Free Pattern – Sewing A Newborn Photography Romper

Free Newborn Romper Patter for Newborn Photography

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Kristy Hall Photography – Des Moines, Iowa Newborn Baby Photographer

**Click here for the Sitter Romper Pattern

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As my clients and photographer friends know, I absolutely love creating beautiful, unique styles for my newborn sessions.  I work with each expecting couple to come up with colors, textures, and themes (earthy, organic, colorful, rustic, etc.) to best compliment their homes.  I am a client and fan of so many amazing vendors and can’t say enough about all of the gorgeous outfits I have purchased over the years.   But about a year ago I decided that I wanted to start bringing more of my own creative vision to life and be able to really tap into the vision of my clients.  Part of this process has been sewing and knitting the outfits for my newborn photography sessions.  In creating my own outfits, I am able to really offer the exact colors and tones my clients are seeking.  This picture of Corbin (above) is a great illustration of this.  His mommy asked for some bluish and brown tones that would look good hung on a dark grey wall.  I was able to find fabric with browns and steel blue – perfect for to display in their home!

Iowa_Newborn_Photographer_Baby_31For Ellie, I wanted to combine colors and patterns so I simply cut out an additional layer over the top of the romper and stitched that portion on the front half before I sewed the front and back pieces together.  I knew for her session I wanted some unique, colorful setups and turquoise blue for baby girls is hard to come by, so I thought this was perfect.

I have shared my simple pattern with many of the photography students I mentor, as well as a few photographer friends who sew.  This romper has two curved seams and two three straight seams, so it really is something anyone with basic sewing skills can make.

Directions for Sewing Your Newborn Romper

Please note that this romper is for use as a PHOTOGRAPHY PROP only and newborns should never be left unattended in this outfit,

as it does tie around the back of their neck thus isn’t meant to be worn as an everyday outfit.


1/2 yard of stretch knit fabric OR a second-hand sweater with stretch (my “go-to”)

Thread to match

1 yard of yarn to use for the tie

Step 1

Print off both images on 8×5 x 11 inch standard printer paper.  Tap two pieces together at legs, and cut out around the pattern.


Click Here for PDF (you may need to save the PDF to your computer and then print)- Des_Moines_Iowa_Newborn_Photographer_Newborn_Romer_Pattern(11)

Click Here for PDF (you may need to save the PDF to your computer and then print) – Des_Moines_Iowa_Newborn_Photographer_Newborn_Romer_Pattern(12)

Step 2

Pin your pattern onto your material (two pieces of fabric), then cut out a front and back for your romper.  I make it easy on myself and use a roller cutter with a mat board (approx $20 at JoAnn’s).  I lay the material flat and cut out two identical sections.   If you have fabric that frays, you will want to cut the pattern 1/4 inch longer on the legs for a bottom seam.  I typically use upcycled sweaters and use the finished bottom for the legs, so I don’t have to do a finishing seam on the leg bottoms (see top image of Corbin).


Step 3

Cut the bib off of the back of the romper (see pattern) with a curved cut.


Step 4

Pin and sew a zig-zag or stretch-stitch  seam in the top of the bib, approximately 1/4 inch.


Step 5

Pin the front and back together, right side to right side (as in, the outside of the fabric, what you want show, facing in).  Sew a stretch or zig-zag stitch along each outside edge of the leg with 1/4 inch seams up to the spot in which the back of the romper ends.  Make sure to trim the excess fabric off so that when you sew the drawstring seam it isn’t blocked by the excess fabric.


Step 6

Turn the romper right-side-out, then lay romper flat with the front-side facing down.  Starting at the right side at the top of the bib, pin the fabric down the side of the bib and all the way around the back of the romper.  Sew a stretch or zig-zag stitch at a 1/2 inch.  This will be a curved seam that the drawstring for the neck will be threaded through.


Step 7

Again turn the romper inside out, pinning around the crotch and legs, finishing up your sewing with a 1/4 inch seam with a zig-zag or stretch stitch.


Step 8

Turn your romper right-side out, and using a small safety pin, thread your drawstring though the edge of the bib, around the back, and up through the other end of the bib.


Step 9 – YOU ARE FINISHED!  Now go find a cute baby to photograph in your romper!!


**You can also modify the romper to show of baby’s legs by cutting off at the dashes labeled “A” on the pattern and then sew a 1/4 inch seam to finish.  You can also leave these without a seam for a more natural, rough edge, but make sure to hand wash so it doesn’t fray.  I adore how sweet June (below) looks in this delicate romper.  This was made with up cycled fabric with a lace overlay stitched on prior to sewing the front and back together..


Creating perfect looks for my sweet newborns is just another way I work to create unique, custom, beautiful styles for my clients.

For more information on finding a photographer who perfectly fits your needs, please check out my post on Finding the Right Newborn Photographer!

Thanks for stopping by!


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  • HeatherSo creative!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie VertodoulosThank you for sharing!! I can’t wait to break out my sewing machine 😀 Your creations are just beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • jenniferHi, thank you so much for shring this, its beautiful!! can I be a real pain and aske for the measurements? I hae made it and it just doesn’t look right 🙁 i undertand if you are too busy, i will work it out lol. Thanks in advance, jen xReplyCancel

    • KristyOf course!

      The bib (the top part) is five inches wide. The widest width is 7.5 (across the hips/legs) and the length from the top of the bib down to the bottom of the leg is 15.

      If you want to email me a pic, I can give you feedback!


  • SusanaThank you for the newborn romper tutorial and pattern. I am going to give it a try soon and hope it turns out as cute as your creations. Would you mind sharing your sitter romper pattern also?ReplyCancel

    • KristyYes!! It is in the works for another upcoming blog post!ReplyCancel

    • Christina McPhersonHi there,

      I was wondering if you ever found a good pattern for sitters. We have been making this one, but would love to upgrade and still use old sweaters.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'NeillHi Kristy, thanks so much for the pattern. I have been looking everywhere for a pattern and yours is the best by far. VickiReplyCancel

  • JessicaLove this! I don’t see any dashes labeled “A” to make the legs show more. Am I missing it?ReplyCancel

    • KristyOh my gosh! You are right! Just adjust the leg length to you taste. I have made it into shorties as well as onesies. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LaurenThank you so much! I dont have any newborns for a bit but I will practice! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DiannaThank you so much for this pattern! You have given me the chance to make my own rompers in the colors and embellishments that I envision. Thank you for helping me create my artwork from my mind to reality.ReplyCancel

  • EmotionThank you so much for this pattern. looked for a long time for this pattern.
    So thankfullReplyCancel

  • Christina McPhersonMy mom and I have been making throngs of these over the weekend. We are ready for the big leagues now. Thank you so much for posting the pattern! Do you or anyone have one for a sitter?ReplyCancel

  • Danielle LeggI was wondering if this pattern was still available?ReplyCancel

    • KristyHi Danielle!

      Yes, is it not coming up!? If not, please email me here and I can send you the PDF! kristyhallphotos@gmail.comReplyCancel

      • Elisa SanchezI would love the pattern as well. I tried to click on the link but it would not open anything. I have a newborn shoot coming up and would love to make one. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and kindness.ReplyCancel

  • JulieThank you for sharing! These are hard to find!!ReplyCancel

  • Lee-AnneWill this fit over a diaper? Thanks SO MUCH for sharing! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • KristyI typically do not put them over diapers, as it adds bulk to the photo. With stretchy fabric it can though!ReplyCancel

  • TeenaHi, I love this pattern. When I click the pdf it only gives me the bottom half of the pattern. Can someone email it to me?ReplyCancel

    • KristyHi Teena! My apologies! I just saw this comment! Please let me know if you are still in need of the other part of the pattern.ReplyCancel

      • SissyThis is so lovely!! When I click PDF it doesnt pull up anything. Do I print of the site as is? I have a cashmere sweater that has a hole that I would love to use for this. I’m so excited!!ReplyCancel

        • KristySending it to your email! On my Mac when I click on the link it gives me a download icon. I will check from my PC and see if it is opening differently!ReplyCancel

  • FionSo Beautiful! Any recommendations in getting cute affordable newborn rompers from any props sellers?ReplyCancel

    • KristyI absolutely love Leah Michele Creations! I find her work to be reasonably priced while still having the look and feel of the more expensive shops.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy SmithermanHello,

    Beautiful work! Would love to have the pattern but could not download on PDF format or see the link for that. I love the purple with the flowers so pretty!!!


  • Jessica FairfulI see click here for sitter but nothing works. Is there a link?ReplyCancel

    • KristyI’ll email you directly! I’m not sure why it isn’t working for some (I show others have downloaded it!).ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl HavensHello, thank you for the pattern!ReplyCancel

  • Heather NewbyHow can I get the instructions and pattern for the newborn romper? 🙂ReplyCancel

    • KristyIf you click on the pattern there is a download option. I am sending it directly to your email. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • BellaI am unable to get the pattern for newborn and sitter rompers to download! I would love to make these for some photos coming up for a friend!ReplyCancel

    • KristyI am emailing you both!! If you click on the words that are underlined it should take you directly to the PDFs. Sorry about that! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Adelle JonesThank you so much for sharing this pattern. I was going to buy a few outfits but I couldn’t justify spending the amount of money they cost when I have a sewing machine sitting gathering dust. I spent £37 yesterday in 3 charity shops and have a pile of clothes to upcycle. I have made 2 so far and LOVE how they look. I am new to newborn photography, having only photographed 2 sessions since my training. I am so excited to get up and running now I am able to make such cute outfits. Thank you again xxxReplyCancel

  • Mariagiovanna RisiIm the only One that cant download the pattern? 🙁ReplyCancel

  • SusanEeek…. just found your pattern. Off tofind a jumper to upcycled.
    Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • lizi just found your pattern, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • PeggyCould I also get ten both emailed to me!! They are sooo cute!ReplyCancel

  • genny wardI’d love to get your sitter pdf pattern as well. I read the dimensions you posted above (“The bib (the top part) is 5 inches wide. The widest width is 7.5 (across the hips/legs) and the length from the top of the bib down to the bottom of the leg is 15.”) Are these the dimensions of the pattern or finished dimensions of the outfit?

    Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

    • KristyIf you click on the title of the pattern names that is the link to the pdf! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • RachealThank you so much for taking your time to provide these tutorials💕ReplyCancel

  • CarolinaThanks very much for sharing this romper pattern .. I am trying to get into the newborn photography.. I have been doing session for a couple friends.. and my good friend’s daughter is having a girl in December I am looking forward to do some pics for her.. you are so kinds.. thanks a lot ..ReplyCancel

  • Brenda ReynoldsHi Kristy I found your website while looking for newborn patterns and fell in love with your newborns. First of all can you send a site where you buy your curly basket layers? Love them!! I tried to save a pdf for your free pattern and cant get it to work. Nor the instructions to print. Are you still giving this away? Would love to try it out. This will be my first pattern to try.
    Thanks in advance

  • Rebecca StephensThanks for sharing your pattern and ideas. I love it. I do alterations and embroidery for children like special designs for holidays etc. I love sewing for babies! My friend a photographer gave me this link so I could possibly make her or her fellow photographer friends some. I might get some extra business so this is much appreciated. I am a retired grandmother. I don’t have a website yet but just word of mouth and I use facebook. Rebecca Lynn’s Lilones.ReplyCancel

  • Angelica lishHello. Thank you for offering this pattern I am excited to try it!ReplyCancel

  • kerry vercherelove your style and thank you for showing how to do the romper.ReplyCancel

  • KristyI am SO excited to try this out. However when i click and download the PDF i am only getting the top half. do you have a pdf with both top and bottom so i can just print the exact size?ReplyCancel

    • KristyHmm…there are two links to click on. If it never opened, let me know your email and I can send it!ReplyCancel

  • ClaireI LOVE this. I’m finding bought rompers so expensive that I can’t really afford to buy any at the moment… then I found this! THANK YOU so much for sharing, I can’t wait to make some. I love the one the little girl is wearing, it looks beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sonja McClellandI am trying to download the pattern for your lovely romper but it will not download 🙁ReplyCancel

    • KristyDid you click on the underline titles of each image? That is what opens the links! If not, post your email, I’ll email you a copy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • BillijoHi! Is this pattern still available? If so I’d love a copy. Thank you so much for creating this and sharing it! What a blessing.ReplyCancel

    • KristyIt is! Click on the links doesn’t work on some browsers. I will email them! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JuniI am having trouble dowloading the pattern. for some reason it doesn’t let me click on the link for the pattern.

    can you please help me with that.


    • KristyIt is so odd because it does work for some people!! Okay, I see your email! I will send it! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Megan PoultonThanks so much Kristy! You are so awesome and your pictures are incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Denise DelapenaAwesome for sharing thank youReplyCancel

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