Easy Clothing Patterns for Kids

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    Easy Clothing Patterns for Kids

    People choose to sew children's clothing to embrace tradition or express creativity. Making clothing for children is a great way to learn to sew for the first time or polish rusty skills that have been unused for several years. Sewing is a hobby that provides an outlet for creativity while making something that is inexpensive and practical.

    The feeling of accomplishement is a motivator for sewing. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

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    These practical dresses are easy to make. They require less than 2 yards of fabric. These patterns are easy to vary to meet the needs of any body type. Broadcloth, seersucker and calico are fabrics of choice for these charming, casual dresses. Some patterns have adjustable shoulder straps and button closures on the back. Others have elastics in casings on the sides and ties at the shoulders. Add pockets and appliques to create a personalised sundress.

    This lightweight dress is great for any summer day. (Ryan McVay/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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    Lounge Pants

    Lounge trousers are popular as a first independent sewing project for adolescents. The trousers and shorts are easy to make and have sewing instructions for beginners. They require 1 to 3 yards of fabric. Broadcloth and flannel are the suggested materials. These trousers have a relaxed elastic waistband. Most patterns will have instructions for shorts as well as trousers. Lounge trousers make a practical handmade gift for children.

    The entire family can wear homemade lounge trousers. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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    Sun Hats

    Hat patterns are often included with children's clothing patterns. Summer hats are made from denim or broadcloth. Fusible interfacing reinforces the brim. Single-layered hats are trimmed in bias tape. Sew two hats together so the raw edges are between the layers to make a reversible hat. A button or flower can be added as a decoration. Fleece can be used to make winter hats and a matching vest or scarf. Hats require a 1/2 to 1 yard of fabric.

    Sun hats provide shade wherever you are. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

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    Vests are sleeveless garments that can be simple or complex. A vest can be made of fleece and used as an extra layer on cold days, or it can be made with denim or broadcloth. Children play in vests that resemble the clothing of a cowboy or a safari guide. The vest may feature favourite book characters. Vest can have an open front or a zipper, Velcro or button closure. A vest is a garment that allows for expressing creative ideas.

    Vests are great props for playtime. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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    Making an apron requires basic to intermediate sewing skills; a child can make an apron as a first sewing project. Most aprons require 1 to 2 yards of fabric. Add appliques or pockets to personalise each apron. There are many styles of aprons. The chef's apron utilises D-rings and straps. A wraparound or side-closure apron requires bias tape. Handmade aprons make good gifts to or from a child.

    Aprons keep clothing clean while working in the kitchen. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

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