Make Your Baby’s First Wardrobe with 23 Great Free Baby Patterns

23 great free baby patterns. You can sew your baby's entire wardrobe from this roundup of FREE patterns over at BWD Fabrics.

When you’re looking for a great way to give baby a fresh wardrobe that no other little one on your street will have, sewing that wardrobe with great custom fabrics can be a lot of fun. Any of these patterns would make great baby shower gifts as well. Even though there are many great baby patterns for sale out there by both established paper pattern companies and by independent PDF pattern companies, there are just as many free baby patterns available if you just know where to look. Some patterns are available for free in limited sizes, some aren’t so great. I’m posting a list of the better free baby patterns that I’ve found out there (and noting if the pattern is available in limited sizes) to help you have more time for sewing. I’ve broken the patterns down into general categories so that it’s easy to find just what you’re looking for.

Gowns

Gowns are easy dressing solutions for newborns.  You don’t have to worry about anything rubbing against or irritating the baby’s umbilical cord before it falls off, and gowns make for super-easy diaper changes.

Seams and Scissors Newborn Baby Onesie Sewing Tutorial

Don’t let the name of the tutorial fool you. The designer here focuses on the baby gown. She uses a front button placket rather than envelope shoulders to make it easier to pull the gown down over baby’s body in case of a blowout.

Online Sewing Class

Newborn baby gowns

One Piece Stretchy Sleepers

Baby is going to need something to sleep in. One piece sleepers are great as are sleep sacks. Here are some great free sleeper patterns to sew up for your little love.

Touching Little Lives Newborn Sleeper

This pattern will fit babies up to 8 pounds. It’s a great pattern for smaller newborns and larger preemies. It’s a quick and easy pattern to stitch up.

Newborn sleeper

Fishsticks Designs The Sweet Baby Sleep Bag

Sleep bags are so much better for babies than are blankets. They’re a great way to keep baby warm while without dangerous loose blankets. This free baby sleep bag pattern won’t disappoint.

Sweet Baby Sleep Bag

Romper Shirts

Shirts are a necessity for baby – and are great as are the shirts that snap below the diaper. Not only do these one-piece shirts stay tucked in, but they also keep baby from removing his or her diaper by accident (or on purpose). Here are some great free baby shirts you can choose from for your little one’s wardrobe.

Make Sew Baby Baby Kimono Onesie

The baby kimono is a really handy type of garment. Not only is this style cute, but it is meant to be as irritation-free as possible when it comes to baby’s skin. It’s also really easy to get on and off baby.

Kimono onesie

Sew Mama Sew The Shirt Onesie

This tutorial will show you how you can up-cycle a men’s or women’s button-down shirt to create a shirt for your little one. Add buttons, lace, applique, or other details to create a great custom look.

Shirt Onesie

Shwin and Shwin How to Make a Raglan Onesie Free PDF Pattern

This fun knit shirt style is a staple of baby wardrobes. Make it with fun knits like the ones you’ll find here at BWD Fabrics or use a vinyl cutting machine to create your own iron-on details.

Raglan onesie

Pants

There are a lot of great free baby pants and free baby leggings sewing patterns out there. Here are some of them for you to look at, download, and make using your favorite fabrics.

Baste and Gather’s Baby Got Back Leggings for Cloth Diapered Babies 

Not only are these darling, but they offer extra coverage for cloth diapered bums.

Baby got back leggings

Whimsy Couture’s Free PDF Sewing Pattern for Baby Knit Pants

These are harem-style pants, giving baby a lot of room for diaper and moving about.

Baby harem pants

Sew Much Ado Footed Baby Pants Free PDF Pattern

This is the classic footie pants pattern. These are great for winter babies!

Footed baby pants

The Sewing Rabbit Drop Bottom Baby Pants

These are adorable. They play on that classic drop-bottom style of pants. This free drop bottom pants pattern will take you from 0-3 months all the way through 2T.

Drop bottom pants

Skirts

Skirts are a fun way to make any outfit more feminine for your little lady. Here are some great free skirt patterns that will help to dress up any outfit you might come up with. Pair them with leggings or tights in the fall and winter for a fun layered look.

Crazy Little Projects 3 Layer Baby Ruffle Skirt

This super cute and frilly skirt is the perfect addition to any little lady’s wardrobe. Play with different colors or patterns of fabric to create a fun skirt that will go with a variety of tops.

Three-tiered ruffle skirt

Made by Me & Shared with You Piped Pocket Infant Skirt Pattern and Tutorial

This really cute skirt uses piping, buttons, and trim to turn a classic line into a great gift.

Piped pocket skirt

Sofilantjes Patterns Liv Skirt

This cute free knit skirt pattern has a personality of its own. All you need is fabric since it has a yoga-style waistband.

Liv Skirt

Dresses

Dresses are great on little girls. Not only do they make diaper changes a breeze, but they’re oh so cute! Find some of the Internet’s best free baby dress patterns here.

This Mama Makes Stuff Newborn Wrap Dress

Wrap dresses are easy dresses for mamas as well as babies. Simply wrap the straps around and baby is good to go!

Newborn wrap dress

Smashed Peas and Carrots Little Girl’s Crossover Pinafore Pattern

This quick and classic pattern is for ages 6-12 months. It’s a very detailed tutorial, and it makes making this free dress for your baby super easy!

Little crossover dress

Find Daily Joy Onesie Dress Tutorial

Let someone else do part of the work. This little onesie dress is made from a store-bought bodysuit and fabric of your choice. It is super-easy to make and customize.

Onesie dress

Craftiness is Not Optional Vintage Heirloom Dress

I love the scalloped collar on this dress. So much fun! This dress is such a sweet addition to a little girl’s wardrobe. I think vintage style dresses on little ones are my absolute favorite.

Vintage heirloom dress

Sweet Emmelie Summer Time Fun Dress

Don’t let the title fool you! This dress can be great in a fall fabric with tights and a cardigan or a spring fabric with light layers. Any way you style it, it’s really cute.

Summertime fun dress

Flosstyle Bubble Gum Dress Pattern

This cute dress has a shirred bodice. Don’t let shirring scare you. There are many great tutorials out there, and it’s such a classic spring and summer look!

Bubble gum dress

Hats

The head is the place where we lose the most heat. A good sewn hat can help keep baby warm, particularly when it is cold out. Here are some fun hat patterns to dress up (and protect) your little one’s head.

Make Sew Baby Make Your Own Infant Cap

Have fun with all kinds of different colors and print patterns. It’s a super-easy pattern and project, and you’ll probably find yourself making one for every outfit.

Baby cap

Mummykins and Me Knotted Headband PDF Sewing Pattern 

When it’s too warm out for a hat, this headband adds a nice touch to your baby’s outfit. It sews up super quick, so you can whip up several of these to match any of your little lady’s outfits in an afternoon.

Knotted headband

Outerwear

Baby’s going to want something warm for protection from the elements. Coats, sweaters, and other outwerwear elements will help keep baby warm in inclement weather. These free baby outerwear patterns are fun and easy to make.

Delia Creates Baby Dress Coat

This adorable peacoat is an up-cycle from a sweater. You can make it from an old sweater you have hanging around or a sweater you find at a thrift store. If you wish, you can make it from a small amount of fabric.

Baby dress coat

Little Kiwi’s Closet Woolen Vest PDF Pattern and Tute

This vest is so cute, and it’s easy to make. The hood keep’s baby’s head and body warm while you’re out and about – perfect for blustery fall or spring days.

Woolen vest

Have you used any of these free baby patterns? Do you have another one that’s your favorite? Please share your experiences in our comments section so that we can check them out!  Don’t forget to pin this post to Pinterest, so you can save these ideas for later too.

Ronda Bowen
I have been working as a full-time freelance writer and editor since 2008 when I decided that while I rather enjoyed philosophy, the Ph.D. program I was in was not a good fit for my life goals. Since then, I have published many papers and articles, started two blogs, worked as a senior editor for a magazine, served on the board of a start-up non-profit organization, and walked across fire.

I strongly believe that it is important to work to make the world a better place – one project at a time. I’ve worked with Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program to construct living quarters for those in need, written content for Stonewall Alliance, and edited the newsletter for my local natural foods cooperative. One of the blogs I founded, Activism My Way is dedicated to helping people get involved with causes they feel passionate about.

Although my academic background is in philosophy and social and political theory, my heart has always been in writing fiction and poetry. I have a novel in progress, and I am working on putting together a collection of short stories to share with readers. I also worked as part of a creative team on a project with a hip hop artist that involved world-building and creating an amazing back story to a concept album. I have worked with several authors to edit their novels (as well as dissertations, children’s books, journal articles, and non-fiction projects).

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I enjoy photography, and my subjects these days are usually my children as well as food, beverages, craft projects, and other such things for my blog, Wining Wife™. My favorite subjects are landscapes, nature (particularly clouds, flowers, and trees), and architecture. I'm in the process of launching a handmade business, Ronda B. Handmade, which can be found at http://rondabhandmade.com.
  • Dana

    Hi Ronda,

    I’m Dana, the editor for Seams and Scissors, and I just wanted to thank you for the feature! So excited to be included among all these other great patterns 🙂