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The Rules For Making Clothing For Kids

Megan Nielsen Patterns Blog // The Rules for Making Handmade Garments for Children

So you’ve decided to sew something for your little darling, what a great idea! If you are planning to make your children something handmade there are a few simple rules for making clothing for kids that you should follow. Do as I say not as I do ;)

The Rules for Making Clothing For Kids // Megan Nielsen Patterns Blog

One // Choose a sensible, low maintenance fabric that won’t require ironing and won’t show stains. Ie. Do not choose cream coloured linen. Stick to busy prints. Preferably brown.

Two // Do not choose an expensive fabric that might get destroyed or that you will cry over if your child does stain it with something. Again, avoid linen or anything by Liberty of London. (If you ignore this rule, please refer to our tips for sewing with Liberty of London Fabrics)

Three // If you plan on sharing your makes to your blog or social media – DO NOT under any circumstances let the child wear said garment until two seconds before photography is set to take place.

Four // Just to be safe, make sure that you take a flat lay photograph of your make (styled with cute props of course) before your adorable darling touches it. This is your insurance policy.

Five // Did I mention don’t let anyone wear it? If for some reason you’ve lost it and have actually let a child wear something you made them before taking a photograph, definitely DO NOT let them eat chocolate whilst wearing anything handmade.

Six // When you do get around to taking a photo of your make ensure that it isn’t obstructed by anything and that your child stands perfectly still like an obedient and very stylish mannequin.

Seven // If you fail at convincing the child to stand still, face the camera or smile appropriately, you may wish to bribe with chocolate. Don’t do it. Resist the temptation! See rules Two and Five.

Eight // Snap frantic continuous images with iPhone.

Nine // Drink coffee. Post flat lay images on Instagram. Eat the remaining chocolate. You’ve earnt it :)

Ten // Hug child (they’re cute and you love them) and start planning what you’re going to make them next.

These are the official rules for making clothing for kids.  The end.

Mini Darling Ranges dress in cream linen on the Megan Nielsen Patterns blog

This post brought to you by my darling Birdie – who I will continue to break all the rules for because she is so gosh darned cute ;) This is one of the earliest samples of Mini Darling Ranges from two years ago when she was four. She loved this dress so much that it was always either on her body covered in chocolate/mud or in the wash.

Birdie in the Mini Darling Ranges dressLet's have a laugh - these are the rules for sewing for kids! Megan Nielsen Blog

Make this look:
Pattern: Mini Darling Ranges dress
Fabric: Natural linen
Leggings: Mini Virginia Leggings
Shoes: Saltwater Sandals

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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3 years ago

Oh I love all your tips Meg! I’ll be sure to keep them in mind, especially number 3 haha!

3 years ago

Haha! I know ?these to be good rules to follow. Let’s just say experience is a wonderful teacher.

3 years ago

Stick to busy prints. Preferably brown.” Laughing hard at this, thank you. If only there were some children that actually liked brown…

1 month ago

Here’s a trick that works for kids up to age 5. Dress them up in the garment you want to photograph, then tell them you want a photo of their favorite toy. Talk about the toy and ask them to pose with it – they will be very cooperative and not make silly faces while you have time to get your photos.