Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How to make baby Bloomers...

Here's a quick little post while I finish work on my next home decor project, I'm pretty excited about it!

So I recently had a baby girl, and I'm loving the chance to buy pretty frilly, fluffy, and flowered things. One of my biggest pet peeves has been buying skirts which are far too short to be worn alone, and don't come with a diaper cover (aka bloomers).

She looks adorable, until she sits and you see her saggy little mickey mouse diaper hanging out....not cute. Leggings work under some, but if I'm going for a more dressy look she just needs bloomers. I looked all over the Internet and couldn't find a posted pattern anywhere. So, I tinkered around till I came up with a SUPER easy pattern for some. I made them out of just basic white material, but I'm excited to make them to match all her fun outfits. Possibly covering the bum with fun ruffles or attaching some fun skirts...oh the possibilities!


The pattern is for a 0-3 month size...for other infant sizes I'd add about an 1/2" to 3/4" to all sides of the pattern (1/2" for 3-6, 1" for 6-9, 1 1/2" for 9-12). Here is an infant sizing chart for reference.

I'll attach the pattern as a picture, and you can save it, then print it so it's an 8 1/2 x 11. But if you want a better copy we can exchange e-mails.

You'll need-

Thick elastic (like 1/2 inch) for waistband (I used a total of 13.5")
Thin elastic (like 1/8 inch) for leg openings (I used a total of 16")
Fabric (I'd have1/4 of a yard, for my size, with plenty of leftovers)

Here's an online chart I found for elastic waist sizes-

Age,  Length (needs to be doubled), Waist
0-6 mons 6 1/2 in 18 in
6-12 mons 7 1/2 in 19 in
2t 8 1/2 in 20 in
3t 9 3/4 in 20 1/2 in
4t 10 3/4 in 21 in
4/5 12 in 21 1/2 in
5t 13 1/2 in 22 in
 so just double the middle number and that's what you need for the waistband elastic. I used about 13 inches in mine.

For the legs, measure the length to of the leg opening and double it...mine was 8 inches for each leg of the thin elastic.


Alright, here we go!

1. Cut 2 copies of each leg on the fold of the fabric (just follow the pattern)
2. Fold the bottom of the fabric up about 1/4" and iron, Fold that once again and iron again (to create a nice fray-free seam). Repeat on the top line of the fabric too. Then repeat on the other leg.
This only shows the bottom folded over, repeat along the top as well.
3. Take the Thin elastic piece (which should be cut to the size of you leg opening doubled, mine was 8"). Turn your machine to a wide zig-zag stitch and stitch a little bit of the elastic to the bloomers, just to hold it in place while you sew the rest on. Then with one hand pull the fabric coming out the back of the machine, with  the other stretch the elastic out really far, like as far as it goes (this will make your leg gathered). Then hold the elastic so it's 1/2 over the fold you made, and 1/2 over the rest of the material (see picture), and sew all the way around. Make sure to keep stretching the elastic tight as you sew.


Stretch that elastic and make sure you sew down the edge of that fold at the same time...

4. Repeat that on the bottom of the other leg.

5. Match up the small arched seams, pin, and sew, just to the point of the small seam with a 3/8" seam.
Note the seam rippage, yeah, that's what comes of sewing when you're far too tired...


6. Then turn one leg so it's right side out, and place it inside of the other leg which is wrong side (the side with the elastic showing). The right sides of the material should be touching. Match the seams and sew around that u shape. You should NOT be sewing on the top where you folded it over.



7. Turn the whole thing back inside-out, and sew the thick elastic along the top just like you did on the legs. Stretching as you go, and making sure you get the bottom of the folded edge stitched under the elastic.

Okay, that's a terrible picture, they look WAY better in person.

8. Put them on a little girl and enjoy having her little bum covered with something cuter than a diaper!

Wouldn't they be ah-dor-able with some lace on the leg-openings? Or ruffles on the bum?

Here's the pattern, again, let me know if you want an e-mailed PDF.

84 comments:

  1. Hi there! Just found your blog while searching for a bloomer pattern. Can you please e-mail me the pdf pattern to andreadawley@hotmail.com? Thanks!

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  2. Would you mind emailing me this pattern. So cute!
    karcathey@gmail.com
    Thanks:)

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  3. Please email me the pdf. My grand daughter will look so cute in these. Can't wait to make them.
    tgiff76@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

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    1. Please send me the patter

      lydiar52@gmail.com

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  4. I've been looking for bloomers for my daughter's baptism and couldn't find anything, so I decided to make one myself. I would really apreciate it if you send me a pdf of your pattern. I think it's adorable and would be perfect for her. Thank you for your ingenuity! a42358743@hotmail.com

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  5. im trying make a bloomer for friend can you email me the pdf of pattern pls wak15@live.com

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  6. can you please send me the pdf file. here's my email tel-carter@hotmail.com
    thanks

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  7. hi there can u please email the bloomer pattern as pdf to reeba06@rediffmail.com
    thanks so much...

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  8. Hi like your bloomers would you please email me the pattern to mac1120@att.net. Thank you

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  9. I'd LOVE a PDF of this if you don't mind! Fantastic! lysad96@gmail.com

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  10. Please email me the pdf for the baby bloomers. They are absolutely awesome! Thanks for sharing.
    ry.bre@cox.net

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  11. Love this! Can you please email me the pattern? dkwise@bellsouth.net

    Thanks!

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  12. Love this! Can you please email me the pattern for for the baby bloomers. They are sooo cute. Thanks for sharing them.
    gsvokas105@comcast.net

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  13. can i get a copy of the baby bloomers pattern faught.belinda@gmail.com

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  14. I absolutely love this...Can you please email me the pattern also?
    cvillarreal@airmail.net

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  15. Can you email me a copy as well?
    I'd really appreciate it! :)

    ewinberry7@gmail.com

    thank you!!

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  16. can you email me this pattern? love it
    gelly95@comcast.net

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  17. can you please email me the pattern? elyadma@hotmail.com thanks so much!

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  18. cute cute cute. can you please email a copy of the pattern. thank you so much. helendennis@hawaiiantel.net

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  19. gorgeous can you please email me a copy of the pattern to fairycute2011@hotmail.com

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  20. They are so cute, i would love them pattern if you could send it to me at short-and-sweet1@hotmail.com please

    Thanks in advance

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  21. Email me the pattern anns1211@gmail.com

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  22. I would love a copy as well! I have lots of baby girls being born all around me and these would make great gifts!! My Email is kimssweetmoments@yahoo.com. Thanks so much!!

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  23. I would love to have the PDF. Please send to debbiekirk1 at mac dot com

    Thanks

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  24. I love it. Would you mind sending the pattern to me at carol@tamco.org?

    Thanks!!

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  25. Oohhh, another one who loves your work. I would love if you could also email me the PDF pattern.

    beckels47@gmail.com

    Thanks & Cheers

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  26. Wow this looks great. I have a little girl and would love to make some for her. could you please e-mail me the pattern.
    cookiemillsj@gmail.com
    cheers

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  27. Can you email me the PDF pattern for the bloomers, cetara35@gmail.com. Thanks so much.

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  28. Nice!!! Rachel ,Could you please email me the PDF pattern for these bloomers.Thanks for the tutorial.And thank you for the PDF pattern. Barb my email is : squaw_74965@yahoo.com

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  29. So cute!! Can you please email me the PDF pattern @ colette.bartley1@live.co.uk
    Thank you for the tutorial and can't wait for the pattern 8-D

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  30. Can you please email me the PDF? sonyahead@att.net

    Thanks!
    Sonya

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  31. Hi can you please send me you PDF file you have on your tutorial on the bloomers. Thank you so much. Jennifer
    Morajj@live.com

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  32. Hello, I would appreciate you PDF file you have on your tutorial on the bloomers at http://wildwhitneys.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-make-baby-bloomers.html

    Thanks

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  33. Could you send me a PDF at lgeissler67@yahoo.com...
    Thanks

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  34. I would love to get the PDF... Thanks a MILLION. nacolemcghin@hotmail.com

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  35. The bloomers are sooo adorable. I would love to get the PDF pattern to make these bloomers for my youngest granddaughter.

    Thanks Much,
    Dagmar dmerrit@hotmail.com

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  36. How do I get a .pdf file pattern?

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  37. love the bloomers and we have the same problem with my grand babies clothes. would you please send me the pdf file pattern to shousertaylor@yahoo.com
    many thanks,

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  38. I would like a .pdf. copy of the bloomer pattern. Thanks.

    Please email it or the link to spcarpenter5468
    gmail.com
    Granny

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    1. I don't need the pattern anymore. This was my second request. I never got the .pdf, as I requested. I just made my own pattern, however it wasn't easy as using one already made. Actually I like mine better.
      Granny

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  39. Would love a .pdf file

    These are so cute, I would love to make some for my granddaughter, so much better than just diapers.

    cobbkd@gmail.com

    thanks,
    nana (Karen Cobb)

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  40. Can you please email me this pattern. I'm making them for my daughter that is due anytime now.

    Ktkirk11892@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  41. Can u please email the pdf pattern? Thank u!

    hthr_prtt@yahoo.com

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  42. can i get your bloomer pattern please

    teacupkaren@sbcglobal.net

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  43. This is so cute! Can you please email me the pattern...nlandry3@verizon.net

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  44. Hi could you please email the pdf pattern on these adorable bloomers. Thanks so much
    laneyb12@yahoo.com

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  45. Love this. You are great! Could you email eme the pdf to laurenhgarnett@gmail.com

    Thanks!!!!

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  46. thanks for your ingenuity that is so helpful to the rest of us!!! may I please have your pattern emailed to rebeccafharris@yahoo.com. Thanks again!

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  47. Adorable! Please email the pattern to hyp4mz@live.ca
    Very much appreciated! Thank you!!

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  48. Exactly what I was looking for. Sooo cute! Would you please email the pattern to sacross@email.com? Thank you so much!

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  49. Please email me the pattern. Thanks.
    batman.elizabeth@gmail.com

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  50. Would you please email me a copy of the pdf pattern? It would be greatly appreciated! I have several baby gifts to make and these would be perfect, especially for the various holidays.Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

    crochets4preemies@gmail.com

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  51. HI there! Could I please have you email me your pattern? It's adorable.
    lizgillham@hotmail.com
    Thank you!!!

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  52. Hi!! Love the baby bloomers will you please email me a copy of the pdf pattern. mslovealot2002@yahoo.com

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  53. Will be getting a new granddaughter in October - (have all grandsons!) and looking for "things" to make for her - would love to have your bloomers pattern. Would you please send it to me?....at papaloupanas@yahoo.com

    Thanks !

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  54. I would love a copy of the pattern too! My email address is cwharton1@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  55. id like a copy of the pattern aswell, thank you :)
    bmiaj@aol.com

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  56. Hi, I am trying to make long bloomers to go under a pillow case dress I made for my granddaughters first trip to Disney, can u please e-mail me the pattern for te bloomers, and do u think I would just add length to the legs to make them a bit longer? And is the pattern for a baby? Thank You.
    Tammiebeard@yahoo.com

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  57. Can you please e-mail me this pattern as I have four GRANDdaughters? This would be a great help. ......vickeyleigh@hotmail.com...............

    Thanks so much!

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  58. This is great tutorial!! I would greatly appreciate it if you could email me the pattern please! I am trying to make my daughters Halloween costume and I need to make bloomers my email is nesa04@gmail.com

    thank you very much for your creative ideas!!

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  59. I would really like a copy of the pattern, as well. thank you so much! Brenda
    bbnsmith@comcast.net

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  60. So beautiful! My sis is due soon with a lil girl, wanna make some stuff for her, so can you please send the pdf to Kristianite.678@gmail.com...

    Thanks!
    -Krissy

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  61. This is what I'm looking for! Can you Please send this to me ASAP. My email is mfowler22158@gmail.com Thanks Martha

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  62. So excited...could you send the pattern to sam2204@gmail.com

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  63. Hi, sounds exciting, please email me this pattern in pdf. Thanks a million buderim6@bigpond.net.au

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  64. Thanks for your info. Please email me the pattern.
    dpachall@yahoo.com

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  65. hi great pattern! could you please email it to me? greatly apprectiated! marnitavener@gmail.com
    thanks in advanced

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  66. Could you email me the pattern?
    laurayscue@yahoo.com

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  67. love this could please e-mail me the pattern?

    avaandreoni@yahoo.com

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  68. Love the pattern. Could you pls email it to me.purbrickl@yahoo. com (no that's an L not the #1.)

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  69. Love the tutorial! I think I'm about to try to make some of these for a friend who is having a baby. Would you please email me pdf at danieller_022@hotmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  70. I would love to get the PDF of your pattern. My email is susiemorg@aol.com
    Thank you so much...I appreciate your generosity and look forward to making the bloomers for my first granddaughter.

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  71. Hey, love this one, may i have it as a pdf file sent to my email, sabina_nilsson83@hotmail.com please?

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  72. Could I get an email of the pdf pattern???? thanks!!!
    zia716@yahoo.com

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  73. This is so cute. Could you please email me the pdf pattern? Thanks so much. lynncarol33@yahoo.com

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  74. CAN YOU PLEASE SEND ME THE PDF FILE FOR THE BLOOMERS? THANKS! Saint12978@aol.com

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  75. Hi there what a gorgeous blog!! I would love to give these bloomers a go. Could you please email me a copy of the pattern to belle.1710@hotmail.com. Thanks so much!! K xx

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  76. please email me the pdf hpolum@hotmail.com

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  77. Hi there! Super cute. Could you send me the pdf of your pattern. i would so appreciate it! Peggy pegstoll55@gmail.com

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  78. Would love the PDF pattern. rmartinez4@hvc.rr.com
    Thanks much!

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  79. Please send me the pattern too! Thanks :)
    Sumleacar@gmail.com

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  80. Could you please me the pattern also, I appreciate it so much!
    ccgiggles@yahoo.com

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  81. Hi,
    Please email me your pattern. It is very sweet and simple.

    shashiy01@gmail.com

    thanks

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  82. I'd love the PDF, please!

    loves2sparkle@yahoo.com

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