This child fleece vest pattern is free and perfect for dressing up with and trick or treating on a cold night! Designed to coordinate with the Halloween hat packs 1, 2 and 3. This vest comes in sizes baby 3 months to child 12! Keep a look out for additional modifications that go along with this vest that coordinate with specific hat packs.
For this project you will need:
– 1 yard of fleece
– 1/2″ elastic for arms
– 1″ elastic for hem
– velcro for front closure (1 long piece that goes down the whole front or several smaller pieces, spaced out)
Download the Pattern Below:
Step 1 – Cut out pieces, begin to sew
Note: the white represents the right side of the fabric and the brown is the wrong side of the fabric.
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. A walking or even feed foot can be useful for sewing over bulky seams.
You will need to assemble the pattern. For instructions on how to assemble the pattern click here.
Cut out all the pieces of the vest. On folded fabric. Cut 2 front pieces, 1 back piece (on the fold) 2 collar pieces.
Sew front to back at shoulder seam, right sides together.
Step 2 – Finish Armholes.
Fold armscye to the wrong side by 3/4″. Sew with a 5/8″ seam to form a casing. Cut your elastic (length printed on pattern piece) and attach a safety pin to the end. Feed your elastic through the casing and tack the ends of the elastic down so it doesn’t slide out of the casing.
With right sides together, sew your side seams. Repeat steps 1-3 with the other front piece.
Step 3 – Form the Collar
Sew both collar pieces together, right sides facing, along the curved edge. Trim the seam allowance and turn right side out.
Step 4 – Attach the Collar
Sew the collar to the right side of the neckline, aligning the ends of the collar with the stars printed on the pattern pieces.
Step 5 – Fold back the front and turn
Fold the front edges to the right side by 1″. The stars will be 1/2″ away from the fold line. Sew the ends down as shown below. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
Step 6 – Waist Elastic Casing
Cut your 1″ elastic for the bottom hem (length printed on pattern piece). On the wrong side of the vest, pin the short ends 1″ away from the front edge, and the bottom edge of the elastic 1 1/4″ from the bottom edge. Tack down both short elastic ends with a line of stitching.
Fold the bottom edge up to the wrong side by 1 1/4″. Sew 1″ away from the fold line to form a casing. Make sure that you don’t catch the elastic while you stitch.
Step 7 – Front and Velcro Closure
Fold the front edge to the wrong side by 1″. Stitch in place. Cut a strip of velcro the length of the front edge (you can also use a few smaller pieces). Use a zigzag stitch to attach the velcro.