Tiny Harem Pants Sewing Pattern

tiny harem pants sewing pattern
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Um, so yeah. This could possibly be the cutest thing that has ever happened on The Alison Show. Or on the planet. Ever. I can’t even handle it. Or this!

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I decided Mr. Rad needed some tiny pants that ACTUALLY fit him. For some reason you can find newborn and 0-3 month onesies that fit a tiny man, but you cannot find pants that fit! Or at least I couldn’t. So I used some material I had on hand, drew myself a little pattern, and whipped these suckers up. They were so easy I thought I’d share the pattern with you!

The teal material is one I made a while ago. I printed that pattern on there using my Gocco screen printer. I had just a few scraps left, so this was a fun way to use it! The black onesie is one I dyed, I didn’t get the dye as even as I would have liked, but, meh, he still looks adorable in it!

Read on for the full tutorial!

AUGUST 2015 UPDATE: At this time this pattern has been downloaded almost 30,000 times!!! Isn’t that crazy?! I would LOVE to see your Tiny Harem Pants that you make! I party hard on Instagram, so if you take a picture will you please tag @thealisonshow #alisonstinyharempants haha and then I can come and give your creation some love! Thank you and happy sewing!!! 

This pattern is size 0-3 months, but you could easily size it up by comparing it to some leggings you have for your child, and adding the needed length or width. Just keep in mind that you add length with the waist and ankle bands as well. And you will want to make the ankle and waist bands bigger. Again, use your child’s clothes for a good size estimate.




1. Cut two pant pieces on the fold of some knit fabric. You could use an old skirt or t-shirt that has stretch. Read more about appropriate materials under the section that says, “Let’s talk about fabric” on my tiny t tutorial, found here.

For the waist and ankle bands you will need some ribbing. If your fabric is super stretchy, you could use the same fabric you’re using for your pants. But ribbing is especially stretchy. You find this at the fabric store, just ask one of the nice ladies. It’s not super cheap, but you only need to buy 1/8 yard and it will last you for a while! If you’re confused about what this is think of the bottom of a sweatshirt…that super stretchy fabric. That’s ribbing. As you can see I started the teal pants with some white knit fabric, but it wasn’t stretchy enough so I had to change to the gray ribbing. If your fabric isn’t REALLY stretchy the pants won’t go over your babe’s bum!

Knit fabric is always stretchier in one direction. When cutting the pant legs and the bands, make sure the stretchiest direction is placed so it will go the width of the body. So, in other words, make sure the fabric is stretchiest around the bum and the waist and the ankles. Catch my drift?

2. Place the two pant pieces RIGHT sides together and sew the two sides and the crotch. Turn the pants right side out.

3. For the waist band I cut a piece of ribbing 11″ (11 inches with the stretch) long and 4″ wide. Then you fold it in half.

For the ankle bands I cut two pieces that were 4×4 inches. Then you fold it them half.

That’s a picture of the waist band folded in half as you would place it on the pants.

4. Unfold the band and then fold it RIGHT sides together the other way, and sew a seam.

5. Now fold the band half (the same way you did the first time) and the seam you just sewed will be sandwiched in the band, and it should be a stretchy little circle.

6. Use pins to section off the top of the pants into 4 sections and the bottom (the side that DOES NOT have the fold) of the waistband into 4 sections. I like the use the seam on the waist band to indicate the back center. Slide the waistband on around the top of the pants and pin in place as shown.

7. Using a large zig-zag stitch sew the band to the pants. Make sure you are catching all three layers of fabric (the two on the waist band and the one of the pants). The band is shorter than the pants, so pull the waistband as you sew, stretching it to match the length of the top of the pants. Picture 7 is what the top will look like when you are done sewing.

8. Flip up the waist band. You’re done with that! Now repeat this process for the ankles.

If you are confused about how to attach the ribbing, my tiny t tutorial shows even more pictures of the same process, but I promise it will make sense as you do it!

I love how Rad looks like a little wrestler in them without his shirt on. I DIE.

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I can’t wait to see what you make! These would also whip up as great baby gifts. I have like 4 more pairs I want to make!

Happy crafting!!



P.S. Mr. Rad is now 2.5 years old and I’m pregnant with baby #3! HOLY MOLY! Want to see the baby announcement? I’m fairly sure you won’t be disappointed! Check it out here. 


  1. I LOVE these! We’re not finding out what we’re having, so it’s tricky to find sewing projects for this babe, but I think that these pants are just the thing to satisfy!! And they look simple enough that I could even make a few pairs of gender specific and then give away as gifts depending on if we have a little he or she. 🙂

    THanks for sharing Alison! This is happening for sure. 🙂

  2. Grace

    Well these are just adorable!

  3. Joanna

    New follower from England! These are PERFECT for my friend who is 7 months pregnant with a little boy. Sewing machine coming out right now! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern 🙂

  4. I love these, Alison! I love how his diaper fills them out on top. So. Cute. I totally need to make some for Paige!

  5. Hannah F

    Alison, so cute I really really heart these. Too bad my niece is now 13 months. Thanks for sharing all these cute pics of your new muse!

  6. You totally NAILED IT. Why is it so hard to find newborn pants? Cute newborn pants? Especially cute BOY newborn pants? I’ll definitely be making these for our new bambino…. thank you for the awesome tute, Alison! (And Baby Rad is so super-cute!!)

  7. Tabatha

    Oh that is so so cute!!!! I wanna make it but my last baby is 3yrs old now! Absoutley so cute and wonderful idea them pants!!!!

    1. thank you! I’m going to make some for my almost 3 year old so I’ll post the larger size soon! xo

  8. Stephanie

    LOVE THIS! I was always looking for something to make for my boys but could only find girl DIY clothing. This is perfect! Can’t wait to make some as gifts. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sew cute! and SOOOO easy!!! I whipped up my first pair this week, using an old knit top. I blogged about it here, if you’d like to have a look 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing xo

  10. Vicki Stoner

    Hi – thanks for the pattern. I just increased it to 160% for my 12 month old but I found that the inseam hitched up a lot.

    I am wondering if this is a side effect of me enlarging the pattern or whether it is a fit issue for a walking baby (compared to the typically lying, crawling, sitting baby)?

    Have you made these in larger sizes and if so did you experience any hitching up of the inseam? Does the inseam hitch on the 0 – 3 month size?


    1. Hey! I’m not totally sure what you mean by “hitch” but if you mean fit closer to the crotch, then yes, they do, mostly because of the diaper and its ratio to the tiny little newborn body! I haven’t made them in a larger size yet but I do plan on dropping the crotch! I don’t think just enlarging it would work just right. I’d say the best thing to do is to compare it to a pair of your child’s pants that fit now! then dropping the crotch from there

  11. Kat

    Trying these today for my 5 mos old grandson. I cut them a little bigger so I hope it works!

    1. oh fun! I hope so too!

  12. Absolutely in love with this pattern and can’t thank you enough, I’ve been making lots and lots for my own babe and friends

    Did you have success in making them for your 3yr old? Would love to see a larger size pattern too

    1. I haven’t made them yet! BUt I will keep you posted! Thanks!

  13. Joann

    G’day from Australia, just thought I’d take the time to thank you for sharing your cute little pattern free of charge …very nice of you, blessings! 🙂

  14. Dear Alison,
    I love this pattern and I have now made about a dozen of these pants for my little son, who is now 8 months old. As I have scaled and redrafted the pattern in 5 different sizes now, I have published a Tutorial for larger sizes (with sewing instructions in German for those who need a translation) on my blog. Of course I have given credit to you in both the article and the Tutorial. Hope this is fine ! Thanks a lot for sharing this cute and easy pattern!

    This is the link to my adaptation of the pattern. I normally sew them double-layered. http://wp.me/p1ClNY-1hZ


  15. Lovely Beadwork

    Thank you for the great pattern en tutorial! I have made 4 harem newborn pants. Its really nice to make.

    If you’re curious about the results, here is a picture: http://www.zwangerschapspagina.nl/attachments/de-babyuitzet/386598d1396359498-wie-heeft-veel-genaaid-voor-de-babyuitzet-img_2686_klein.jpg

  16. Meg

    I would love to download the pattern. But the file I requested is not available ;(

  17. mo


    i LOVE it, but the download does not work for me, can you pleeeeease repair it?

    thx so much, mo

    May 8, 2014   |   Reply
  18. Thank you for lovely pattern!!!
    I made 3 pants for my 5-months-old baby.

    May 9, 2014   |   Reply
  19. Thanks for the patterns. It could be great that everybody do it! Thanks!

  20. BBmom

    Just thought I’d let you know these make GREAT wool interlock longies (and shorties if you shorten them) due to all the bum room. Have loved this pattern both for interlock and even with regular wool.

    1. How fun!! thank you!

  21. Vy Lake

    So cute! I will try to re-create this. Where did you get that cute elephant crib sheet from? My nursery is safari theme and that would be perfect. If you can, please email me where I can purchase this!
    Thanks, Vy

  22. Jasmine

    Thanks for sharing these. My 7 year old son and I just made a pair for our soon to be nephew/cousin. So quick and easy. Great first project!

  23. melane

    As I’m 39 weeks and 5 days pregnant I may just be totally missing it, but is there a pattern for the waist and trim on the legs? Not sure what size to make them.

    Thank you!!

  24. melane

    I’m an idiot, just found it. Sorry!

  25. I feel silly for asking, but where can I find the ribbing?

    1. not silly! It’s in any fabric store, in fact I’d just ask the sales person! but it’s by the knit (stretchy) fabrics!

  26. Cat

    Hi Alison
    Thanks for this awesome pattern.
    Do you add extra seam allowance or is it included in your pattern?

    1. I include it in the pattern but these are SUPER small so you can always add a bit more around the sides! The length is prob fine though!

  27. Sarah

    Since there is no test square (that 1 inch or 1 cm square on many patterns that lets you know you printed at the correct size), I’m having trouble knowing if I’m printing it right. It looks extremely small, and there’s no way it would make “great longies” in wool, as one commenter helpfully said, at the size my printer is convinced is original size. Could you tell me how big the diamond image is supposed to be at the widest point? Then I’ll measure the diamond on my copy and see if it’s the same. Thank you!

    1. Debbie

      Sarah– I have the same question . Any answer?

    2. Gabi

      I have the same question. How long is the side seam (where it says “Place on fold”, then i can measure it and check that my printer printed it the correct size. Thanks so much for the pattern!!

  28. Peggy

    We are expecting our first grandson. It would b nice if you could include measurements.

  29. Pauline Williams

    Have the pattern for larger harem pants and have made 6 pair for my granddaughter who is now in a 2T.
    My problem is that I live in Cody, Wyoming and only fabric store is WalMart! Have been to three fabric stores in
    Billings, Mt. but no one, NO ONE CARRIES RIBBING ANY MORE???? Even went on line with no success either.
    Think I saw you live in Utah so have any information where I can get ribbing? Fortunately I have a drawer full
    of ribbing from years of sewing but need some other colors.

    1. Clara

      Pauline I had trouble with ribbing too but lots of stores (maybe WalMart too) sell tops made out of essentially the same stuff. I found a plain long sleeve top in a local op shop made out of very stretchy ribbed material – the sleeve material is plenty big enough for the legs and the waist bands can be made out of the body. Enough for 6 pairs of pants at least!

    2. plain old lycra should work–its even stretchier than ribbing

  30. alyssa

    Lovely patten. Is it OK if I make them at home and sell them to people? Not on a commercial level or anything. .. I have converted and made my own of bigger sizes.

    1. sure sure thanks for asking! xo

  31. Chloe

    Hi Alison! These are adorable
    Is the tutorial a video? May I please have the link?
    I tried making these but am struggling to sew the ribbing around the legs because it’s so small and the machine can’t get around them
    Any tips?

  32. I made these with scrap fabric and LOVE them….I had forgotten, though how tiny infant ankles are! Might it be possible to attach the cuffs to the pants before the U shaped seam?

  33. Mariana Viegas

    Hi Alison
    Thank you for the harem pants project. I made some really cute ones 😉 mariana

  34. sarrow

    So i have all the pieces except the waistband? Is it included in the pant pieces? or do we just make our own the 11inches long and 4 inches wide? We were given a piece of the ankles so im just a little confused. sorry if this is a silly question, this is only my second time ever using a pattern, i am new at sewing. Thank you!

    1. yes just the measurements! 11″ x 4″

  35. Catherine

    Thankyou Alison, I adjusted your great pattern ( by widening the harem bit to the width of knees and then tapered back to waist) to make pants for a hip displacer baby and they were greatly appreciated. 70cm made 3 pairs! Fantastic

    1. aw! that is so so so amazing! thank you so much for sharing!

    2. Debbie

      How much wider did you make them? Did you fit them for use with a Pavlik harness?

  36. Joyce

    I can’t add a picture but I made the harem pants for my daughter from pink velour and they turned out so … cute …
    Thanks!!! I’ll probably go and make a LOT more of these in all kinds of different fabrics and colours.

  37. Emma

    OMG I LOVE LOVE these pants. I’m just casually waiting for my little one to arrive (17 days to go!) and thought this would be an awesome project. The only jersey I had in the house was from an old sweatshirt – so I took your pants and made a little romper with them… check it out… https://instagram.com/p/6C8ggIBu3r/?taken-by=skylarking_

    1. OMG THIS is the best thing ever!!! HAHAHA that is SOO GOOD! I’ll have to make a romper! Genius! thanks for sharing! xo

  38. I don’t have tiny babies, but I’m going to make a trillion pairs of these because they are SO DARN CUTE! Thanks for sharing!! 😀

  39. mo

    i really, really love it, what a pitty my kids are already too big to allow me to sew for them 😀
    here 2 of my tiny harem pants: https://www.facebook.com/MosignNaeht/photos/ms.c.eJxFzskNADEMAsCOVgbHV~;~_NRRsr8XcECIgzDLSQKnB9aAAPaFwQ0XBL~_AM2TAUHxF4CspQrOYkezQuMvxJZA~;2DGx0THo0~-.bps.a.1062750917099158.1073741948.576675252373396/1062751277099122

    thanks so mich for this tutorial, greets from vienna, austria!

  40. Sarah Omeste

    Hi! I have been attempting to download the pattern and it doesn’t seem to be working for me. It’s asking for me to create an account etc. Is there any way you could just email me that pattern? I’m making them as a gift for a friend and I like your pattern best 🙂 Thank you,


  41. Merci pour toutes ces photos et explications.

  42. sarai

    Just made a pair for my baby girl, due in May! Might be part of her coming home outfit . . .we’ll see how big she is when she arrives!

  43. Haydee

    Hi Alison,
    Thanks for the pattern, Its so cute!! I tried this on my “life size doll” NB size. I cut the pattern larger around the waist by about 7-8 mm or 1/3 inch on the pattern piece and 1/4″ on the leg. I made this in standard 25% stretch Jersey, 100% cotton (a little stretch). It is close fitting on the waist of the doll. (no diaper). My guess is that your pattern prints small, or is not so suitable for standard jersey fabric. (There was NO scaling when I printed my pattern). Next time I would add 10 mm ( a little under 1/2″) from the waist to the leg for a roomy fit and drop the crotch by the same amount… or at the minimum increase the pattern size by 12%. The diamond image on your pattern – at the widest point measures 11.5mm or 7/16″ on my printout. Otherwise I am very pleased. Are you able to confirm the size of your diamond too confirm if your pattern prints to the correct size? thanks. This is almost a miniloon!! thanks again for the pattern!!

  44. Pia Marie

    Late to the game, but wanted to make sure I understood you clearly! The 11 inch length on the waistband is WITH the stretch, correct? So, stretch it out to 11 inches, and mark/ cut on that line?

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