Saturday, July 6, 2013

Baby Suspender Shorts Tutorial and Pattern

UPDATE 7-21-2014:  I am so excited to share that I now have the Spruce Suspender Shorts for sale in my brand new pattern shop: Zuzzy Patterns. I've been studying pattern making for the last year (after I created the original pattern) and made a few changes to the original pattern. The pattern is significantly improved in fit and digitally graded in sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12-18, and 18-24 months.  The construction process has been slightly modified, and the suspender straps now feature a rounded front strap. UPDATE now up to 4T! Read more HERE I will always keep the  tutorial and the original pattern for free download here on the blog. But if you would like the shorts in additional baby sizes, you can purchase the pattern here.

The PDF is 20 pages long. The pattern pieces are colored for easy cutting, but for those who prefer to print in black and white the pattern pieces are also dashed! best of both worlds :) All measurements are in imperial (inches). The pattern is listed as $6, but for all you blog readers I have a coupon code for you to get the pattern for only $5. Just enter BLOGREADER into the coupon code box as you checkout.

Now back to the original post I created for participating in Shorts on the Line 2013:

Girl's shorts are done, CHECK! Now it's time for a pair of baby shorts


These are vintage-inspired suspender strap shorts made from grey chambray with vintage buttons. The buttons are from a grab bag of old buttons I found at an estate sale a few weeks ago! score! 
I loooove these little shorts. I think they are so adorable, especially paired with bow tie onesie.
Want to make your own? 

This free pattern is for size 3 months  

You will need:
1/2 yard of fabric (you will have plenty leftover for another pair of shorts)
4 buttons
8" length of 3/4"-wide elastic
matching thread

*all seams are sewn with a 1/2" seam allowance (seam allowances are included in the pattern)
**after you sew each seam, finish the seam by using a zigzag stitch then trim the excess fabric (about 1/4") or use a serger if you are lucky enough to have one.
1. Cut out your pattern pieces. You will cut two fronts, two backs, then two 3" x 20" rectangles for the suspender straps, one 3" x 10" rectangle for the front waistband, and one 3" x 11" rectangle for the back waistband.
2. Sew the fronts together and the backs together (right sides facing) along the crotch.
press the seam open (the iron is your friend!) and turn over
3. match the front waistband to the front piece (right sides together) and sew. Repeat with the back waistband and back piece.
4. (not pictured) Serge/zig zag your waistband top so it won't fray (I had to go back and redo this part because I forgot). I just zigzagged along the edge, but if you want a cleaner look you could line the edge with a little bias tape.

5. Now it's time to add the elastic!

start by pinning the middle of the elastic to the middle of the BACK (the back piece is taller and wider than the front- don't mix them up!)
position the elastic 3/8" below the top of the waistband. Now sew the ends down to hold them in place (sew with a 1/4" seam allowance so the seam will be enclosed when you are done)

6. Now fold the waistband down, enclosing the elastic, and pin. Sew just underneath the elastic being careful not to catch the elastic. Sew slowly and let the elastic readjust as you sew.

7. Time to sew the front to the back. I stretched my elastic on the back and pinned it about an inch in so the elastic wouldn't pull where I was going to be sewing.
Match up along the sides, the waistband on the fronts will hang over. Fold the front waistband over on top of the back waistband.

here are some close ups:
8. Now sew along the side.
and when you unfold it...
... it's a beautiful enclosed seam!

9. Repeat on the other side.

10. Fold down the front waistband. Turn over, and stitch in the ditch
11. Sew the inseams.


12. Now it's time to hem the shorts. Turn under 1/2" then another 1/2". Sew.

If your sewing machine is like mine, slide the arm off to make this part easier.
13. Now it's time to make the suspenders. Take your 3" x 20" rectangles, fold them in half and sew them together lengthwise. Turn the tubes inside out and press. Tuck the ends under and sew them closed.

 14. Sew buttons and button holes.

for the FRONT: sew the buttons to the front waistband on the outside of the shorts. You can just eyeball where to put the buttons, or if you want to be exact, I sewed mine about 2 1/4" away from the middle seam (measuring from the center of the button)

For the BACK, sew the buttons to the inside of the back of the shorts. Sew these buttons about 2" away from the center seam. Then sew button holes in the suspender straps. I sewed 2 button holes on one end of each strap so that I can lengthen them as my little guy gets bigger, in hopes that he won't outgrow these too quickly.
now put your completed shorts on your baby and showoff the cuteness!

32 comments:

  1. oh my gosh. oh my gosh i am dying from the cuteness. So cute. oh my gosh.

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  2. I love this! I bookmarked it and I plan to check back for bigger sizes! Congrats on your sweet baby!

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  3. these are so cute! Thanks for sharing... now I just need someone to have a baby boy!

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  4. Aw I'm desperate for a 6-12 month version of these shorts... they are soooooooooooo cute and just what my nephew needs in our current crazy UK heatwave. Can't wait!

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  5. I absolutely love these! I am pregnant with twins and decided to make them in white (and lengthen them to pants since they'll be born this fall) as their blessing clothing. I do have a question though. When I see the buttons on the back inside should I then be sewing them through the elastic as well? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, I sewed through the elastic. Try to keep your stitches small so they aren't noticeable on the outside. Just be sure that those button are SECURE! and that you don't leave your baby unattended while wearing things with buttons as they are a chocking hazard. Send me pictures of your finished outfits, I would LOVE to see them! (craftingzuzzy(at)gmail.com)

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  6. Hi! I am in love with these!!! I'm currently making them in red so my son can be pinnochio for halloween, but I plan on making some gray and blue ones in the near future! I just have one question... for the 6-12 month size, do I still cut the waistbands 3x10 and 3x11? Or do I need to make them a little longer? Thanks!

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    1. Good catch! I will update this in the tutorial. The size 6-12 month shorts will need longer waistbands. Cut two 3" x 12 1/2" rectangles for the front and back waistbands.

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    2. Thanks so much. They turned out adorable :) This was one of the best tutorials I have found-- so detailed and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your talent!

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  7. Hi Angela,

    I am in the middle of making this outfit and ran into a problem. The front and back pattern for the 6-12 months were the same size. I printed them out and check the 1 inch box to confirm it was printed correctly and it was. Am I missing something? Please help. Thanks!

    By the way the tutorial is very easy to follow so far.

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  8. Is there a way to print these much larger than 100%/actual size so that I could have a pattern out of this for a 3 year old boy? I would love to make these for my son.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing + foto's !

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  10. I just found this and can not wait to try it!!! You have such clear instructions and I love the pictures. I am all about having something visual to look at. I will be making this for Easter for my son to go with his sisters outfit!

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  11. Hi everyone! Thanks for all your nice comments on these shorts. They are one of my favorites. I have had questions about what fabric I used on these and wanted to add that I used Kaufman Carolina Chambray in Black from fabric.com here's the link: https://www.fabric.com/buy/dj-397/kaufman-carolina-chambray-black

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  12. love the narwhal fabric in the background!

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    1. I love it too! It's from Sarah Jane's Out to Sea Line

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  13. Can you send me the pattern link? It says the link is disabled.

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    1. Email me at craftingzuzzy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. how much longer should i do theses to make them into trousers rather than shorts?

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  15. I love this! I added to my monthly feature!
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  16. Thanks for the great help! I used this pattern to make a killer Pinocchio costume for my little guy. You can see it on my blog: http://aquesttocreate.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-pinocchio-halloween.html

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  18. I sent you a message a while ago to check if the suspenders would also fit if you use cloth nappies, so quite a bulky one :) Then I'll purchase it for the christening of my son in a few months. But I would like a guarantee that it's wide enough...

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    1. Just for you :) http://www.craftingzuzzy.blogspot.com/2015/05/spruce-shorts-for-fluffy-bums-free.html

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    2. Thanks for the inspiration and the great pattern, he melted a lot of hearts on Sunday :)
      You can find some pictures here:
      http://woohoobydavina.blogspot.be/2015/07/de-stilte-voor-de-doop.html
      Unfortunately I don't write in English on my blog, but I think the pictures will be enough for you ;-)

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  19. I am trying to download this shorts pattern but all I am getting is two pieces...the suspenders and the waist band will not load... help! Thanks!

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  20. The pattern link isn't working...please let me know if you fix it. Would love to make these!

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  21. Thanks so much for this adorable pattern. I just finished the pants for my brand new grandson and can hardly wait to show my daughter-in-law who had found your post. I've been sewing for more than 50 years yet I was still very impressed with your pattern and the clever but simple way you finished the waistband. Cheers to You!

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  23. I have been searching for a pattern similar to this for a LONG time, and yours is the closest I have found! I want my shorts to have a box pleat in each leg with a cuff at the bottom. Do you think the pattern is easy enough to adapt for this? Would i just add more width to the leg pieces to pleat/gather at the bottom?

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