How to sew baby harem pants
Welcome a newborn into the world with this free baby harem pants pattern and tutorial, designed by Jessica Entwistle and sewn in super-soft flannel or knit fabrics.
Learn how to make baby harem pants with our easy step by step tutorial. If you fancy making a matching pair for yourself then use our free harem pants pattern.
You will need
- Main knit fabric: 40x60cm (16x24in), cut with the stretch on the short side
- Contrast knit fabric 25x45cm (10x18in), cut with the stretch on the long side
- Matching sewing thread
- Erasable fabric pen
- Basic sewing kit
Fabrics from Field Day by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud9 Fabrics, available from Hantex stockists here in the UK. Main fabric: Nesting. Ref: C9FD102801. Contrast fabric: Light Sprout, Citron. Ref: C9FD102902.
- To make this project, you will need our Free baby harem pants sewing pattern – this PDF set of free sewing patterns was originally created for issue 39 of Simply Sewing magazine.
- Use a 1cm (3⁄8in) seam allowance.
Step by step: how to sew baby harem pants
Download our Baby Harem Pants Sewing Pattern and print, then cut out the pattern.
From the main fabric, cut two pieces using the template for the front and back of the baby harem pants.
From the contrast fabric cut:
- Waistband: 12x42cm (4¾x16½in) (cut with the stretch on the long side).
- Leg cuffs: two pieces 12x18cm (4¾x71⁄8in) (cut with the stretch on the long side).
Stitching the main body
Place the front and back of the harem pants right side (RS) facing and pin together down both outside legs and all around the inside leg.
Sew together along the outside legs and inside curved leg.
Turn RS out and press. You won’t need to clip any curves as the knit fabric will stretch around the seam.
Baby harem pants waistband and cuffs
Take one of the leg cuffs and fold it in half lengthways RS facing. Pin then sew the two short ends together to create a fabric loop.
Finger press the seam open.
Fold the loop in half wrong sides (WS) together with seams matching to create
a double loop that is now 6cm (23⁄8in) deep.
Repeat this for the other leg cuff and the waistband.
Attaching the cuffs
Place one of the cuffs over the bottom of one leg, so that the raw edges of the cuff line up with the raw edges of the harem pants. Make sure the cuff seam is laying against the inside leg seam.
Pin together all the way around. You will need to stretch the cuff slightly to match the width of the pants leg.
Sew together then remove the pins and tuck the seam under.
Repeat this step for the other leg and cuff piece.
Attaching the waistband
Attach the waistband in the same way as the cuffs, but mark the quarter points on both the waistband and pants top edges to make them easier to pin. The waistband seam needs to be positioned in the centre of the back of the pants.
Pin together all the way around, matching these quarter points and stretching the waistband to fit as you go.
Stitch together as for the cuffs.
And you're complete!
Your baby harem pants are finished and ready for some very fashionable little ones. Share your pics with us on Instagram and make sure you show all your friends how to make their own baby harem pants.
Looking for more baby sewing projects to make? Try this adorable baby romper sewing pattern, which includes a matching hat.
Rebecca is founder of Amber Makes and has previously worked as Senior Technical Editor of Love Embroidery and Simply Sewing magazines. She works with sewing TV channels including Sewing Street, Yarn Lane and Sewing Quarter. She been stitching since she was a child and has worked on many craft magazines as well as running her own curtain-making business. She is known by her colleagues as a sewing oracle – you name it, she can sew it. She’s hugely knowledgeable about sewing techniques, fabrics and tools and is full of helpful advice for her fellow sewists, from the best place to buy curtain-making materials to which books and websites are handy for that sewing problem you’re stuck on.