fold bias tape

Pieces to Cut:
Fabric: main body of apron from pattern piece (click on link below)
Contrasting fabric: 8″x5″ piece for pocket
Bias Tape: pieces in the following lengths: 7″, 8″, 18″, 37″, 53″ (cut 2)

 

Instructions:

Note: When sewing with bias tape, keep in mind that one side is folded narrower than the other.  Always sew with the narrow side on top, ensuring that the bottom folded side (the wider side) will be caught by the stitches.  It is also important to ensure that the fabric is sandwiched into the fold of the bias tape as snugly as possible.

1. Sandwich 7″ length of bias tape around top of apron.  Stitch bias tape to apron close to folded edge.  Trim any excess bias tape (you will usually be left with a bit of extra bias tape to trim off since it stretches as you sew).

2. Sandwich 37″ length of bias tape around one straight side of apron (leaving curved edges).  Begin topstitching, and stop when you reach the first corner (which will be the bottom corner of apron).  To make a nice mitered corner, lift the presser foot and remove the fabric, trimming the threads (second mitered corner is pictured in the next few steps).

3. Open the bias tape up and bring back down toward next side of apron.

4. Allow bias tape to fold in half as it originally was, sandwiching the fabric again between the tape.

5. Pin bias tape in place and begin stitching at diagonal fold.

6. Continue stitching bias tape to fabric along bottom and other straight side of apron, mitering second corner same as the first.

7. Mark 18″ from the end of one 53″ piece of bias tape.  At the 18″ mark, begin sandwiching and pinning bias tape around one curved edge of apron, starting at the top of the apron.  You will be left with approximately 24″ of bias tape free at the end.

8. Beginning at top free end of bias tape, topstitch close to edge of bias tape.  If you’d like, you can turn the raw edge under before beginning your stitches, but since bias tape does not tend to fray, it’s not necessary.  Backstitch once or twice when you reach the fabric, and continue sewing, stitching the bias tape to the apron along the curved edge.  Backstitch again when you reach the end of the curved edge, and continue stitching to the end of the bias tape.

9. Repeat with other curved side of apron.  Although you can pin the bias tape to the fabric the same as you did the first curved side, you will have to begin stitching from the opposite end of the bias tape (that will be the waist tie) instead of the neck tie end.

10. For the pocket, sandwich 8″ length of bias tape around one 8″ side (top) of pocket.  Stitch close to edge of bias tape, joining it to the pocket fabric. Trim ends of bias tape if needed.
11. To finish other edges of pocket, sandwich and stitch bias tape to remaining three edges of pocket fabric, mitering corners as you did with the apron body.  Tuck the edges under before your beginning and ending stitches.
12. Center pocket on lower half of apron and pin in place.
13. Stitch around sides and bottom of pocket, close to edge, leaving top of pocket unstitched and open.
14. Measure 2″ from edge of pocket on one side.  Stitch from top to bottom of pocket, keeping 2″ distance from edge.
That’s it, you are done!
Now you can both enjoy the messes!
For more apron-sewing fun, check out the Mommy & Mia Apron Pattern!

Toddler Bucket Hat Free Pattern

bucket hat free pattern
With this bucket hat free pattern, you can make a 4-In-1 Reversible Toddler Bucket Hat for non-commital types like me (I should clarify that I’m happily married, the non-commital part is just for everything else in my life) :). The pattern is sized 2T/3T, or approximate head circumference of 19″. I’m planning on making pattern pieces for larger and smaller head sizes in the near future, and I’ll be sure to let you know when I add them to the tutorial!

 

Okay, let’s get to work on our 4-In-1 Bucket Hat

Materials:
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1/4 yd main fabric
1/4 yd co-ordinating fabric for reverse side of hat
optional: 1/2 yd fusible interfacing if your fabric is lightweight or you want extra stiffness in your hat (1/4 yd needed if interfacing only one side of hat)
Heat n Bond scraps
Pattern pieces – ensure that your printer is not set to scale the document larger or smaller before you print :).
Click here to download the free pattern pieces.
Directions:
Note: All seam allowances are 1/2″.

1. Cut out fabrics and interfacing (optional) as marked on pattern pieces. When cutting interfacing, cut pieces 1/2″ smaller on all sides of pattern pieces.

2. If using interfacing, iron to wrong side of corresponding fabric pieces. For the hat pictured, I chose to interface only one side of the reversible hat (which means I only cut 2 of each piece out of interfacing instead of 4 as marked on the pattern pieces).
3. Prepare your appliques. Apply Heat n Bond to wrong side of fabric (I used a scrap piece of knit for the applique on the printed side of the hat so I could applique with a straight stitch and leave the edges raw) and trace your design (remember to trace it backward if your applique is not symetrical!). Cut out design and iron to right side of one hat band piece on main fabric. You can center the design or place it off center if you’d rather. Stitch around design close to edge.
4. Right sides together, pin and stitch band pieces of main fabric together at sides, matching raw edges. Press seams open.

5. Clip top of hat band every 3/4″. Make sure that your cuts are less than 1/2″ long.

6. Right sides together, pin top edge of band to main fabric crown piece, matching raw edges. To mark the crown piece into quarters before pinning, I like to “finger press” it by folding it in half and then in half again and giving it a good pinch. It saves time and my home-ec teacher in high school even taught me it so it’s totally legit :).

7. Stitch pinned band to crown, stretching the clipped edge to match the curved crown edge as you go. Press seam toward center of crown and turn hat right side out.
8. Pin and stitch brim pieces of main fabric together at sides, matching raw edges. Press seams open.
9. Clip top edge of brim every 1″. Make sure that your cuts are less than 1/2″ long.
10. Right sides together, pin and stitch top of brim to bottom of band, matching raw edges. Press seam open.
11. Assemble reverse side of hat by repeating steps 3-9 with co-ordinating fabric.
12. Right sides together, pin two sides of hat together at bottom rim, matching side seams and raw edges. Stitch pieces together at pinned edge, leaving a 4″ gap for turning the hat right side out.
13. Turn hat right side out, placing one side of hat inside the other. Press bottom edge of brim flat, pressing raw edge of opening under 1/2″. Topstitch near bottom pressed edge around entire brim and again 1/4″ from edge. If you like, you can continue topstitching parallel rows 1/4″ apart to the top of the brim.

14. Let your little one enjoy his or her new hat…

…Or should I say hats?!

bucket hat free pattern
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Felt Flash Cards / Memory Game Free Pattern

 

felt flashcards free pattern
Do you love having flash cards for your little ones but hate that they always end up looking like this (actual flash card box from my house — the big question is why I hadn’t thrown it away)?

I’ve had this idea on my mind forever.  It started with me wanting to make Wyatt a quiet book for the last two and a half years.  Let’s just say it hasn’t happened yet.  Then I started thinking that by the time I get one made for him, he’ll be too old for it.  Enter his love for flash cards, and recently, playing memory (not that he follows all the rules, but that’s okay, I try to not let it bug me even though I’m a stickler for rules).  What if I could come up with something that combined the two ideas?  That’s when these felt flash cards that also double as a memory game came to life.
The best part is that they are totally portable and you won’t be playing “52 Card Pickup” with them — unless you want to :).  They are stored on a metal ring so they can be toted along to church or in the car, with no worries about losing any!
Description:
This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make both your own felt flash cards and memory game!  The “cards” hang on a metal craft ring so they don’t get misplaced.  You can use the template for numbers and shapes that I have provided or make your own…  How about alphabet felt cards to help teach letters?!

Materials (for 16 flash cards):
1/2 yd brown felt
felt scraps in assorted colors
16 grommets or large eyelets and tool to apply

small scraps of fusible interfacing (16 scraps approximately 1″x1″)
large metal craft ring – mine was 2.5″

 

Directions:

1. Using template provided, cut 32 rectangles of brown felt.  This will make 16 flash cards.  Pieces for the next few steps have square corners pictured but your’s will have rounded corners.

2. Using template provided, cut desired numbers and shapes out of assorted felt colors (the template provides more than 8 numbers and shapes so you can pick which ones you want or make extras).  Cut two of each number or letter so your cards can be used as a memory game as well.

3. Applique each number or shape to lower half of one brown rectangle, stitching around entire outer (and inner if applicable) edge of number or shape.
Note: I do not use Heat N Bond to applique for this project since the pieces are fairly small and felt is so easy to work with, but you can use it if you like.

 

4. When appliqueing, do not backstitch at beginning and end.  Instead, after stitching, tug on back threads gently, pulling a loop of the threads on the front to the back.  Pull the loop through, and you should now have 4 threads on the back of the felt.  Tie these threads together using a square knot and cut off any excess thread.

5. Apply one small scrap (approximately 1″x1″) to the wrong side of upper left corner of each piece you have appliqued.  This will reinforce the area where you will place a grommet at a later step.

6. Pin wrong side of each appliqued rectangular felt piece to a plain rectangular felt piece, matching edges.  Stitch around entire rectangles, close to edge (you can backstitch this time :)).

7. Following the directions on the package, attach a grommet or large eyelet to each card in the upper left corner.

8. Attach all the felt flash cards onto a metal craft ring.  Great job, you are done!

I like to divide the two sets of felt flash cards onto two different rings so that my boys can each play with a set.  When it’s time to play Memory, just combine the sets together!

No more worries about ripped and bent flash cards.  Even your baby is okay to get his little mitts on them.

Unfortunately Wyatt thinks that since they’re indestructable you’re supposed to throw them.

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Reusable Swiffer Duster Cloths Tutorial

swiffer duster cloths

I hate to say it, but I LOVE cleaning products. Not cleaning, just the products. Even more, I love DISPOSABLE cleaning products. I hate that they’re full of chemicals and are wasteful and expensive, but I love the convienience. Somehow having the latest cleaning gadget helps to motivate me to clean. It makes it more fun. Not that it’s fun to begin with. I’ve wanted to make some changes to my habits when it comes to cleaning for a while now.

One of my favorite cleaning products is the Swiffer duster. They’re so handy and work so well. If only it weren’t for the disposable duster cloths they use (and use, and use). I’ve been wanting to make a reusable Swiffer duster cloth for a long time but hadn’t gotten around to it. I guess I was saving it for Go Green Month. I love the reusable flannel duster cloth. It can be washed over and over again, and really does a great job dusting. I HAD to share the tutorial so you can all make your own!

reusable swiffer duster cloths

Description:
This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make your own reuseable Swiffer duster cloth. The best part is that the more it’s used and washed, the better it will work! From start to finish, you should have your new duster made within 30 minutes!

Materials:
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Update: You can now download a free pattern HERE rather than measure and mark your own pieces as instructed in the tutorial. Please note that the markings are for a handle similar to the one pictured in this tutorial.

4 7″x7″ pieces flannel – this solid flannel would be perfect and is super affordable
4 4″x7″ pieces flannel (can be coordinating color)
Duster handle
Thread

Note: I found that flannel works best at dusting. I also tried using microfiber (you can get microfiber cloths at the dollar store for a couple of bucks), but personally didn’t like it as much as flannel. It didn’t seem to hold as much dust, and made a HUGE mess as I was cutting it up. Polar fleece may also be a good alternative, but I would still prefer flannel, in my very humble opinion :).

reusable swiffer duster clothsreusable swiffer duster cloths

Directions: 1. Place two pieces of 4″x7″ flannel on two pieces of 7″x7″ flannel, centering smaller pieces on top. Repeat with remaining flannel squares.reusable swiffer duster cloths 2. Join small and large pieces together by stitching down center of all four layers of fabric as pictured. Stack the two sets of flannel on top of each other, with the small pieces on the top and bottom. reusable swiffer duster cloths3. Next, make the casing for the Swiffer duster handle. Fold the small pieces of fabric to one side, align the base of the prongs at the edge of the fabric, and center the prongs over the middle seam where the small and large pieces were joined together. reusable swiffer duster cloths4. Trace close to side edge of prong all the way to the edge of fabric, leaving spaces where the curved areas of the prongs are. It is better to leave a little extra space where the curved areas are than to leave too little space. Fold small piece of fabric to opposite side and trace prongs again the same way. reusable swiffer duster clothsreusable swiffer duster clothsreusable swiffer duster cloths5. Fold top and bottom small pieces to one side and stitch along traced lines, through all four layers of flannel. reusable swiffer duster cloths 6. Fold top and bottom small pieces to opposite side and stitch along traced lines, through all four layers of flannel. reusable swiffer duster cloths 7. Open up top and bottom small pieces at middle seams and lay flat. Slide Swiffer duster handle into the casing you have sewn, in between the 4 large pieces of flannel. Curved areas on prongs should slide into the spaces you left when you stitched the casing in step 6 and hold the handle in place. reusable swiffer duster clothsreusable swiffer duster cloths 8. Beginning with top layer of large flannel piece, trim approximately 1″ of fabric from edge on both sides. reusable swiffer duster cloths 9. Continue trimming each layer approximately 1″ shorter than the layer beneath it. reusable swiffer duster cloths 10. Turn duster cloth over and repeat steps 8-9 with opposite side. reusable swiffer duster cloths 11. Beginning with narrowest layer, clip edges of flannel at 1/2″ intervals along length of duster. reusable swiffer duster cloths 12. Repeat with the next flannel layer beneath. reusable swiffer duster cloths 13. Continue clipping edges of all layers on each side of duster cloth. reusable swiffer duster cloths 14. Ruffle up all clipped edges, and this is what you will have: reusable swiffer duster cloths 15. Throw your new reusable Swiffer duster cloth in the washer and dryer to let the edges fray. You may need to clip some loose or dangling strands of thread. reusable swiffer duster cloths 16. Let your kids, husband, and even you (ya, you) fight over who gets to do the dusting! Want proof that your new reusable Swiffer duster cloth works? Here ya go. reusable swiffer duster cloths