{tran sews} Baby Kimono – Fat Quarter Project

After I found out I was pregnant, I immediately began thinking of all the baby things that I could sew/make. Stash-busting at its finest, I would think! It also helped that Spoonflower had an awesome BOGO fat quarter sale a couple months later (sometime in November), and some great ideas on things to make using just one fat quarter, including this Baby Kimono. I made a bunch of mix-matched kimonos – each fat quarter could fit one kimono.

BABY KIMONOS!

BABY KIMONOS!

The first two kimonos took a little trial and error. Originally, I didn’t want to leave the edges raw. So I used french seams all around before top-stitching them down. This was good practice for me, since I’ve never sewn with french seams before, and also a lesson in how to sew with french seams, especially around corners. But, the first kimono had some weirdness going on around the armpits. I also didn’t know what seam allowance to use, since it’s not specified on the original post, so I used a total of 1/2″ seam allowance, like so: 1/4″ with wrong sides together, trimmed down to 1/8″, right sides together and press, then another 1/4″ seam. Press to the side and topstitch down. This one took MUCH longer to sew up than I was expecting, so I changed my attack on the second one.

Octopus attack!

Octopus attack!

The second one I just used a 1/4″ seam allowance all around, and 1/2″ allowance on the hems (sleeves and bottom). I didn’t bother finishing the edges, but top-stitched the sleeves and the sides down to prevent unraveling. This one was much faster to sew up, so I used this method for the other two.

Hope this helps baby want to eat her veggies!

Hope this helps baby want to eat her veggies!

Last thing was to attach the velcro so that the kimonos would stay closed. I debated using fabric ties instead of velcro, but that just seemed like a lot more work. Adorable, right? I couldn’t believe how small these were when I finished the first one. Are newborns really that tiny????

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