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Have you ever tried sewing something from a fat quarter of knit fabric? Or do you have knit remnants that are big enough to be saved but you struggle to find a project for it? Well, today I have a fun little free pattern to share with you that will use up those remnants or a fat quarter of knit fabric! For this tutorial I used a fabric that I designed, the Walrus fabric, and a fabric that Claire designed, the Scribble fabric, on an interlock blend fabric from My Fabric Designs.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
 


I did some really creative cutting to fit all the pieces on a fat quarter and creates a really cute flutter sleeve! It’s my favorite part of the design. It’s so adorable on toddler arms.
 


FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
 


Supplies
1 fat quarter of knit fabric (I used this Walrus fabric and this Scribble fabric for this tutorial.)
22 inches of 1/4″ elastic
Sewing supplies
Babydoll Tee Pattern Size 18 mos

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Cutting Out

1. If using a remnant, you can use this as a guide. This is the cutting layout for a fat quarter of knit fabric. Fold one side of the fabric over until it measures 7″. Fold the other side over until it meets the other edge. The smaller side will be for the bodice front and back and the sleeves. The 7″ side will be fore the skirt.
2. The sleeve can be nestled right in the curve of the necklines. I cut out both my bodices first and then cut the sleeves out of the pieces. You can fold the sleeve and cut it out at the same time if you’d like.
3. Cut the neck pieces from the remaining pieces. I cut mine from the white border along the top that comes with My Fabric Designs fabric.

FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee

You will need one front bodice, one back bodice, two sleeves, two skirts, and two neck pieces.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
Instructions
1. With right sides together sew the shoulders together at 1/4″ with a stretch stitch. Finish edges.
2. With right sides together sew the neckbands together at 1/4″ with a straight stitch.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
3. Fold the neckband in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Divide the neckband into four. Divide the neckline into four. Match up the four sections and pin.
4. Sew at 1/4″ while slightly stretching the pieces to fit. Finish the edges.
5. From the front sew the seam allowance towards the bodice with a straight stitch 1/8″ from the seam.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
6. Finish the curved edges of the sleeves. You can serge the edges, zigzag the edges, or sew a baby hem.
7. Match the center mark on the sleeves with the shoulder seam. With right sides together sew the sleeves with a stretch stitch at 1/4″. Finish the edges.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
8. Fold the seam allowance towards the bodice and edgestitch with a straight stitch. Where there is no sleeve fold the edges over 1/4″ and edgestitch.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
9. With right sides together sew the sides of the bodice together with a stretch stitch at 1/4″. Finish the edges.
10. At the armpit edge tack the seam allowance towards the back.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
11. With right sides together sew the edges of the skirt together with a stretch stitch at 1/4″.
12. Overlapping 1/2″ sew the edges of the elastic together creating a circle.
13. Divide elastic into four sections. Divide the skirt into four sections.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
14. Match up the four sections with the elastic on the inside of the skirt.
15. Sew the elastic to the skirt with a zigzag stitch stretching while you sew.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
16. Turn the skirt wrong side out. Slip the bodice right side out into the skirt matching up the side seams. The right side of the bodice should be facing the right side of the skirt.
17. Sew the bodice and skirt together with a stretch stitch at 3/8″. Finish the edges.
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee
18. Hem the skirt. For the scribble tee I serged the edges. For the walrus tee I serged the edges and folded it up once and sewed with a straight stitch.

FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee

19. Press carefully and your done!FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee

Enjoy the free pattern! I can’t wait to see what you make! I’d love to make these in lots of pretty colors and use up a bunch of my knit stash!
FREE PATTERN: 18 mos Babydoll Tee

 


Heather

Author: Heather