Elf on the Shelf Clothes




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A couple of weeks ago, my preschooler's center director asked me to make a new outfit for the school's Elf on the Shelf. Since we haven't started this tradition in our household, I was a little hesitant to take on this task. But I agreed to give it a try because it was for the kids, of course. The first step was to google Elf clothes/patterns/tutorials/etc. The only Elf pattern I could find was Hayley's (from Mouse House Creations) skirt pattern and tutorial... which is super duper cute! But I was tasked with making a boy's suit so I decided just to start from scratch and draft my own pattern and tutorial.

I made the boy's suit first and was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out. I showed one of my best friends and fellow sewing enthusiast how cute it was and she encouraged me to make a dress for her little daughter's elf, Millie. So, I made not just one, but two versions of the elf dress and named the dress after Millie. And she also named Milo's suit because she is a genius at naming things. Seriously... what goes better with Millie than Milo?!?  It looks like we will be starting a new tradition in our family and the Elves will be very well dressed!


The free pattern and tutorial for the Elf clothing is below. Happy Holidays!

Materials needed:

1 fat quarter
felt, knit, or non-fraying fabric for hat and collar trim (alternatively, you can iron fusible interfacing on the back of cotton fabric to prevent fraying when cutting)
1/4" elastic (5" for pants)
1"ribbon or single fold bias tape (~6" for collar binding)
3/4" sew-on velcro (cut down to ~3/8" width) (Note: if you are pressed for time, you can use the sticky back velcro, but do not sew this on or it will gum up your needle.)

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1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted

Pants/Tights:

Step 1: Place pant pieces together with right sides facing and sew the two side seams together as shown below. Serge or zig zag the raw edges (optional).

Step 2:
For Pants: Pull the pants apart and hem the bottom edge by folding in 1/4" twice and sew about 1/8" from folded edge. (A). Match up the side seams sewn in Step 1, pin the pants legs together and sew the seams as shown in (B). Serge or zig zag the raw edge (optional).

For Tights: Be sure to cut on the dotted line on the pattern for the tighs. Match up the side seams sewn in Step 1 and sew the seams as shown in C. Serge or zig zag the raw edge (optional).


Step 3: Serge or zig zag the raw waistband edge (A). Place one end of the elastic right under the serged line (B) and secure with a backstitch. Continue sewing elastic onto waist, making sure you stretch the elastic as you go.

Step 4: Cut excess elastic when you get to the end.

Step 5: Turn the pants or tights inside out with your favorite turning tool. Fold the waistband over the elastic and topstitch. Try it on your elf to test the fit.

For tights, pull the tights on by folding the fabric over and easing it on the legs as shown below.

Shirt/Dress Bodice:

Step 1: Take the two back shirt/bodice pieces and serge or zig zag the raw edges. Fold the serged edge over 1/4" to the wrong side and iron (or sew, optional) in place.

Step 2: Sew the two shoulder seams together with right sides together. 

Step 3: Line one end of the sleeve to the end of the sleeve opening with right sides facing as shown in A. Slowly sew the sleeve onto the bodice at the sleeve opening as shown in B. I find it too hard to pin for something this small so I just position the sleeve to the edge of the arm hole and pivot the needle as I go. Repeat for the other sleeve.

Step 4: Serge or zig zag the raw edge of the attached sleeves.

Step 5: Hem the sleeves by folding in 1/4" twice and sew about 1/8" from folded edge.

Step 6: Turn the serged end of the bodice back 1/4" to the wrong side and sew down. Repeat on the other side.

Step 7: Line the middle of the collar up with the middle of the shirt front (right side up) and pin. Sew the collar on with a 1/8" seam allowance. I like to start at the center and sew to each end. It's easier to keep the collar in place this way.

Step 8: Take a piece of 1" ribbon or single fold bias tape about 6" long and sew it down on the collar with wrong side up. Use a seam allowance that is a little bigger than what you used to sew the collar to the shirt. Again, I find it easier not to pin something this small. I just move the ribbon to the edge of the collar as I sew.

Step 9: Cut off excess ribbon to about 1/4" from the sewn edge to tuck under the collar.

Step 10: Tuck the ribbon or bias tape under and in using one of the following methods shown below. (A) Leave about 1/4" untucked on the front to have a little decorative trim showing, or (B) fold the ribbon or bias tape all the way under.

Step 11: Topstitch trim on the right side of the collar as shown below for the respective methods of (A) and (B) in Step 10.

Step 12: Trim the excess ribbon or bias tape on the back of the collar as shown below.

Step 13: If you are making the shirt, sew the velcro onto the back pieces at this point. Position velcro 1/2" from the bottom hemline to leave room to hem up the shirt without adding bulk from the velcro. One side of the velcro should be attached on the wrong side of the fabric (A). The other side of the velcro should be attached on the right side of the bodice (B). See diagram below.

Step 14: Line up the ends of the sleeve, pin and sew as shown below. Serge or zig zag the raw edges. Repeat for the other side.

Step 15: Hem the bottom of the shirt by folding in 1/4" twice and sew about 1/8" from folded edge.

Skirt:

Circle Skirt

Step 1: Prepare bodice as shown for the shirt above, except do not hem the bottom (Step 15).

Step 2: If you are attaching an overlay, sew both pieces together with a 1/8" seam allowance as shown below.

Step 3: Pin the skirt to the bodice (A) and sew the two together with right sides facing (B). Serge or zig zag raw edges, especially the side seam open edges.

Step 4: Pin the skirt together at the side seam and sew up until you are about 2" from the bottom of the bodice. Use a 1/2" seam allowance.

Step 5: Attach velcro as described in Step 13 for the shirt/bodice. But make sure the velcro spans both the bodice and skirt as shown below.

Gathered Skirt

Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric 6" long x 20" wide. Hem the bottom edge by folding in 1/4" twice and sew about 1/8" from folded edge.

Step 2: Serge the raw side edges (A). Pin 2" from the top edge and sew the side seams together right sides facing to the pin with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Step 3: Sew two gathering lines about 1/8" and 1/4" from the top edge.

Step 4: Pull the top and the bottom thread on one end to gather the skirt (A). Sew the remainder of the side seam on the right side of the fabric as shown on B.

Step 5: Pin the skirt to the bodice and sew the two together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Serge or zig zag the raw edges (optional).

Step 6: Use a seam ripper to remove any gathering stitches that show up on the front (A). Top stitch to secure seam, optional (B).

Step 7: Attach velcro as described in Step 5 (circle skirt).

Hat:

Step 1: Pin the trim to the wrong side of the hat and sew together with a 1/8"seam allowance as shown below.


Step 2: Clip the curved edges as shown below and fold the trim in to the right side of the hat.


Step 3: Serge or zig zag the side edges and sew them together using a 1/2" seam allowance. Stop about 2" from the end. (note: if you don't want to add the velcro, sew all the way to the end.)

Step 4: Sew down the exposed side seams to make it easier to position the velcro (A). Attach the velcro as described above in Step 13 of the shirt/bodice instructions (B).



17 comments :

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    1. Thanks, Hayley!! I have admired your work for a while now and you are so creative and talented. I always look forward to reading your blog and posts. :)

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  2. This is SO awesome. I am blown away. What a treasure you've given us here. I know creating tutorials like this is incredibly time consuming. Thank you for posting it for all of us to benefit from!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Carey! I have learned a lot from online tutorials so this is my way of giving something back to the sewing community.

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  3. So adorable! Thanks for sharing at the Ultimate Elf on the Shelf Party!

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    1. Thanks, Diana! And thanks for hosting an incredible Elf party. :)

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  4. Wow! Just wow! This would be a great business... I have never thought of dressing up our Elf on a Shelf!

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  5. Wow! I really love the outfits you created! The fabrics you chose are adorable! Have you thought of selling these? Target has Elf clothing for sale, however not nearly as lovely as yours!

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    1. Hi Kelista! Thank you for your kind compliments. I bought all the fabric at JoAnns. Some were scraps from other projects. Once I finish my Christmas sewing, I may have some time to make some elf outfits to sell. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  6. Thank you so much for taking the time and posting this amazing tutorial.

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    1. Hi Margaret! You are very welcome! Glad you liked the tutorial. Happy Holidays!

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  7. I have tried several times to load the patterns and it wont load?

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    1. I'm sorry it's not working for you. Send me your email via the contact form on the right hand sidebar and I can email the pattern to you.

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  8. Thank you so much for posting these patterns! I just bought our elf today and can't wait to get started on some of these adorable outfits!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I hope the pattern works out for you. I would love to see photos of any outfits you make for your elf.

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  9. hi i tried to download but it wont and if i print it only does partial of the pattern. can u please email the pattern. thanks

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