This free footed baby pants pattern will quickly become one that you find yourself sewing over and over again! If you hate trying to keep socks on a baby’s feet as much as I did when my babies were, well, babies, you’ll love these little pants. They were my favorite pants to put Hattie in when she was a newborn, and have now been one of my favorite DIY baby gifts to make for years!
These DIY baby pants are super comfy and will keep a baby’s feet nice and toasty. It’s a baby pants pattern that’s quick to sew up and is such a satisfying sew.
The footed baby pants pattern is sized for newborns, from 6-10lbs (Hattie was just over 10lbs in these pics and they still fit quite well).
And as I mentioned, they also make a great DIY baby gift! To mix it up, pair them with some knee patch baby pants, some DIY burp cloths, or even a sweet baby dress, and you’ll have a gift that any new or expecting mom will love. Or just make a pile of these footed baby pants and she’ll be just as thrilled!
I ordered the fabric for these cute animal print, floral, and camo pants from my favorite online fabric shop, Raspberry Creek Fabrics (affiliate link). All three are french terry and are sooo soft! You may even recognize the camo from my free cowl neck hoodie pattern, and I have plans for one out of the animal print next ;).
In 6 easy steps, you’ll have a pair whipped up in no time.
Baby Pants Pattern
What you’ll need: (contains affiliate links)
4 way stretch knit fabric with 50% stretch (french terry is one of my favorites) – 1/2 yd will be enough for several pairs of pants – but you might as well buy some extra for a Seafarer or Skipper Top ;)
1″ elastic – 14″ in length – Tip: I like to buy large rolls of elastic like these – it saves a ton of money, and makes it a rare occurrence to run out of elastic!
Download the baby pants pattern HERE and print it at 100%, ensuring the 1″ test square is printed correctly, and tape pages together along markings. Please remember this pattern is for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*When cutting pattern pieces out, fold fabric in half and cut each set of 2 front/back pieces at once through both layers. This will result in mirror images of each front/back piece.*
*Use a serger or a long zig zag stitch to allow the fabric to stretch once sewn. Always use a ball point needle when sewing knits.*
*All seam allowances are 3/8″ unless otherwise noted.*
After many requests, new in 2020 is a full video tutorial below to teach you how to make this baby pants pattern! If you’d prefer, you can also catch it HERE on our YouTube channel as well.
Scroll on for the original illustration tutorial if that’s more your style!
1. Right sides together, pin and stitch each foot (top) piece to each pant front at ankle curve, matching ankle marks and stretching ankle curve to fit foot piece. The convex curve on the pant front ankle will stretch outward to fit the foot top piece.
2. Right sides together, stitch each front piece to each back piece at inseams and outseams.
3. Right sides together, place one pant leg inside the other, matching raw edges of front and back crotch curves. Pin and stitch crotches together with one continuous seam, from top of front to top of back (or vice versa).
4. Turn each pant leg wrong side out. Right sides together, pin each sole piece to bottom of each leg opening, matching heel and toe marks. Stitch together, stretching bottom of leg opening as needed to fit curves of sole.
5. Overlap ends of 1″ wide elastic (14″ in length) 1/2″, and secure together using zig zag stitch. Mark both elastic and top of pants in quarters and pin together, matching quarter marks and placing elastic close to raw edge of top of pants. Stretching elastic to fit top of pants, stitch elastic to pants with zig zag stitch, 1/4″ from top raw edge.
6. Fold elastic and top of pants toward wrong side of pants. Stitch top folded edge in place by zig zag stitching around folded edge (stretching elastic to fit), close to edge of elastic.
And that’s it! A cute, quick pair of DIY baby pants that will guarantee snuggly toes :).
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