These beautiful baby bloomers are a great way to cover up unsightly nappies and are suitable for both boys and girls. The elasticated waist makes them comfortable for the baby to wear and you will find them easy to get on and off when it’s time to change the nappy.
You will need
- 2 fat quarters of fabric
- 36in (91cm) length of elastic
- Tracing paper or baking parchment
- Tape measure or ruler
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Thread to match fabric
- Sewing needle
- Dress-making scissors
- Large safety pin
The most basic of machine stitches, use straight stitch to join two pieces of fabric together and for top stitching and attaching binding.
This hand stitch can be used to join two folded edges together. It is also used to stitch hems, attach bias binding and close up gaps. When joining two folded edges, bring the needle out through one edge, then make a small stitch into the fold on the opposite edge. Pull the thread through, then make another small stitch into the fold on the opposite edge. Continue in this way, stitching into each edge in turn and pulling the thread to draw the two folds together.
1 Photocopy the templates and trace over them onto tracing paper or baking parchment. Cut out with paper-cutting scissors to make the patterns. Pin the patterns onto the fabric and cut out two of each.
2 With right sides facing, pin the bloomer fronts together and machine sew down the centre seam with a straight stitch (fig 1). Repeat with the centre back pieces. Press the pieces flat.
3 With right sides together, pin the front of the bloomers to the back and machine sew down the inside and outside leg seams, using a 3/8in (1cm) seam allowance throughout.
4 To make the elastic casing for the waist, turn down the top edge by 3/8in (1cm), press, then turn down by a further 1in (2.5cm). Press, pin and machine sew. Repeat at the bottom of the bloomer legs.
5 For the waistband elastic, measure the baby’s waist and add 1in (2.5cm) for joining the ends. Unpick a few stitches on the inside of the waistband seam. Using the safety pin, thread the elastic into the casing.
6 Hand sew the ends of the elastic together, then slip stitch the seam opening closed (Fig 2). Repeat for the elastic in the legs.
This project has been excerpted from Fat Quarter: Quick Makes by Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell, published by GMC. Quick Makes is part of a fantastic new series of stash-busting sewing books aimed at beginner to intermediate crafters. There are 25 super-quick and easy projects to make, all from fat quarters or fabric scraps. Each project has easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and beautiful accompanying photography, as well as a useful tools and techniques section. This book is ideal for using up leftover remnants of fabric from your stash to create a range of decorative and useful items in a flash.Projects include a book bag, tent tidy, baby’s dress, eye mask, bunting, festival flag, owl brooch, passport cover, paintbrush roll, makeup bag.