This was my first experience sewing for a baby boy. Somehow, up until now, all of my friends’ babies have either been girls, or the parents went the gender neutral option. It was fun to sew up boy clothing for the first time. Since I tend to make baby clothes out of scraps leftover from making my own clothes, which tend to be on the girly side, I had to get a little creative for these pieces.
First up, I made a t-shirt and hat out of some adorable penguin fabric from Spoonflower. I had a coupon for a free fat quarter from my visit to their factory, and I used it to get this penguin pattern printed on a knit. The recipient’s dad is a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan, and this was a nice baby-appropriate hint at his hockey team. The sleeve and binding on the shirt are super soft, made from some leftover from one of my own t-shirts. For the shirt, I used See Kate Sew’s Mermaid Gown pattern, hacked off at what I estimated was shirt length. The hat is made from a super simple pattern from Make Sew Baby.
Next, I made a matching set of pants, mittens, and a hat, from one of Brandon’s shirts that didn’t fit quite right. The pants pattern is the Tiny Harm Pants pattern from The Alison Show. I used white ribbing from for the waistband and cuffs. I recognize that white probably isn’t the most practical with a baby, but, it was impossible for me to find any grey ribbing locally. I used the same pattern for this hat, and a mitten tutorial from Home Sweet Homebody. The mittens use up short lengths of elastic, but otherwise, basically everything was made from one t-shirt!
Finally, I consider this my baby boy piece de resistance: the hoodie. I saw this pattern from Leafy Treetop on Pinterest one day, and knew I had to make one up. I used a small remnant of sweatshirt material from Joann’s, and paired it with some navy blue ribbing. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but it’s newborn sized. If that’s not adorable, I don’t know what is.
And there you have it! It’s really not that hard to make baby clothes, especially with a serger to clean up all of the seams. They don’t take up much fabric, and there are a TON of free patterns online. If you’re interested in making some of your own, hopefully this gives you some ideas to get started!