Book Review—Making Baby Clothes

Want the fun of making clothes for your little one, but feel you don’t have the time to sew? Designer Rob Merrett’s Making Baby Clothes may be the solution you are looking for. This book features 25 delightful projects ranging from shirts and trousers to skirts and dresses, as well as rompers and other items.

Every item is designed to be simple and quick to sew. The instructions are detailed and there is information on various sewing techniques if you need extra help. Each project includes a full-sized pull-out pattern.  You don’t need to go through the hassle of pulling out the graph paper and enlarging the patterns; they are ready to use.

The cute pair of overalls on the front cover can be made with a variety of cottons. Seersucker or a lightweight denim are always good choices.


When planning any sewing project, don’t forget the notions.  Baby clothes may require items such as elastic, but generally don’t require many  notions.  You will need  thread; an all purpose thread, such as Coats & Clark will work well.   Good quality scissors are must for any sewing project; an old, dull pair of scissors will chew your fabric and rapidly take the fun out of sewing.  If you are not ready to invest in a pair of top-quality dressmaker’s shears, chose a a good quality pair of scissors.

Coats & Clark Dual Duty (all-purpose) thread.