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I have something really fun for you! I have a free pattern and a giveaway. (Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway.) This is a really easy and fun tunic with lots of swing. It has lots of growing room. It could fit from an 18 month old to maybe a 2 or a 3 year old. It could also be lengthened to a dress. It’s very simple so there are so many options for customization. My daughter loved running around in it and swinging back and forth! (She also got mud on it right before I took pictures!)
FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic

I love the pop of the bias tape against the fuschia. I also love how the tunic is so voluminous and drapey, but the bias tape makes the sleeves and hem stand out. It pairs really well with leggings and even a cardigan for cold days. I know Claire will be able to wear this tunic for a couple of years.

FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic

Supplies
2/3 yards of softer woven fabric like Cotton Lawn, Voile, etc. (Don’t use anything wider than 50″.)
3 yards of 1/2″ double fold bias tape*
PRINT: Free Swing Tunic Pattern (size 18 mos – 2T)
1 button
Sewing supplies*

1. Gather your supplies.
2. Rip the edge of one edge of your fabric about 1″ in to get a straight edge. Measure up 15″ and rip again.

FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic
3. Find the center of the fabric and fold both selvages in to meet at the center line.
4. Use the Sleeve Cutout Pattern piece to cut out where the sleeve will go. Line up the top with the top edge and the fold with the fold.
FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic

5. You will have two U-shaped cutouts from the top edge of the fabric in between the center line and the selvages.
6. Cut two sleeves on the fold from the remaining fabric. (I changed the shape after cutting this out, so your piece looks a little different.)

FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic

7. Sew the selvages together at 1/4″ stopping 5″ from the top. Iron the seam open and iron the 5″ open just like the seam.
8. Topstitch the seam allowances of the 5″ down at 1/8″ from the edge.

FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic

9. Use the bias binding to hem the sleeves and the bottom of the tunic.

FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic
10. Insert the sleeves into the sleeve cutout area. With WRONG SIDES TOGETHER match up the top edge of the sleeve with the top edge of the tunic and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. You will not sew in a full U-shape but you will sew two separate sides.
FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic

11. Finish the raw edges with the bias tape. This will be on the outside of the tunic.
12. Sew the bias edge seam allowance down towards the sleeve.

FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic

13. Sew two gathering stitches along the top of the tunic at 1/4″ and 1/2″ starting and stopping at the opening in the back.
14. Gather the neckline to about 14″ depending on the size of your child.
15. Cut a piece of bias binding that will fit around your button with some seam allowance to attach to the neckline. (Mine was 2 3/4″ but my button was really big.) Sew along the open edge to enclose the seams.
16. Cut some bias binding 15″. Fold over the raw edges 1/2″ and sew down.

FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic
17. Sew loop onto one side of the back opening at the top edge.
18. Finish the neckline with the prepared bias binding. Take out the 1/2″ gathering stitching.
FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic
I love the simple details of this tunic especially with some pretty bias binding. It would be so pretty with printed fabric and solid bias binding. Or stripes and dots! You could get pretty crazy with your combinations.
FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic
Now for the GIVEAWAY! You can win one 3 yard bias tape from Ahnalee Marie. Just head over to her shop and comment with which bias tape is your favorite!
The giveaway will be open for one week. The giveaway is open to to U.S. residents only. Good luck!
*Disclosure: I was not paid for the review or giveaway. I was given one cut of bias tape for free.
FREE SEWING PATTERN: 18 mos Swing Tunic


Heather

Author: Heather