Crafting Cute Bummies for Your Little Ones

Crafting Cute Bummies for Your Little Ones

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Supplies Needed
  3. Printing and Cutting the Pattern
  4. Choosing the Fabric
  5. Sewing the Front and Back Pieces
  6. Attaching the Cuffs
  7. Sewing the Waistband
  8. Sewing the Leg Openings
  9. Adjusting the Fit
  10. Finishing Touches
  11. Conclusion


Welcome to today's video tutorial where I, Nida, will be sharing my first-time experience of sewing bummies. I am super excited and can't wait to show you how to sew these adorable shorts. If you watched my last video, you might remember that I did a fabric haul and got some new bullet fabric. Well, today, I'll be using that fabric to make bummies that I will be adding to my Etsy shop. So, join me in my fabric room as I cut, prepare the pattern, and sew these cute bummies.

Supplies Needed

Before we begin, let's gather all the supplies we'll need for this project. Here's a list of items you'll need:

  1. Printed bummies pattern
  2. Fabric (knit fabric or bullet fabric)
  3. Fabric weights or pins
  4. Sewing machine or serger
  5. Thread in matching color
  6. Scissors or rotary cutter
  7. Measuring tape
  8. Fabric marker or chalk
  9. Iron
  10. Elastic for the waistband

Make sure you have all these supplies ready before we move forward.

Printing and Cutting the Pattern

To get started, we need to print and cut the bummies pattern. Don't worry; I have the pattern file linked in the description below for your convenience. Once you have the pattern printed, double check if the test square matches the size mentioned on the pattern. This ensures that you have printed the pattern correctly.

Next, using scissors or a rotary cutter, carefully cut out the pattern pieces following the designated lines. Take your time to ensure accurate cutting as it will affect the final fit of the bummies. After cutting, set aside the pattern pieces for later use.

Choosing the Fabric

For these bummies, I'll be using the bullet fabric that I showcased in my previous fabric haul video. Bullet fabric is one of my top sellers for bell bottoms, and I believe it will be equally popular for bummies. You can also use knit fabric with a four-way or two-way stretch, but make sure to choose a fabric with good stretch and recovery. Pay attention to the print direction and make sure it matches your desired style.

Sewing the Front and Back Pieces

Now that we have our fabric ready, let's start sewing the front and back pieces of the bummies. Begin by folding the fabric in half and placing the pattern piece on the fold as indicated on the pattern. Use fabric weights or pins to secure the pattern in place. Take note of the stretch direction on your fabric and align it with the stretch direction indicated on the pattern. Once everything is in position, carefully cut out the fabric pieces, making sure to pay attention to the notches and markings.

With the fabric pieces ready, it's time to sew the front and back pieces together. Place the front and back fabric pieces right sides together, aligning the side seams. Use pins or clips to hold the fabric in place before sewing. If you're using a sewing machine, set it to a zigzag stitch or use a serger for a cleaner finish.

Starting from the top, sew down the side seams, making sure to leave the leg openings and the top part unsewn. This will be where the elastic will be inserted later. Once sewn, press the seams open with an iron for a professional look.

Attaching the Cuffs

To give our bummies a finished look, we'll be attaching cuffs to the leg openings. Take the cuff pieces and fold them in half so that the raw edges are aligned. Sew along the side, opposite to the fold, to create a loop for the cuff. Repeat this for both cuffs.

Now, take one cuff and match the raw edges with the raw edges of the leg opening. Pin or clip the cuff in place, making sure the stretch direction aligns with the stretch indicated on the pattern. Sew the cuff onto the leg opening, stretching the fabric slightly as you sew. This will ensure a snug fit around the leg. Repeat the same process for the second cuff.

Sewing the Waistband

Once the cuffs are attached, it's time to sew the waistband. Take the waistband piece and fold it in half lengthwise, with the right sides together. Sew along the open side to create a loop. Flip the waistband right side out and press it flat with an iron.

Next, divide the waistband and the top of the bummies into four equal sections. Mark these points with pins or fabric markers. Align the seams of the waistband with the side seams of the bummies and pin or clip them together. Match the remaining marked points on the waistband with the front, back, and sides of the bummies.

Now, sew the waistband to the top of the bummies, making sure to stretch the waistband slightly as you sew. This will help the waistband fit snugly and prevent it from sagging. After sewing, give it a final press with an iron to set the stitches.

Sewing the Leg Openings

To complete the bummies, we need to sew the elastic casing on the leg openings. Measure and cut two pieces of elastic according to the size mentioned in the pattern. Using a safety pin, insert the elastic into the leg opening casing, making sure it is stretched snugly but not too tight.

Once the elastic is inserted, overlap the ends and sew them together securely. Then, sew the opening closed, ensuring the elastic is evenly distributed within the casing. Repeat the same process for the other leg opening.

Adjusting the Fit

After completing the bummies, it's a good idea to try them on or use a mannequin or doll to check the fit. If the bummies feel too loose or too tight, you can adjust the waistband or leg openings accordingly. Additionally, you can make any necessary alterations to the fit by taking in or letting out the side seams.

Remember, the fit may vary depending on the fabric and elastic used, so it's essential to tailor the bummies to your specific measurements or the intended wearer's measurements.

Finishing Touches

With the bummies sewn and fitted perfectly, it's time to add any finishing touches you desire. This could include adding embellishments like bows, buttons, or appliques, or even experimenting with different fabric combinations or trims.

Don't forget to give your bummies a final press to smooth out any wrinkles and ensure a polished appearance. Now, they are ready to be worn or listed in your Etsy shop for others to enjoy!


Congratulations! You have successfully sewn your first pair of bummies. Although it may have been a challenging process, the end result is a cute and stylish pair of shorts that can be customized to suit any style or occasion. Whether you're making them for your little one or adding them to your handmade shop, bummies are a versatile and trendy addition to any wardrobe. So, grab your fabric, pattern, and sewing machine, and start creating your own unique bummies today!


  • Learn how to sew bummies for the first time
  • Use bullet fabric for a trendy and durable option
  • Choose the right fabric and pattern for a perfect fit
  • Sew the front and back pieces together
  • Attach cuffs and sew the waistband
  • Customize the fit and add finishing touches
  • Create a stylish and comfortable summer option


Q: Can I use regular fabric instead of bullet fabric for bummies?

A: Yes, you can use regular knit fabric with a four-way or two-way stretch for sewing bummies. Just make sure to choose fabric that has good stretch and recovery.

Q: How do I adjust the fit if the bummies are too loose or tight?

A: You can make adjustments to the waistband and leg openings to achieve the desired fit. Additionally, you can take in or let out the side seams as needed.

Q: Are bummies suitable for all ages?

A: Bummies are typically designed for babies and toddlers, but you can adjust the pattern and sizing to make them for older children or even adults.

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