Love/hate with PDF patterns – how to simplify assembly for baby clothes



DSCF5121PDF patterns. So great to get them instantly. So many are free online or very inexpensive.

But I hate wasting limited crafty time cutting and taping together, especially now with teeny clothes that Mr. Baby outgrows every few months and that are made from teeny pieces.

Like these shorts, which come as a free download in 6 sizes, and are functional and simple. The first round I printed out and assembled. But then an idea came to me:

Print the whole thing out again, I told myself. Tape the damn paper pieces together. Then separate the components – the front, the back, the waistband.

PDF shorts pattern

Look! Each is still tiny enough each to fit on the copier. SO COPY EACH ONE using legal paper or 11 x 17 paper if necessary. Keep those master components with the tape on them so the next size up can just be copied again and cut out in a bigger size.

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Should work for this little raglan shirt pattern, too, which goes up to size 6.

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  1. Great idea…..I intend to sew as much as I can for this baby due in may. ….have not started yet tho :)

    • GOOD luck. There are a handful of decent free ones available online. Stay tuned – I’ll keep linking as I find them myself.

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