I love the tradition of a layette, a little bundle of necessities to prepare a newborn for its first few months. And even more, I love the idea of sewing it myself!

Sewn Layette | Purl Soho

For this Sewn Layette, I designed a handful of useful pieces that together make a perfectly adorable first wardrobe. And because I’m a mom myself and I know that sometimes cute alone doesn’t cut it, I’ve made sure this Layette is equal parts precious and practical.

Sewn Layette | Purl Soho

Sewn Layette Pattern includes detailed instructions for three sizes (from newborn to 6 months) of four basic wardrobe pieces: Bloomers, Pants, and a cross-over Shirt and Romper (both with short and long-sleeve variations). The whole set is ripe for mixing and matching, so whether you’re making one special piece or two of everything, baby is sure to look super sweet! -Corinne

Sewn Layette | Purl Soho

Update: New Fabric

March 10,  2016

Sewn Layette | Purl Soho

We’ve sewn up a new version of this classic pattern in Robert Kaufman’s irresistibly soft Shetland Flannel. Click right here to read all about our Sewn Layette in Cozy Flannel!


  • Please Note: The Sewn Layette Pattern is no longer available for purchase. For assistance, please contact us at customerservice@purlsoho.com.


  • 1/2  (1/2, 1/2) yard of light or midweight fabric. We used Moda Muslin 45-inch, 200 Count in Natural.
    • Note: 1/2 (3/4, 3/4) yards for long sleeves, if using 44 or 45-inch fabric
  • 33 (37, 42) inches of 7/8-inch bias tape
    • Short Sleeves: We used Purl Bias Tape by the Yard in Flame.
    • Long Sleeves: We used Purl Soho’s Liberty Bias Tape in Mitsi, Red.
  • 12 inches of thin ribbon. We used Carta Inc’s Fettuccia Ribbon, ¼-inch in Natural.
  • 2 snaps in size 1/0 or 3/0
  • Embroidery or hand quilting thread for sewing on snaps
  • A 110-yard spool of Gutermann’s Cotton Thread in a color to match the fabric. We used color 1040.
  • A 110-yard spool of Gutermann’s Cotton Thread in a color to match the bias tape. We used color 4915.





Newborn (0-3 months, 3-6 months)

  • To fit a baby whose weight is 11 (14, 17) pounds and whose length is 22 (24, 26) inches.


For the Shirt, Romper, and Bloomers you may use prepared bias tape or make your own. If you are making your own bias tape, you will need ½ yard of additional fabric and a 25mm bias tape maker. For detailed instructions on how to make your own bias tape, visit our Making Single Fold Bias Tape Binding tutorial.

All samples are shown in the Newborn size.

Sewn Layette | Purl Soho