Ruffled Bloomers with Free Pattern

Today I’m going to show you how I made the bloomers that my niece wore with this dress.

I didn’t take pictures while making the original bloomers, so you’ll see a different pair in the tutorial. That also allowed me to use colors that will hopefully be easier for you to see. There’s a free pattern for you to download too.

So, you’ll need

  • 1/2 yd of fabric for the bloomers
  • 2 strips of fabric 28 inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide for the ruffles
  • 1/2 inch wide elastic for waist, about 17 inches
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic for the legs, about 20 inches
  • The bloomer pattern
To download the pattern, subscribe to my mailing list. In your welcome email, you’ll get a link to download the dress pattern+ the pattern for the ruffle bloomers. Remember, by downloading you are agreeing to the pattern license. I do this for several reasons – I used to host free PDFS on Google Docs, but not everyone could sign in, and this gives me a way to keep up with how often my patterns are being downloaded, as well as keep you informed about new patterns. It also helps me keep up with licensing.

This is about a 3-6 month size. This is a PDF file, you’ll print it across 2 pages of paper and then tape them together. When you print, set your printer to borderless, and don’t scale anything. . If your printer won’t print borderless, set it to the smallest margins you can and print anyway without scaling – you should be able to connect pattern lines across the page breaks. Butt the edges of the pages together – don’t overlap - and tape. The pages line up one above the other. NOTE- the front of the pattern piece runs to the edges of the paper, and the back of it goes to about 1/4″ below the edge. So if you’re having trouble with the borderless printing, make sure you draw the curve to the edges of the paper. 
 
Cut out one, on the fold. Transfer the ruffle placement markings so your piece looks like this

Next, take one of your ruffle strips and sew it into a tube, right sided together (full disclosure – on the original bloomers, I did a rolled hem on the edges of the ruffle with my serger. If you have a serger and want to do that, it works great. But I’m writing this with the assumption that many don’t have sergers)

Next, use a safety pin fed through your tube to turn it right side out.

Press your tube so that the seam runs down the center of one side

Push the raw edges into the tube about 1/4 inch and sew across ends.

Sew down the middle of your tube with the longest stitch your machine will do. By pulling one thread (either the top or the bottom, it doesn’t matter) you create the ruffle. Ruffle until it is the same length as your ruffle placement line, then pin the ruffle onto the line with the seam down (please ignore my mistake chalk mark on the bottom of this picture). Sew in place.

Now fold the bloomers with right sides together and sew down the side edges, using a 1/2 inch seam

Check your edges around the seams at the leghole. If they didn’t match perfectly, trim.

Finish your seams. I prefer to do this by trimming with pinking shears (when I’m not using my serger)

At the waistline, turn under about 1/8″ then turn under again 5/8″. At the leg holes, turn under about 1/8″ and then 3/8″. Give or take an 8th. I always just hold up the elastic and make sure I have room to sew the edge and room to pull the elastic through. Pin your casing.

Around the crotch, things can get tricky. Don’t freak out if despite your best efforts, you have some wrinkles. They won’t matter because the leg holes get gathered so much. You can see in the pic below that my casing wasn’t entirely flat in the crotch.

Sew the casings, being sure to leave an opening to thread elastic through.

It’s best to measure your baby and then cut the elastic to their waist measurement, but if you’re making this for a gift, 17 inches is about right for a 3-6 month old waist and 10 inches is about right for a leg. Thread your elastic through the casing using a safety pin. Don’t worry that I’m using black elastic – I ran out of white and it’s the same stuff.

Overlap the ends of the elastic about 1/2″ without twisting, and sew them together, backstitching a couple times. Then pull into the casing and sew the casing shut. While sewing the casing shut, you’ll want to gently pull on the elastic to flatten the casing where you’re sewing.

Ta-da! Here’s the front of the bloomers (see, I told you the wrinkles wouldn’t matter).

And here’s the back.

Now find a cute baby booty to put them on!

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Comments

  1. says

    I tried making a pair of these once and got so frustrated because I couldn’t do it without making the wrinkles. Thanks for sharing that it doesn’t matter! ;) (Need to stop being a perfectionist, hey???)

  2. says

    Oh no, I just bought a pattern for something similar with 9 pieces to it! Your tut is sooo much simpler! Thank you Thank you Thank you from Wendy at SugarTown Designs by Wendy Crooks on FB

  3. says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, and including the free pattern! I just finished making a little Green Bay Packer “cheerleader” skirt for my little granddaughter (her daddy, my son and her Grampy, my husband are huge Packer fans). After I finished the skirt, I really wanted to make coordinating bloomers to wear under it..I just enlarged your pattern a tad, and it worked perfectly! Again, thanks so much!
    Regards,
    K

  4. Michelle says

    Thanks for this pattern! Only problem I had was I used a pattern which needed to be the right way up on both sides. I fixed it by using both your pattern pieces as seperate pieces as seperates and sewing them together at the crotch. They came up fab!

  5. Tez says

    super sweet. I made the bloomers/panties to go with a little wrap dress I made, thanks so much for the pattern. :)

    Just a tip that I used to make the leg casing a wee bit more smooth, was to first fold and press an 1/8 hem and zig zag with a very tiny zag. Then I ran a long basting stitch around the leg hole, where I wanted the casing’s fold to be. I pulled lightly on the tails of the basting stitch (like one would to gather fabric) just enough to bend the edge inward for a pressing. Some spots, like inner leg, I gathered slightly more than the outer curves. Easy Peasey :)
    -+

  6. JAMIE LAWSON says

    Thank you, I will fess up, I just cut two backs on the fold and put a seam in the crotch and up the sides, :) I don’t have a 3month old to try them on. Hope they fit I’m laughing at myself it turned out so cute . I would love to have this for an older child, my granddaughter is 18 months old and I know she would be so cute in this dress. Thanks for getting back to me, now I have to make another set the correct way. Practice makes perfect. :)

  7. Teresa says

    I’m already receiving your e-mails and would love to have this pattern – I have a 2wk old great-great niece! Am so looking forward to sewing these for her. Thanks! and God Bless you for all your hard work and for sharing this gift God has given you!

  8. Diane Baxter-MacArthur says

    I would love to make the ruffled bloomers, but having trouble locating the pattern to print. These are so adorable. Thanks so much,

  9. Eileen Haas says

    Hi, I do subscribe to your emails, but am not able to get the patterns for the Criss-Cross Dress and the Ruffled Bloomers. Help, please! Thanks, Eileen

  10. Teresa says

    I subscribed, and can’t wait to get this pattern in my email…I have several friends expecting little girls! This is going to make very cute and very inexpensive gifts! (How long does it normally take to send the patterns?)

  11. Judy says

    Just made my first pair of what I suspect will be many for my new granddaughter. Super easy, super cute! Thanks!

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