Fanfare for Baby!





Fanfare for Baby Hugo!


Pants: Big Butt Baby Pants in Fanfare flannel + yellow Shot Cotton. Perfect for his cute little cloth diaper bum.

Crib Sheet: made using Dana’s Crib Sheet Tutorial (I had to modify the dimensions a bit because the flannel shrinks down to about 41″ wide)

Changing Pad Cover: this is a FREE printable tutorial that I put together last summer, available from the Cloud9 website!

Nursery Prints: by Ingela Arrhenius; I found them here. Wall color is Sherwin Williams Waterfall.

Fun news: Fanfare is being REPRINTED in MORE COLORS and will be available later this summer! You can sneak a peek here, and I’ll post pics of my new samples soon!!!

More pics of the baby. I can’t resist.



Fanfare for Baby Hugo!


[adrotate group=”3″]

Bringing back big butt baby pants

I’ve been putting together a (rather long) list of things I want to sew for the baby for quite a while; it’s mostly little boy baby clothes, burp clothes, bibs, crib sheets, that sort of thing, things to fill in the gaps and freshen up the baby wardrobe that is currently aging in plastic tubs in my basement. Let’s be realistic, it’s been nearly five years since I had my last baby, and seven since I had a baby boy. So that means not only has half of the stuff already been spit up on twice and covered with stains, the other half is either covered in pink ruffles or out of style. Wah wah.


BUT! That means I get to go bonkers and sew all kinds of new baby stuff, right? RIGHT. Starting with Big Butt Baby Pants. So far, three pairs made for my baby and one for a friend’s baby (had to include those here too since they were made with Fanfare!!!):








I remember writing a slightly nostalgic post a few years ago called “Goodbye Big Butt” about the fact that Clementine was potty trained and no longer had a need for the B3P’s since they have extra room built in for diapers and they look the cutest with a nice big squishy diaper underneath. Now I get to bring ’em back. Hurrah!!!

By the way, my “Baby-To-Sew-List” Pinterest board has a few of things I am planning to sew for this baby, if you’re interested in taking a look.

[adrotate group=”3″]

Baby Boy Quilt + Pants

I’ve had no less than nine friends and family members give birth to boys in the past year. NINE. Can’t think of a single baby girl though…why is that?? What is up with the baby boys?? I would be lying if I said I was able to make handmade gifts for all of them, but I did manage to finish and gift this little boy quilt last week:

Happy Drawing

Happy Drawing

Happy DrawingHappy Drawing
This ladder quilt was inspired by this quilt on the Cloud 9 blog, which in turn was inspired by this post by Lu Summers. There’s a tutorial for Michelle’s version on the Cloud 9 post, mine is a bit simpler but if there’s enough interest I could probably post some instructions for this version as well. I used my “cheater bindof method” for this quilt, super easy and — extra added bonus! — because I quilted all the way to the edge of the blue backing with white thread, it created a cool stitching pattern along the side bindings.

Happy Drawing

Baby quilts are so fun and quick to make. I like that it’s rectangular so that it could be potentially used as real bedding once little Baby M is old enough in addition to the usual nursery decor or play-blanket functions.

Oh and of course I had to make a cute little pair of Big Butt Baby Pants too!!! Love the little frogs on this print. That Ed Emberley is a genius.


{Fabric in this post: Happy Drawing by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9, stripes are Hello Pilgrim by Lizzy House, blue and white Moda Bella solids for quilt backing and sashing}

Goodbye Big Butt



Clementine decided to potty train herself right as we were moving last month, I kid you not she started asking to use the potty a week before we moved. Now she’s going through a (normal) reversion stage that is making me crazy. It’s like having a new puppy except there’s no new puppy, you get me? Just the puppy shoes, har har:


In addition to that, she’s going through a (normal) whiny/clingy phase that always seems to accompany birthdays and other big transitions. Let’s see: moving to a new house, turning two, potty training, starting preschool (she’s in a “twos” class so I guess it’s probably closer to daycare than school but we call it preschool)? Yup, I think that qualifies as Major Transition. So it’s hard, but it’s good, you know? Growing up and change, the inevitable story of life.


Still, I was a wee bit sad when I realized that this is probably the last pair of Big Butt Baby Pants I’ll ever make for her. Her tiny little underpants-clad butt just doesn’t fill these out like it used to. The rulers are still one of my favorite prints (Cosmo Cricket, you might recognize it from this Charlie Tunic) and cute for going back to school. Anyway, she’ll still wear them, but it’s time to pull out a new pants pattern for this big big girl!


Big Butt Baby Pant outtake

Remember this picture?

The other day as I was thumbing through my photos trying to find something, I stumbled across another picture from that photo shoot:

It just cracks me up every time. That tortured look. Just can’t stand that grass. Worse, it’s not the first time her evil mother has done this to her:

from this tutorial

Anyway, thought you might get a kick out of that. Or maybe this will be the beginning of the child-advocacy group hatemail.

Pimp those baby pants!

Sorry if that is just too inappropriate. I just get so tired of the word “embellish” sometimes. Plus it’s totally cracking me up this morning to see the word “pimp” and “baby in the same post title. MORE COFFEE RAE!!!

So today I promised to show you how to add pockets and binding to the newborn baby pants (free pattern found here). I’ve been getting lots of requests for a post on how I make my pockets ever since they debuted on the Big Butt Baby Pants (see this picture).  I really like this method because you a) start with one piece of fabric per pocket, b) don’t have to press and fold teeny little edges and c) it’s completely lined.  Oh and did I mention that it’s also the EASIEST. POCKET. EVAR. ???

For the newborn pants shown above you’ll need to cut two rectangles of fabric 4″x7″ each.  For the Big Butt Baby Pants I use that size for the newborn size only. I usually cut 4.5″x8″ for the medium sizes (3-12 months) and 5″x9″ for the larger sizes (18-24 months/2T).  And good grief you can use these pockets for just about anything just by cutting an appropriately-sized rectangle: the length should be roughly twice as long as the width for pockets that are square or nearly square, just remember that you will lose 1/2″ on the width and length for seams.

Fold your pocket in half lengthwise:

Stitch with a 1/4″ seam around the sides that don’t have folds, leaving a 2″ gap for turning.

Clip the corners of the pocket:

Turn right side out and use a pencil or turning tool to poke out the corners.

Press the pocket flat.

Place the pocket roughly in the center of the pant leg and pin in place.  It’s easiest to do this before you sew any of the pant pieces together.  When I’m making Big Butt Baby pants, I usually slide the pocket slightly toward the front side of the pant (see this picture).

It’s important to make sure that the hole is not at the top of the pocket (see red pen sticking out?).  Since you’ll be sewing three sides of the pocket to the pants, you want to make sure the hole is on one of those three sides.  I prefer to have it on the bottom so that the folded edge of the pocket is on top.  Personally I think that looks neater.

Sew around the pocket on the sides and bottom, backstitching a few times at the beginning and end to make sure it stays put.

Repeat for the other pocket. Ta-da! Pockets finished.

Now let’s look at how to add a contrast binding to the cuff.

I cut two rectangles of fabric 3″ wide and twice as long as the finished cuff is wide plus one inch (only one is shown above).  When you fold it in half, the folded piece should be 1/2″ wider than the finished cuff.

Next press the strip in half lengthwise, fold the raw edges into the center crease, and fold/press in half once more.

Starting just before the inner leg seam, pin the binding strip so that one half is inside the pant leg and one half is outside, keeping front and back of the binding as even with each other as possible. The edge of the pant should be all the way down in the binding crease.

When you get back to where you started, fold under the raw edge and pin as shown:

Using a zigzag stitch, sew around the edge of the binding.  The wider your zigzag, the more likely you are to catch both front and back in your stitching.  Repeat for the other leg.

Wocka-wocka, those are some fine lookin’ pants!

I really need to start a miscellaneous photo pool for random Made By Rae stuff, since I’m already getting emails from you guys with newborn pants you’ve made that are so fantastic they need to be shared. Plus there’s felt letters, spring ruffle tops, etc.  Will work on that and get back to you!

Big Butt Baby Pant Trickiness

I have been so thrilled by the response to the Big Butt Baby Pants Sewing Pattern.  Overwhelmed really.  It’s hard to explain to people who aren’t a part of the online sewing scene how supported I feel by everyone who reads my blog, sends me an encouraging email, or buys a pattern. So I just need to share that here and say thanks. And then on top of that you guys post your pictures which is just so much fun for me to see. It just blows me away.  I mean, how awesome are these?

Row 1: 1. Linen big butt baby pants, 2. kcwc 2, 3. Liberty for Target Big Butt Baby Pants, 4. Big Butt Baby Pants,
Row 2: 5. Deer Butt, 6. KCWC: B3P pants close-up, 7. Big Butt Baby Pants Back view, 8. big butt baby pants and kimono set,
Row 3: 9. babypants4, 10. Her ginormo-booty makes me laugh, 11. open open open, 12. big butt baby pants,
Row 4: 13. 031, 14. big butt baby pants by Made by Rae, 15. Baby pants, 16. Rae’s Big Butt Baby Pants 12m – 2T

As more and more of you have made these, I’ve gotten a few (very sweet) emails asking how to get that crotch to be less wonky.  For those of you who have made these pants, you probably know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t made them, there’s sometimes a bit of puckering at the bottom of the rear panel. It really doesn’t show up once the pants are on the baby, but it’s still a little annoying.  Here’s a picture of a pair I posted earlier this year that illustrates what I’m talking about:
 see it there, that little pucker at the crotch?
As I worked on samples for the pattern, I found I was able to solve this problem just by stretching the fabrics out a little while sewing the leg seams (as explained in the pattern), but that doesn’t always seem to work for everyone.  So I wanted to put together a quick post to show you a method that might help avoid that crotch wonkiness altogether. You’ll need to own the Big Butt Baby Pants Pattern for this to make any sense, so open up your PDF, grab your pattern, or buy one here!

This fix involves a slight change in how you sew the rear seams, which is the very first part of the sewing instructions. Turn to page 3 to where it says:

Sew Rear Seams

In step 1 of the pattern there is a diagram which shows you how to line up your panels by overlapping the dots. Go ahead and line up your panels just like that.
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO CHANGE: There’s also an arrow in that same diagram pointing to the very edge of the center of the rear panel (right where it lines up with a corner of the main panel) that says “Start Sewing Here” and we’re NOT going to do that. So just ignore that pesky little arrow.
Instead, skip the first 1/2″ from the edge (shown in red in the new diagram below) and start stitching at the black dot (see below), sewing up toward the waistband as shown by the black dashed arrow in the diagram below and rotating the rear panel as indicated in the pattern.  Repeat for the other rear seam.
Leaving that 1/2″ unsewn at the bottom of the rear seams is going to give the rear edge alot more flexibility when it comes time to sew the leg seam.  Here’s how the bottom of the rear panel will look (more or less) once you’ve sewn and topstitched both rear seams:
The rear seams shown from the right side (above) and wrong side (below)
I got a little too close to the edge on the right seam in the picture above; I probably should have started a little further up, but whatevs.
Now you can continue sewing the front seam and leg seam as instructed. You should find that you have enough flexibility to be able to sew the leg seam without puckering. Note that the edges might not line up as smoothly in shape this way as the corners stick out a little more.  It’s still very important to center the front seam on the center of the rear panel so that everything lines up properly, and it never hurts to pin excessively:
One more thing: make sure that as you sew the leg seam that you “catch” all the ends of those rear seams. Since they now begin 1/2″ away from the edge and the leg seam allowance is 1/2″, this shouldn’t be difficult, but if you don’t you’ll get little holes at the ends of the seams.  Here’s what it should look like when the leg seam is finished:
You can see that I didn’t catch the top stitching on the left rear seam, but that’s OK since I got the seam itself.

If you find that sewing the rear seams like this makes the front of the pants longer than the back or vice versa (causing there to be a little extra on one side at the cuff), just trim it off so that it’s even.  Occasionally when the top fabric stretches more than the fabric on the bottom, I end up with a little extra, and that’s what I do. Campy? Yes. But that’s how I roll, people.

I do want to say though that this usually only happens when my rear seam allowances are a little off.  In this case the legs did come out the right length (yay!):

at this point you would finish the pants up as instructed in the pattern
the finished product (these were also blogged here)
I really hope this helps some of you create a better-looking pair of baby pants. Feel free to leave a comment on this post if you have other helpful hints or information others would find useful.
And as always, please add your pictures to the Big Butt Baby Pants Flickr Pool so we can all enjoy your cute creations!

Chambray Baby Pants for Baby C

So today is officially Day One of Meg’s Kid’s Clothes Week Challenge, and I’ve been watching that flickr pool like a hawk.  Love the stuff there already (esp. these Oliver+S sailor pants!) and can’t wait to add my own stuff.  I don’t think this pair of chambray pants qualifies since I made them last week, so let’s just call it inspiration, shall we?

These are made of cotton chambray (a fabric that looks like denim but feels more lightweight) from my recently released Big Butt Baby Pants pattern.  I was needing a more basic pant to coordinate with other stuff in her wardrobe and this fabric seemed perfect, since it’s a lighter weight than the jeans Elliot handed down to her.Speaking of the Pierrot Dress…  Can you believe this Pierrot Dress (now a top) still fits her?  I think I made it when she was 7 months old.  If I ever get around to publishing that pattern I’m going to make it a one-size-fits-most-6 months – 2T.  Seriously. I made up a quick pocket pattern to spruce these up and it looks nice — adds enough interest without making the pants too busy. It’s always tempting for me to make every piece of clothing a showy piece, but if I always do that nothing ends up going together, so this is a nice compromise.  I took some pictures so when I finally get around to some of the pocket tutorials for the Big Butts that I’ve promised, these will definitely get included. Otherwise if you’re making a four-piece pant (the B3P’s are a two piece pant), you can try MADE’s Flat Front Pants Pocket tutorial; I just love this style.To see everyone else’s pictures of the Big Butt Baby Pants, you can go to the flickr group by clicking below:

And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten my promise to give away these three Bonsai Bags this week — I’m still working out a few details of the giveaway but stay posted!!

I did not make this sweater or top, just the pants
I did make this top…only it used to be a dress
from our recent vacation to the Pacific Northwest, taken at Myrnie’s neighborhood beach park
(shown here with a different pair of jeans)

Big Butt Baby Pants Sewing Pattern!


buy now2
The Big Butt Baby Pants Sewing Pattern is a digital PDF sewing pattern for baby girls or boys.  The pants feature a rear panel that adds plenty of room for diapered babies.  They are designed to fit over cloth diapers but work great over disposable diapers too. The options are endless; you can add ruffles, pockets, fold-over cuffs or shorten them into bloomers, capris or shorts.  Instructions include directions for ruffled rear panel and fold-over cuff. With so many possibilities for variation, this is the only baby pants pattern you will ever need!


0-3 months / 3-6 months / 6-12 months / 12-18 months / 18-24 months / 2T

Detailed step-by-step instructions for basic pant
Additional instructions for fold-over cuff and ruffled rear panel
Full color diagrams and photos illustrating each step
Complete set of full-sized pattern pieces in six sizes (attach together before cutting)
Suggestions on how to get the right fit for babies of all sizes/diaper types
Hints on how to adjust the pants as your baby grows

basic pant
with fold-over cuff (shown folded at top of page)
perfect for boys!
 with ruffled rear panel

Please note: You can make shorts by cutting the leg portion of the pant roughly halfway between the cuff and crotch and hemming them to the desired length.  See how to make the pockets in this post. Instructions for shorts/pockets are not included in PDF.


  • 3/4 yard woven fabric such as quilting cotton, linen, flannel, corduroy, lawn, twill (2/3 yard needed for 6-12 months, 1/2 yard needed for 0-3 and 3-6 month sizes)
  • 1/2″ elastic for waistband
  • marking pen
  • safety pin or bodkin for threading elastic
  • (Optional) 1/4 yard of contrasting fabric for rear panel and cuff

Remember to prewash your fabric!

buy now2



Big Butt Baby Pants were also featured on the following posts:
Hope you don’t mind if I babble
Coming Soon
Best in Show
Bunny Ruffle Capris
Gifts for Little Boys
Big Butt Baby Pants Trickiness (A post on how to fix puckering on the pants)

And see what others have made in the Big Butt Baby Pants Flickr Pool (submit your pictures here!)


A huge thank you to all of my pattern testers (Karen, Beth, Carolina, Selina, Cerise, Becky and Summer) for helping me try these out and for your fantastic suggestions.

ERRATA: Big Butt Baby Pants Trickinesss  (check out this post to see how to fix puckering at the bottom of the rear panel)
TAKE A LOOK:  Big Butt Baby Pants Flickr Pool (submit your pictures here!)