denvergrandprixIt’s fun to make clothes for your kids and put your design in what they will wear. Apart from saving money, you will feel closer to your child because you know how their size and know how much they are growing everyday. It’s also fun to recreate them as some of their favorite cartoon characters or comic book characters. You can also ask them what they want their racing jackets to be and have quality time bonding with them and thinking of different ideas for their jackets. Although kids are small, it’s still a bit tricky to make clothes for them especially personalized racing jackets. If you’re a first time sewer, you might need these tips to be successful.

Keep measurements handy.

Make a record of your child’s measurement so you can use them for later. You will be able to take advantage of any patterns that you keep, and it will help save you a lot of time. You can download free children measurement cars from the internet for your reference. However, you shouldn’t forget to update them every once in a while.

Fabric selection

This is very important especially when you are making clothes for children. Aside from finding fabric that children will like (find a color that kids love, just to be safe), you also need to consider some other factors. The first one to make sure of is that the fabric can be washed. Kids are very messy, and you need a garment that can easily be thrown in the washing machine for cleaning. If the fabric isn’t washing machine ready, it’s not what you should go for.

Wrinkles in the fabric are another factor that you should look out for. Even adults can’t keep their clothes from being wrinkled after a long day outside; imagine what children can do to their clothes. Choose fabric that is not so easily wrinkled like linen.

If you are sewing sleepwear and are using synthetic fabric, make sure it’s been approved for use in children’s sleepwear. If it hasn’t, it should say, “Not intended for sleepwear” on the edge of the bolt.

Comfort is the most important deciding factor when it comes to fabric for children’s clothes. If you want to test a fabric’s itchiness, you can rub it in the inside of your wrist and wait for any reactions. Most good quality knitted fabric, as well as cotton, should pass this test. Lastly, if you will be working with a thick material, you will need a quality sewing machine. There are cheap sewing machines in the market but they may not be the best for heavy materials.

Pattern selection

You should check for patterns that allow kids to move freely and to put on the clothes on their own. If you want to save money and choose a pattern that the child can use for a longer period, go for knitted fabric or ones that are less fitted.

Closure choices

Closures are important especially if you are making clothes for babies or toddlers. Buttons are known for being choking hazards even if you think you’ve done a good job sewing them. Buttons are known to become lose overtime. If you want a tip for what closure to use, snaps are pretty popular for babies and toddlers.