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Free sewing pattern for the shirts “Rudy” and “Snowman” (November only)

Let’s get into the Christmas spirit! This month’s free pattern from inspiration Magazine are the shirts “Rudy and “Snowman”, which include two cute applique designs. You can download the pattern for free until November 30, 2023 in the paragraph “Download the free sewing pattern for the shirts “Rudy” and “Snowman” (November only)”. As always, you’ll have to be quick because each pattern is only available for free download in the month stated.

Two toddlers wear sweaters with applique designs. The boy on the left wears a blue sweater with a snowman, and the girl on the right a beige one with a reindeer. The embroidery designs are part of the free sewing pattern of this month

Sewing the shirts “Rudy” and “Snowman”

If you have never sewn clothes for kids, then this shirt is a great start. It is a simple pattern that is quickly put together. The loose fit is also forgiving of small mistakes, and you can always make more of it by adding frills, sequins or printed fabrics. It’s so fun to add your own playful touch!

The little girl with pigtails is smiling into the camera, while wearing the shirt "Rudy" with an applique design of Rudolf. Her brother wears a blue sweater with a snowman and the lettering "baby it's cold outside" on the left. Both designs are included in the free sewing pattern of the month.

For the “Rudy” shirt, we added a red pompom nose and a bow. Now our happy toddler has some cute 3D elements to fidget with! When embroidering on knits, make sure to stabilize your fabric correctly. If you need any tips, then check out Kat Walters article “Machine Appliqué and Sewing Baby Bibs”. This will surely answer some of your questions and maybe give you an idea for a Christmas gift.

a set of three dinosaur-themed baby dribble bibs, two with applique, on a table with some fabric and thread

Take a look at the magazine…

The free pattern and sewing instructions for the shirts “Rudy” and “Snowman” appeared in the inspiration Magazine 3/2020.

This issue wants to inspire you with skirts, dresses or trousers – practical and comfortable fashion, which is at the same time individual and special. Or how about something sustainable? For example, bringing old sweaters, jeans, or fabric remnants to new life? You will be amazed, how much fun it is and what beautiful things can be created from them. And for Christmas there is a lot to discover, from decorations to gifts and wrappings, which makes the festive season even more beautiful.

autumn/winter 2020 issue of "inspiration".

Issue 3/2020 is available as a single issue in the inspiration online shop at the following link:

You can buy the patterns and magazine online or have them conveniently delivered to your home. 

Download the free sewing pattern for the shirts “Rudy” and “Snowman” (November 2023 only)

You can download the free sewing pattern for the shirts “Rudy” and “Snowman” at the following link:

The link takes you to the BERNINA website. The pattern is available for free download during the month of November once you register for the BERNINA inspiration newsletter.

Technical drawing of the shirts "Rudy" and "Snowman".

Unzip the zip file containing the pattern

In case you download the zip file instead of the pdf’s, this is what you will find in the extracted folder:

  • Sewing instructions with information on materials, cutting out and sewing
  • A pattern in A4 format. You can print this out on your regular printer at home and stick the sheets together. Make sure you print out the pattern using the “original size” setting. Check the test square to make sure the pattern has been printed out in the correct size.
  • A zip file with the embroidery designs.

Please note that clicking the download button will automatically download the zip file to your computer. You will have to unzip it to access the PDF pattern or embroidery designs. In Windows, you do this by right clicking on the file and clicking on the menu item “Extract all”. On a Mac, you can unzip zip files by double clicking the left mouse button.

Downloaded files are generally automatically put into the downloads folder, but this depends on the operating system, the device used and your local settings. If you download the file on your smartphone and cannot find the file or cannot unzip it, please try using a desktop computer.

Do you want to sew the shirts “Rudy” and “Snowman”, but missed the download?

Would you like to sew the shirts “Rudy” and “Snowman”, but November 2023 is already over? No problem! You can order the pattern from the shop, download and print it or have it delivered to your home. Simply click on the following link:

We wish you lots of fun with your sewing!

Best wishes,


Free sewing instructions: Christmas shirts for kids

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