Sew a very cozy fleece vest for your toddler or preschooler, with this free pattern.
1When sewing with fleece, a ball point needle is recommended.
2When pinning pattern pieces, the stretch should run horizontally.
3The pattern prints on 4 pages. Do not scale; margins are included.
|Vest Pattern size 2-3T|
|Vest Pattern size 4-5T|
Prep for Sewing
1Print the 4 page pattern. Cut the pieces out. Adhere pieces A & B by matching up the star. Adhere pieces C & D by matching up the hexagon.
2We will be cutting the same pieces from both fabrics, for a total of 3 sets of pieces: a left side, a right side, and a back. Layer the fabrics together, with both fabrics face-up.
3Make sure the stretch goes horizontally, then pin the side piece to the fabric and cut out.
4Now flip over the side piece to the reverse. Pin it to your fabric and cut out. This will become the other side of the vest.
5Fold the layered fabrics in half. Place the back piece along the fold. Pin and cut out.
Sewing Outer & Inner Vests
6We will be sewing the outer vest and the inner vest separately at first. Layer the outer fabric pieces right-sides together and pin at the shoulders. Repeat with the inner fabric pieces.
7Sew at the shoulders with a ¼ inch seam.
8Now align the edges and sides of the inner vest piece and pin. Sew along the sides with a ¼ inch seam. Do not sew the armholes. Repeat with the outer vest.
Combining Outer & Inner Vests
9Now we can combine the outer and inner vests. Turn the outer vest so that it is right side out. In other words, the seams should not be showing.
10Turn the inner vest inside out, so the seams are showing. Place the inner vest on top of the outer vest, lining up the side seams. Pin together. Pin around the neck as well. (Do not pin the armholes.)
11Sew the vests together along the sides, neck, and bottom. Do not sew the armholes.
12Turn the vest right side out through an armhole.
13You can’t really iron fleece, so instead, roll the seams between your fingers to give them a crisp edge.
14Next, fold in the raw edge of the armholes about ½ an inch, aligning the two fabrics. Pin.
15Slide the armhole of the vest onto the arm of your sewing machine. Topstitch close to the edge of the fabric, with a ⅛ in. seam.
16Now we’ll make the Velcro closure. Cut pieces of sew-on Velcro into squares. Pin three Velcro pieces along the edge of the vest front. Stitch around the edge of the Velcro to secure.
17Lightly lay the coordinating Velcro pieces on top of the sewn Velcro. Close the vest, then pick up the loose Velcro while opening the vest. Pin.
18Sew the Velcro to secure.
19Topstitch all the way around the vest, about ⅛ inch away from the edge, to add definition and detail.
20If you’d like to add even more detail, you can quilt rows of straight lines horizontally across the vest. It’s purely decorative, but it looks pretty cute.
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- Jessica Donlin
- Jessica Donlin
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