How to make sewing patterns for children's clothing

Updated April 17, 2017

Sewing patterns make making children's clothes easy. You can create your own sewing patterns for children's clothes. When you make your own patterns and clothing, you spend a lot less money. You will also be better able to meet your children's clothing needs, providing them with many more trousers, shirts, skirts and dresses than you otherwise would be able to.

Make a pattern from the favourite article of your child's clothing. When clothes get worn out or too small, you can create patterns from them. Choose your favourite shirt, pair of trousers or shorts, skirt, or dress. You will make your pattern from the piece of clothing you select.

Use the sharp scissors to carefully cut the article of clothing apart. Cut along each seam. When all of the seams are cut, the article of clothing will be in pieces.

Lay out the pieces on a large sheet of tissue paper. Make sure they are all smooth and flat. Do not allow them to overlap each other, and make sure that there is at least 4 inches of space between each piece. Use more than one sheet of tissue paper if necessary.

Use the black marker to trace around each piece onto the tissue paper. Do this slowly and carefully to avoid mistakes. It does not matter if the marker marks the pieces, as the article of clothing is no longer wearable.

Use the sharp scissors to cut out the pattern pieces that you drew on the tissue paper. Each piece should be labelled accordingly to where it fits into the pattern. When you are ready to create an article of clothing from the pattern, you will know which pieces get sewn where. To use the pattern pieces, secure them to the fabric of your choice, outline them and the cut the fabric where marked. Sew together, and you'll have a new article of clothing made from the pattern you created.


Take your time.


Once you cut apart any article of clothing, it will no longer be wearable.

Things You'll Need

  • Large sheet of tissue paper
  • Black marker
  • Sharp scissors
  • Your child's favourite piece of clothing
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