Bunny Ruffle Capris

I’m still working to fulfill my goal of making more outfits than Baby C will be able to wear this summer, haha. My latest effort from the baby-sewing dept, Bunny Capris:

I know they practically look like shorts here but try and remember that C is a cloth diaper baby.  The fabric is Riley Bunnies by Anna Griffin (and hey look it’s ON SALE at Fabricworm right now…full disclosure: FW was one of my STW sponsors but I do not receive any sort of compensation for mentioning the shop, just trying to provide you with a place to get it).

The pattern is my Big Butt Baby Pants pattern (not yet published, that’s just another picture) for cloth diaper babes which I chopped off to make capris.  Oh so clever.  Those of you who have been begging me since forever to make it available will be happy to know that these capris put it one step closer to publication.  Still, tweaking that panel on the back so it’s just right is proving to be a bit of a challenge.  When the panel gets wider, the legs have to get narrower, blah blah.  These are size 12-18 months so they’re a little big on C, who will be a year old end of July.

Since the top I made these to go with had a nice demure ruffle over the sleeve, I decided to add them to the bottom of the leg…and then, well, I went a little crazy:

The result is a little over-the-top, even for me, but it’s cute and hilarious so we’re keeping it.  I’m still waiting to see how these wash up; knit ruffles definitely shrink up when they are washed so I’ll keep you posted.

48 thoughts on “Bunny Ruffle Capris

  1. Love that ruffled big bum :D. Not often does a girl get to sport ruffles on her backside and actually pull it off … Miss C is doing is splendidly :D.

  2. So cute! And it is tough making pants (or buying them) to fit all the way over the big diaper bum! Can't wait for your pattern!

  3. they are adorable! And props to your for using cloth diapers! I think my husband would have a heart attack if I told him I was using those! I remember doing it for my siblings though….so not fun!

    P.S. my baby boy is gonna be one end of July also the 21st to be exact. Do we have twin bday babies?

  4. Just the cutest! Both baby and babys ruffled butt! All my kids were cloth diapered and had the 'big baby butt' going on. And way back when my daughter sported her ruffles, they were called rumba pants. I like the big butt ruffles title better!!! Love them, good job!!

  5. This is why we used to call my baby sister Ruffle Butt on Sunday mornings- Mom would put those frilly little panties on over her tights, to be fancy for church :) (Gosh, siblings can be rude!) Love it!

  6. Love the bum!!!
    And I have a question–what does her being a cloth diaper baby have to do with the size/fit of the capris? I've only experienced disposable diaper babies so I have no idea what you meant there….

  7. Cloth diapers are a bit bulkier than disposables, so if you're sewing for a cloth diapered baby, you need to make more room in the back end and the seams in the crotch have to be adjusted accordingly.

    With that said, these would also make cute and functional capris for little boys, minus the ruffles of course!

  8. Adorable!

    My very least favorite part about ready made baby clothes is that they are all cut for disposable diapers! :(

  9. That is pretty funny. I have the same issue with clothies…big bum, frustating getting pants to fit. I have found that Oliver + S Sandbox pants are PERFECT! And you can easily make them shorts! Hooray!

  10. How adorable! Now my daughter wants ruffled bunny pants too…allow I may need to adjust the pattern since she is out of diapers ;) Great job and I can't wait to see the pattern!

  11. Ok, those are just adorable! Too bad my girl is too old (3) for bum ruffles. I don't think my husband would be too pleased if I put them on the baby boy.

  12. At what age does a big ruffly butt stop being attractive? I ask because my baby always gets compliments on her meaty thighs, but I don't remember anybody complimented me on mine recently … This is sad, as I believe that the world would be a better place if big ruffly butts and meaty thighs were found worthy of compliments all ages. Don’t you think?

  13. Those are so stinkin' cute. The ruffled bum kills me! my mom gave me some old patterns that belonged to her mother, and I'm hoping to use those to help with making more cloth-diaper-friendly pants. Well, I'm assuming patterns from the 40s would be for CD babies anyway…

  14. Love them. I just made shorts last week for my little one… also a cloth diaper wearer – they turned out a bit too snug, might have to up the size. These are way cute.

  15. So excited for these pants!! My daughter is a cloth diaper baby too and I hate trying to squeeze her fluffy butt into regular pants!

  16. I don't know how these could be any cuter. They're already practically making me cry with their utter "adorableness" and cheeky ruffles.

    Great work (and that baby C is one absolute beauty, that's for sure!)

  17. the cutest pants EVER!! they're so so great, gotta love the bunnies. I definitely need to make a few for my youngest, all the stuff I have for her falls right off she's so skinny! kids – i tell ya!

  18. Rae- Please get that pattern out, and pretty please make it a free pattern.(I know I'm asking a lot). All my daughters pants are too tight since they are hand me downs from her siblings that I used disposables with. First I saved up for the cost of cloth diapers and now I can't afford bigger butt pants. I've love to sew some though. Please help!

  19. Your fabric choices are always fabulous! That ruffled rear end is both cute and hilarious. A keeper for sure. And it will cushion her when she falls down, so practical too :).

  20. My girl will be a year in early August, hurry up and finish that pattern please so I can sew some for my fluffy butt girl! I can't buy any store pants for the poor thing! In the summer I like her in thin cotton pants because it protects her new walking legs from scratches etc! THose are SOOO cute in that pic. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  21. Oh man that ruffle on the bum is way too precious!! I do declare that I need some of that fabric, thanks for sharing the link.

  22. oh my gosh. not over the top at all. Just amazingly cute. the bum ruffles?? oh MAN. LOVE. And I'm so glad you saved them for last and didn't give them away in the first pic. Well done miss Rae!

  23. i personally love the zillion ruffles :) i'm girly like that.

    almost makes me wish the bean were still little enough to rock those.

  24. I can't wait for the pattern since my little girl is a cloth diaper wearer and must have her little legs covered since she's a bit of a scratcher.

  25. Please,please, please publish the pattern soon!My grand-daughter has to wear trousers that are a size too big to fit over the cloth diaper. Can't wait to make her some that will fit!

  26. Oh I can't wait for that pattern! My little one is 5 weeks old and his little pants, oh dear! That little ruffled bum is too cute!

  27. I love that fabric! I made my daughter a bubble skirt out of it, and we get compliments on it all the time. Love the ruffle butt!

  28. I LOVE This!!! I used cloth diapers for both of my children and was always very frusterated that I had to keep numerous sizes of pants around for their big diaper butts! :)

    Love the site, my neighbor Bev told me about you and I can't wait to do some of your adorable patterns.

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