Sprout patterns baby clothes // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower print // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Baby Clothes with Sprout Patterns and Brindelle & Twig

Pretty much everyone I know is having babies right now. While I am one giant question mark on the to baby or not to baby issue, one thing I do know is that making clothes for these plump nuggets is pretty fun, especially when you can have a field day customizing them with fun prints.

I’ve heard a lot about Spoonflower and their sister company Sprout Patterns, where they print indie patterns directly on the fabric along with the print of your choice; it eliminates the step of printing and cutting out your paper pattern first. I wanted to make some gifts for a few of the new humans in my life, and decided this would be the speediest way to do it. I did not realize at the time I would lose a whole weekend to obsessively looking for prints on Spoonflower, however.

Sprout patterns baby clothes // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower print // Closet Case PatternsSprout Patterns Baby Harem Romper // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower fabric // Closet Case PatternsSprout patterns baby clothes // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower print // Closet Case Patterns

For Charlie, my friend Karen’s daughter, I was looking for fun prints that didn’t scream “little girl”, and finally settled on this banana and llama print for her Summer Romper and Baby Harem Romper (both from Brindelle & Twig, designer of the best baby and toddler patterns going).

I’m especially smitten with the romper – I think the contrasting “hand painted” stripe is a nice detail.

Sprout Patterns Summer Romper // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower fabric // Closet Case PatternsSprout Patterns Summer Romper // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower fabric // Closet Case PatternsSprout Patterns Summer Romper // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower fabric // Closet Case Patterns

I liked the idea of coordinating the two pieces, so went with the same scheme (including striped cuffs) for her banana romper. Both patterns use snap closures so they’re easy to get on and off for diaper changes. I used my snap press from Gold Star Tools to install them.

Sprout Patterns Baby Harem Romper // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower fabric // Closet Case Patterns

My friend Miriam’s son Julian is almost one now, so I wanted to make him some cute summer weight pajamas. I love the Steve Zisou vibe of the sea animal print I chose for him, with the contrasting yellow cuff.

Sprout Patterns Baby Harem Romper // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower fabric // Closet Case Patterns

While these were the easiest things ever to sew up (I loved cutting out the pieces directly from the the fabric) I did find applying the patterns to be a little troublesome. You can’t individually adjust for each individual piece, so it would be a challenge to print match if you needed to. I also found that the prints faded slightly after washing, but I don’t know if this par for the course with organic cotton knit fabric since I’ve never sewn with it before. It’s made up for by the fact that they are suppppper soft and cozy, perfect next to dewy soft baby skin.

While it’s a little on the spendy side (all three projects cost around $100) it is a fast and fun solution for making handmade gifts if you don’t mind losing a few hours finding prints; Spoonflower can be pretty overwhelming in that department.

Have you used Sprout Patterns before? What’s your go-to handmade baby gift?

  • Alli

    I thiiiiink the fading is from the dyes used in the print-on-demand process, and not really due to the fabric being organic cotton knit. To be fair, I last purchased from Spoonflower years ago (I stopped because the prints faded terribly), so perhaps they’ve improved their dyes. I have heard that their prints fade a lot less on the manmade substrates (er, polyester and that kind of stuff). :}

    • That was what I thought but I wasn’t sure. I also feel like baby clothes get all nubby and faded in general but I guess they get washed A LOT because babies are poop machines.

      • DIY Wardrobe

        I bought some gorgeous bicycle-print organic cotton jersey last year for that faded when I pre-washed it. I made it up anyway (into PJs, a T-shirt, and a coat lining) and in its defence, it’s washed beautifully since then with no further shrinkage or fading. Loving the llama print btw.

  • Super ca-ute!!

    • Thanks darlin’! They were much appreciated by the mums.

  • Oh my gosh, those prints are UH-mazing!! I have a ridiculous stash of adorable boy kid prints that I’m sure my kids are going to be too old for by the time I get around to sewing them all – but they’re just too hard to resist! My go-to baby shower gift is definitely the Lotta Jansdotter baby snuggler. I’ve made loads of them and used them for both my kids as babies. They’re ridiculously practical and super cute in fun prints. I increased the length of the pattern to make them last longer coz the original size only fits till about 4.5kg (?10 pounds). Here’s an olllldddd blog post of mine with the deets… http://www.sewoutnumbered.com/sewing-baby-newborn-snuggler-bag/

  • Cool stuff! Those prints be damn cute!!! So sad that ordering to my corner of the world costs a fortune.
    I avoid sewing baby clothes, which seems to be the trend here in Estonia – all that knows how to power on a sewing machine makes them for sale.
    People have asked me, but clearly my prices ain’t that baby friendly.

    On the baby or not to baby, real life joke – my mom calls me

    Mom: how you doin baby?
    Me: At the moment not so good, feeling kinda ill. I think my blood sugar is low today.
    Mom: maybe you pregnant? ! Go pee on a stick!
    Me: …

    Another day, another phone call
    Me: I think I got the stomach bug that’s been going around
    Mom: I think you pregnant!
    Me: Sure, bc when you pregnant you pee trough your butt hole
    Mom: it might happen

    My mom be crazy about me getting pregnant.