Sewing Tutorial for the Duckie Skirt Free Pattern

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Sewing Tutorial for the Duckie Skirt

There are numerous ways to use the Duckie Skirt pattern, here you can see two cute and easy options.

1/ Little Duck appliqué: simple easy appliqué with ric-rac braid border.

2/ Button Flower embroidery: so easy to make, all you need are some colourful, small buttons and two ric-rac braids to make a border.

You can add your own ideas to this basic pattern style to make a special skirt for a little girl. Sizes from 6 months to 8 years. Check the size charts for your child’s correct size. Pattern comes in sizes 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8.

Fabric length is based on a cloth width of 112cm or 45 inches. The elastic lengths for all sizes are listed on the pattern.

Skirt Size Chart in Centimeters

1sCheck that you have all the pieces for the applique.

Cut out the skirt back and front pieces. Gather together all the parts required; see below for applique parts. Ric Rac braid, elastic for the waist and matching all purpose sewing thread for fabric, braid and applique.

Make the Duckie Applique

Fabric for the appliqué: you need an 18 x 13cm or 6”x 5” piece of bright yellow cotton homespun or drill and a tiny scrap of orange for the beak; adhesive appliqué backing like Vliesofix to fit the yellow fabric; a small length of bright ribbon for the bow and a small goggle eye or black button for the eye. Matching thread for stitching applique.

1/ Fuse the adhesive backing to the back of the yellow fabric and the beak scrap, place this between some tissue paper to protect your iron from the sticky adhesive.

2/ Cut out the duck template and trace it onto the paper backing. Note: the appliqué will be the reverse way round when you apply it to the skirt.side x side3/ Peel the paper backing off the duck shape. Position the ric-rac and the shapes onto the front skirt remembering to allow for the hem turning. The duck looks best placed off center.side by side 14/ Use a pin to hold in place till you are ready to fuse. Fuse the main duck shape first and then the beak. Use paper to protect the iron.side by side 25/ Set the stitch on your machine; you can use a small width zigzag or a satin stitch or your machine might have more options. I used a zigzag stitch set at a small stitch width and short length so the stitches are not too wide and very closely spaced but the effect is not as heavy as satin stitch. The stitching should stay within the edge of the appliqué piece so you get a smooth outline. Use matching thread. For a neat finish pull the threads through to the underside and tie off.                                                                           6/ Tie a small ribbon bow and hand stitch to the neck, stick or stitch the eye in place. Finished!2s

Sew the Skirt Together

1/ Sew one side seam together, overlock and press. Pin the ric-rac braid in place just below the duck and sew it on with a large zigzag stitch using matching thread.3sNo Overlocker? Just use the zig-zag stitch on your plain machine to finish the seam edges. 2/ Overlock the hem edge and press the 12mm / ½” hem allowance under. Press the top edge under, double fold in 1cm / 3/8” then 2.5cm / 1” to form the elastic casing channel, do not stitch down at this stage.4s3/ Sew the remaining side seam from top edge to hem edge, overlock and press.             4/ Re-press the hem and casing turnings where needed. Top stitch the hem and the edge of the turned in casing leaving a small gap to insert the elastic near one side seam.                                                                                                                                                               5/ Cut the elastic to the right length for your size; lengths are marked on the pattern. Use a large safety pin to insert the elastic, sew the ends together securely and stitch the gap closed.  Finished!5s








 Finished!  One cute and easy little skirt.



Sewing Tutorial for the Button Flower Embroidery

For the Button Flower you need some small buttons in colors suitable for a flower and leaves. I used 16 buttons in the flower plus the center large button and 6 buttons for the leaves. I had some butterfly shaped buttons which I added. If you are making a very small size, use smaller buttons, my sample is a size 4.

My skirt is in pin-wale corduroy which is ideal for the button embroidery. You will need a medium weight fabric like drill or denim preferably.

Two rows of bright ric-rac braid in different widths and colors. See the fabric chart at the top of this tutorial for the length required for each row. The flower stem is also in ric-rac so add a few inches to the length for this.

 OPTION: If you do not want to do the button flower, an easier option is to simply sew several colorful rows of braid around the skirt. You can do from 3 to 6 rows using different colors, sizes and types of braid to get a very striking effect.

6b1/ Prepare the skirt; cut out the skirt front and back. Sew one side seam, overlock and press. Overlock the hem edge and press the hem allowance under. Press the double turned top edge casing allowance under but do not stitch anything down at this stage.


2/ Lay the skirt out flat and position the rows of ric-rac braid in place above the hem. Cut a length of ric-rac for the stem about 12cm / 4.3/4” long. The flower looks best when placed in the center of the skirt front, so pin the stem in place so that the bottom edge is covered by the top ric-rac row. You will need to adjust the stem length a little for larger and small sizes.1b3/ Stitch the rows of braid and the stem in place with a zigzag stitch using matching thread for each colour.2b4/ Lay out the flower buttons; you can see from the photo how I did mine. You will need to use flat 2 or 4 hole buttons.3bOnce I had the layout right I used craft glue to stick the buttons in place. This makes the stitching process so much easier but you must take care to use only a small amount of glue on each button and to not spot the fabric with glue. Put it aside for an hour or two for the glue to dry. If you don’t have glue use a chalk pencil to mark the center of each button.4b5/ Gather up some matching thread, a needle and clippers, make a cup of coffee, put on your favorite music and sit down and sew each button on.3b6/ All you need to do now is finish stitching the skirt. Sew the remaining side seam, stitch the hem and casing, insert the elastic and it’s Finished! For sewing details to finish the skirt see the above tutorial for the Duckie Skirt.Duckie Skirt PDF Pattern croppedscroll






Sewing Tutorial for the Play Pants free pattern with bonus Christmas tree applique.

Get your FREE PATTERN and see how to make these cute and easy kids pants plus XmasTree applique.

Get your FREE PATTERN and see how to  make these cute and easy kids pants. Go to the Shop and look in the ‘Free Patterns’ shop section — Play Pants Free Pattern or click here Free Pattern — just add the pattern to the cart and ‘buy’ it for free. Then view the sewing tutorial here to see how to sew the pants.                                                                      

When you get your free pattern please leave a Comment in the box at the end of the sewing tutorial.Free Pattern blog post Felicity Sewing Patterns Play Pants kids sewing patternThe Play Pants pattern is a basic pant pattern with a patch pocket in sizes to fit kids from 1 to 10 years old. The pattern includes a simple easy to make Christmas tree appliqué to use on a T shirt or skirt. The pattern is suitable for boys and girls and is ideal for pyjama pants. The basic pattern can be altered to have a cuff or ruffle on the hem. The length can also be adjusted to shorts or 3/4 length pants. This is a very easy pattern, great for beginners.

The T shirt pattern is not included as a free pattern but can be purchased from Felicity Sewing Patterns website shop at the discounted price of US $4.00.

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FABRIC: This depends on the finished use of the pants; pyjamas require soft, lightweight cottons or minimal stretch knits e.g. lawn, poplin, flannel or interlock. For day wear any light to medium weight wovens or knits e.g. homespun, drill, pin-wale corduroy and fleecy. Check the fabric chart for the amount of fabric and elastic required. The fabric lengths are based on 112cm/45″ standard fabric width. Lengths are given for the main with contrast option as shown in the tutorial and also for the basic unaltered pant in one fabric only. The elastic is 22 – 25mm or 3/4″ – 1″ wide x the length given on the chart. Matching sewing thread. You can add extra trims e.g. lace, braid or piping.

SIZING: Patterns sizes = 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 to fit kids 1 to 10 years approx. Check the size chart to select the best size for your child based on their height and waist measurements. The leg length can be easily adjusted if necessary.charts-1

PREPARE THE PATTERN                                                            

1/ Print out the pattern pages and glue them together – see the Printing Instructions and Guide to Assembling the Pattern Pages included with the pattern file.1Trace out a paper pattern for the size you want following the colour code. You can do this by tracing with a tracing wheel onto plain paper or using see-through baking paper and trace with a pencil. I think it’s easier to use a tracing wheel so invest in one of these. Tracing the pattern out means you can keep the master pattern intact for future use. Please note that all cutting out instructions, seam and hem allowances and grain lines are marked on the pattern.3  It’s very important to get the grain straight when cutting long pants; the best way to get the perfect straight grain is to fold the pattern in half placing the hem edge perfectly square and equal and then press a cease in along the full length of the leg to get the grain line then mark with a pen and ruler.4Rule a line for the hem turnings and the waist turning these are both 4cm/11/2” wide. Don’t forget the pocket pattern.2Now the basic pattern is ready to use.


I decided to add a contrast cuff to my basic pants so here’s how to alter the pattern: decide on the width you want; for my size two I used 8cm /3 1/4 inch, this would be a good width for all sizes. Measure up from the hem turning or finished length of the pant and rule a line then add a 1cm/3/8” hem allowance, fold the unwanted part of the pattern under and pin to hold. Do this on back and front. Place the side seams together, overlapping 2cm/¾” and measure the total circumference/length of the hem, 38cm for size 2. Make a pattern for the cuff 38cm x 9cm [the finished cuff width + seam], fold double and cut out. The total pattern dimensions for a size 2 would be 38cm x 18cm. Label “Cut 2”.524NOTE: If you would like a ruffled hem follow the instructions as for the cuff but use a single width not double [e.g 38cm x 10cm] and add extra length for gathering — about half to two thirds — so total pattern dimension of approx 57cm x 10cm for a size 2. Label “Cut 2”.  OK! this is what you should end up with ———6

CUTTING OUT                                                                

I am using the contrast print for the cuffs and pockets. The size 2 just fits nicely into the folded fabric width. If you are using a one-way-up print the patterns must be cut the same way up. The fronts and backs have to be cut paired or mirrored. Refer to the original pattern printout for cutting instructions, grain lines and seam allowance details marked on the pattern.7


Make the pockets: overlock around the edges. Fold the pocket hem to the outside and sew down at the sides. Turn to the inside, press the seam allowance under all around and sew the pocket hem down. All seam allowances are 1cm/3/8″.9Make the Pants: sew the side seams together, overlock and press. Press the waist casing under so you can see how wide the waist band will be.10Place the pockets on the front at least 6 cm below the finished top edge at the side seam position and about 1cm in from the side seam, pin and sew in place. The pocket position will vary with the size so just make sure it looks balanced.11Sew the centre front and centre back seams, overlock and press. Sew the inside leg seams together matching at the crotch seam, overlock and press.12Pockets stitched on and seams all sewn together.13Attach the cuffs: press each cuff in half lengthways, then check that the cuff and leg measure exactly the same and make any necessary adjustments. Sew the cuff seam and press open.14Fold the cuff in half again and pin to the right side of the leg with the cuff seam at the inside leg seam. Sew in place, overlock and press. On the outside sew a row of topstitching along the seam to hold the seam flat on the underside.15Make the waist casing: The total width of the casing allowance is 4cm/11/2”. For a neat finish press the edge of the casing under 1cm/3/8” and turn casing under along the finished edge line [you pressed this under earlier]. Sew the casing down and sew a row of stitching along the top edge to give a neater finish after the elastic is inserted.

Use a seam ripper to open the centre back seam into the casing and insert the elastic here. Securely stitch the elastic ends and distribute the fullness evenly around the waist. To stop the elastic rolling stitch across the casing through the elastic at the centre front seam.16FINISHED!17

Christmas Tree Applique Sewing Tutorial

Here is a simple easy appliqué that can be used on a T shirt front or on a skirt. I am making a T shirt top to go with my Play Pants so I will apply the appliqué directly to the front of the shirt before I stitch it together. However if you want to add the appliqué to an existing shirt you can construct it onto a square of fabric making it easier to simply sew the square to the front of the shirt. The appliqué comes in two sizes and the template is included in the Play Pants pattern file.

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Fabric scraps, iron-on appliqué backing, sewing thread plus you can add extra trimmings e.g. beads, buttons or glitter. Pinking shears if you already have them are best for cutting out the shapes but not essential. I am going to machine stitch my appliqué but if you are an experienced crafter you might prefer to hand sew everything.

Print out the templates and carefully cut them out, use them to cut out pieces of fabric slightly larger than the shape of the template.18Next cut a piece of iron-on backing for each shape and iron this onto the back of the fabric shapes; make sure to use a light pressing cloth or some tissue paper to protect the iron and ironing board. Now each shape will have a paper surface on the back. Use the templates and draw the shapes onto the paper backing, cut them out carefully with sharp scissors or pinking shears. If you are hand sewing it’s best to cut with plain scissors.19Carefully peel the paper backing off and layout the design overlapping each piece a small amount [about 6mm/¼”]; line everything up as though you are following a centre line so you have tree trunk, bottom layer, middle layer, top layer and star. It’s best to do this on the ironing board so there’s no need to move once it’s set in place. When you are happy with the way it looks press it on firmly.2021Now sew around all the edges; use a plain stitch if the edges are pinked or a zigzag if they are plain. To keep it neat stitch each section separately changing thread colour if necessary. Pull the thread ends through to the underside and tie off.2223Makes a cute set of Christmas night pyjamas.Free Pattern blog post Felicity Sewing Patterns Play Pants kids sewing patternscroll









Pretty Baby Romper pattern adjustments for long leg version.

If you already own the Pretty Baby Romper pattern you can use this supplementary pattern tutorial to learn how to make a long leg version of the romper.

If you already own the Pretty Baby Romper pattern you can use this supplementary pattern tutorial to learn how to make a long leg version of the romper. If you would like to purchase the pattern just click here to go to the SHOP LISTING.

This supplementary tutorial shows how to add length to the original romper pattern to make an ankle length version. The long version will not include an open crotch seam as on the short romper. You will need to determine how much to add for the finished length required. It is usually easiest to get a centre back length by measuring from the bump at the base of the neck to the floor; this is called the cervical height. The top edge of the romper should sit about 5-6cm below this point on the child’s back although this may vary with the sizes. Do some simple calculations to determine how much length to add to the pattern. Decide if you want a plain cuff or elastic cuff with ruffle edge and add the required turning allowance to the new length.

Use the size charts provided in the pattern file to determine the best size for your child.

Photo is size 00 for 6 months old.

Pretty Baby Romper listing

Pretty Baby long leg romper 3

Charts for fabric and approximate amount to add to existing pattern. Please check your  specific measurement requirements.

Charts for long leg-2

Adjusting the pattern:

Trace out the single size pattern onto paper with enough length to add the extension.


On my 6 month old size 00 I want a total finished length of 50cm with an elastic cuff. I have calculated that I must add about 15cm plus an additional 3cm for the hem casing, total = 18cm.

Measure down and rule a line at the new finished edge and rule the side and inside leg lines straight down to connect to the new length line.



I have used a red pen to show the next step; my hem allowance is 3cm so I’ve ruled a line at this level in red. Now I want to narrow down the width of the cuff so I have ruled a new side line from about hip level to end a little less than 3cm in from the original line. Do the same thing on the inside leg.


I have now reduced the cuff width by a total of about 6cm. To avoid getting a sharp angle when the hem turning is folded under I have shaped both lines in slightly so I can straighten out the hem area – see the red stroked lines. Take care to not get a bump on the side seam, keep the line smooth.


Cut out the new pattern. First cut along the bottom edge then turn the hem allowance under and cut along the inside leg and side seam lines and finish cutting the pattern out.


To mark the straight grain line fold the pattern along the length squaring the bottom edge and side edges then rule a line along the crease.



The pattern is ready to use.


To make the romper follow the sewing tutorial in the pattern file exactly as for the original short version but without the open crotch.

Pattern cut out and ready to sew. The neck tie pattern remains unchanged and is cut from a contrast fabric or alternately a ribbon can be used.


Size 00 / 6 month finished with plain cuff

Pretty Baby long leg romper 2

Long and short versions with elastic cuffs

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