Little girl’s ruffle sleeve top – free pdf sewing pattern

little girl's ruffle sleeve top free pdf sewing pattern

I know many sewers are interested in making clothes for their little ones – so this time I am sharing a pattern for a design made for kids – a ruffle sleeve top.

This design adds just a little bit of detail to the basic top for little girls – a ruffled sleeve. With only some extra minutes, you can make a nice piece of garment for your lovely daughter/niece/granddaughter.

Let’s see it in a few fun prints:

My pattern is made for kids from 6 months old to 5 years old. If you are not sure about your kid’s size, use body height for a more accurate sizing. Also check your size before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.

The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.

You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!

Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.


You will need

  • Fabric of your choice. This pattern is made for both woven and knit fabric.
  • Buttons for closure at the back
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:

You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.

Fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Front: cut 1 on the fold
  • Back: cut 1 on the fold
  • Sleeve Cap: cut 2
  • Sleeve Ruffle: cut 2
  • Keyhole binding: cut 1 on bias
  • Neckline Binding: cut 1 on bias

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.

2. Place the Front and Back pieces right side facing. Pin and sew shoulder and side seams.

3. Sew 2 parallel lines using longest stitch length ½ and ¼ inch from the edge of the Sleeve Ruffle. Pull lower threads to gather the edge so that it matches the bottom end of the Sleeve Cap.

4. Place the Sleeve Ruffle and Sleeve Cap right side facing. Pin and sew to join.

5. Sew the side seam of the Sleeve.

6. Turn the Sleeve inside out. Place the Sleeve and the main garment right side facing, matching the notches on both pieces. Pin and sew to join the sleeve to the main garment.

7. Use bias binding to finish the keyhole at the back and the neckline of the main garment. Attach button to the keyhole.

8. Hem the sleeve and the main garment.

I believe you will be happy with this simple, stress-free design. It will make a wonderful gift for your little one!

And here is the download link:


Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns


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