by Dana on February 15, 2013

Decisions are the worst.  But what if you didn’t have to decide? What if you could wear yellow for five minutes and then flip it over and wear orange?  YES!  It’s every kid’s dream come true….it’s the Flip Vest!  Just flip it over for whatever mood you’re in.  I love options.

Made from two layers of fabric, this is a reversible vest for boys and girls with soft ribbing lining the collar and arms and simple velcro closures or buttons on the front.  It comes in 5 sizes ranging from 6 months old up to 5 years.  And it works well for all seasons.  It adds the perfect warmth on a Fall afternoon and for extra chilly days, just throw it under a coat and send the kiddies off to school.  It’s the vest that keeps giving all year long.

If you enjoy our tutorials here on MADE, then you’ll love this pattern.  It’s filled with all the same details, with step-by-step photos and info, but goes into greater depth explaining all the tiny things, how to fix problems, how to work with various fabrics, and builds confidence to push yourself as a sewer.

In fact….if you’ve never sewn with fleece fabric or with knit ribbing, have no fear!  Today is your day.  The flip vests walks you through all the basic steps for sewing fleece and ribbing on a STANDARD sewing machine.  That’s right, you do not need a serger for this project.  And since the vest is reversible all the seams are completely finished off….nothing exposed….totally professional looking!  Your friends will be impressed.  They’ll look like this:

and then they’ll never want to take their vests off.  They’re just so cozy and cute!

In the pattern we’ll make two versions of the vest for boys and girls, toddlers and babies.  The velcro vest is reversible and easy to flip.  The button vest, however, is best worn on the button side for comfort.  We’ll also share two different methods for sewing ribbing around the armholes.

And the best part about this pattern (aside from the cute factor and fun fabric choices)…is that the printable pattern piece is only 3 pages long!  It prints to standard 8.5×11 inch paper on your home printer.   Then you follow the instructions in the pattern for cutting/taping the pages together and it all lines-up perfectly!  No worrying about borderless printing or images going to the edge of the paper.   Plus there’s a measuring ruler along the side, to gauge whether you’ve printed properly.

Okay, here are the nitty gritty details….

the FLIP Vest Pattern - $8
–for boys and girls, babies and kids—

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• This is a 23-page PDF document, which means you download it after payment to your computer. The pattern is not physically mailed to you.  After purchase you are sent a link for downloading the pattern to your computer (these are sent to the email address attached with your paypal account).  Please note that the link will expire after a few days!  So when you open the download pattern link, make sure you save the pdf file to your computer so you always have it for future use!
• The file size is about 3MB
• The first 20 pages are filled with colorful photos and step-by-step instructions for making a Flip Vest. You don’t need to print these pages if you plan to reference them on your computer or iPad as you sew.
• The last 3 pages are pattern pieces that can be printed and taped together.  The pattern contains detailed instructions for printing and piecing.
• For printing in another country see info below.
• The pattern outlines basic fabric and sewing info for working with Fleece and Knit Ribbing.

The pattern comes in 5 sizes, based on age:
• 6 months – 12 months
• 12 months – 24 months
• 2 Toddler – 3 Toddler
• 3 Toddler – 4 Toddler
• 4 Toddler – 5 Toddler

There are 2 looks, 2 armhole options.
….and plenty of room for your own interpretation.  Add your own pockets, zippers, snaps and embellishments!  The pattern offers:
• Velcro front closure (totally reversible vest)
• Button front closure (non-reversible vest)
• Ribbing sewn either as a binding or sandwiched into the vest layers (details in the pattern)

Skill Level
The pattern is aimed at the “Advanced Beginner” level and up. Anyone can tackle it but it’s probably not a first-time sewer project.

Fabric and Supplies needed
• 1/2 to 2/3 yard of fabric for each vest layer, depending on size (so appx 1 to 1 1/3 yards fabric overall)
• 1/4 yard knit ribbing
• 6-8 inches of Velcro
• 2 Buttons
• Standard sewing machine and standard presser feet – no fancy tools.  You do NOT need a serger for this project

Printing in another Country (outside of the US)
The pattern was created for standard US printers but should work for other countries as well. There’s a measuring ruler on the side of the page (in inches) so you can see if you’ve printed to the proper print size. The images do NOT print to edge of the paper…so I recommend printing to your standard size paper, checking the ruler, and matching the pattern pieces up as outlined in the instructions.  I have not personally printed to an international printer but I do think it will work!

If you’d like to peek inside of the pattern, click HERE for a 4-page sample (you computer will prompt you to download/open a small 400KB file in Preview or Acrobat, etc).

(click the button below)

Add to Cart
• Instant payment is through Paypal
• E-check payment through paypal will delay your pattern download a few days.
• MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PROPER EMAIL ADDRESS ATTACHED TO YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT. This email address is where the info about your purchase and download instructions will be sent.
• You will receive a few emails confirming your payment and providing info about downloading the pdf pattern to your computer.

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1 anna February 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

oh goodie, looks like another fun one! :)))) yay!


2 Julie H. February 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

What a cute project! I am going to have to try this one out. Especially for my boys (12,8). It’s really hard to find fun things to sew for my boys. I can crank out skirts and dresses for my daughter (3) all day long, and they feel left out sometimes. ;)


3 Delia February 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Beautiful pictures! I was looking at some colorful plates at the store the other day and wondered if they would look cute on a wall! So fun! I think I’ll have to do it for Nat’s first birthday now that I see it looks super cute.

Is it me or does Clara totally look more grown up? Such a beauty.


4 Katie February 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Dana, I love it! So cool!


5 LucyL February 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm

It’s very cute!!! congratulations on the new pattern! I love all the pictures too!


6 Cate February 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Very cool — congrats! Curious — what kind of fabric for the flip-side? Wondering if I can pair quilting cotton with fleece, or if the cotton won’t stretch enough.


7 Kristin February 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Love it! Perfect springtime vest. Thanks for letting me test for you! :)


8 nena February 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

It’s darling!! How about a pattern for ladies?!


9 Kelsey February 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Oh I’m SO buying this one!


10 Petra February 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

They are SO cool! What about one for mum’s??? :-)


11 Allison Hansen February 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Dana Dear,

This may possibly be your cutest! And…wha?! Is that Owen? He’s like a real, huge boy!


12 Sarah K. February 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Gah! How cute is that? I will be purchasing when I locate my wallet…!


13 Leigh Anne February 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

You did it again, Dana! Great job! And awesome pics too…..I will have to sew some for my littles for sure!


14 Lindsay February 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

So cute! I can’t get over how adorable Clara is in her tiny little vest. :)


15 liZ evans February 16, 2013 at 12:46 am

Oh the white, green and yellow is my favorite combo! So cute.


16 Max February 16, 2013 at 1:53 am

yay!!! how cute!


17 Nicole February 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Darling!!! I’m going to make a flannel version today :)


18 Talia February 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

So Dana does this line up perfectly on an american printer? Does that mean it won’t on A4 printers?


19 Dana February 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

Excellent Question.
The pattern is best for US printers but should work for other countries as well. There’s a measuring ruler along the side of the page (in inches) so you can see if you’ve printed to the proper print size. The images do NOT print to edge of the paper…so I recommend printing to your standard size paper, checking the ruler, and matching the pattern pieces up as outlined in the instructions.
I haven’t done this on an international printer but I do think it will work!


20 Sarah February 17, 2013 at 1:59 am

Oh oh oh, this is just what I’ve been searching for! I had a boy’s vest in mind, but I hadn’t been able to find the right style until now! I can’t wait to grab this pattern :D


21 Jessica at Me Sew Crazy February 17, 2013 at 11:47 am

Caaaayute Dana! I love that you managed to make a pattern fit for boy AND girls of all ages. Love it!


22 Bon @ A Golden Afternoon February 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Love it! Just purchased and will sew as soon as I finish the dress I’m working on for Faith. I’m going to make another hiking vest :) Thanks, friend!


23 Ama February 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Great project and cute fabrics…as always!


24 fern February 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Oh dear, these are adorable! Will be purchasing soon!!


25 Jackie February 18, 2013 at 6:02 am

Cute. I love the colors you made. Adorable kids too.


26 Melissa February 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

I am new to adjusting patterns, so do you think it would be easy enough to adjust to bigger kids (7 and 8 year olds)? Adjusting length and add width to the sides and back? Love that this is great for my son and daughters. Thanks!


27 Dana February 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

yes, just look at the way the pattern varies from size to size and use that as your guide when enlarging it. Use one of their t-shirts to gauge how side to make it, etc.
That’s what I would do!


28 Dianne February 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Is this really reversible with the velcro? I can’t see where that works out.


29 Dana February 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

yep! It just velcros the opposite direction when you flip it over.
The buttons however are not reversible.


30 Kath September 12, 2015 at 1:16 am

Hope it’s ok to comment here as to do with same.
Sewing buttons back to back, like behind each other so are on both sides of garment, you’d be able to use reversed?
So great to find your site. Thank you.


31 Jeanne Jones February 22, 2013 at 12:11 am

Can this be made with 100% cotton fabric for both sides?


32 Elizabeth March 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Dana, this is such a fun pattern! I just made 6 vests in 3 different sizes for my younger siblings. They were a hit and I will definetely be making more. Thank you for the great pattern!


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36 Mette May 16, 2013 at 5:54 am

Hi Dana

Have just made this vest for my daughter. She LOVED it and the pattern was so easy to follow! Thank you for making it so clear!



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Thanks for the great pattern. I am nearly finished making my pirate vest for Halloween. Only sleeves and button are left.

A few questions:

- Why do we need ribbing? Can the pattern be used without the ribbing? (Very difficult to find here in France. I ended up using stretch cotton.)

- Did you use a special stitch to account for the stretchy fabrics?

I was able to print on A4 no problem – just check the pirnter options and that page scaling is at ‘none’, or ‘no change in original size’ (exact term depends on printer).



46 Anais October 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Ok so maybe this is a silly question since I am a pretty novice sewer.

When doing option 2 for the armholes, how do you piece them together on the final round so that the sewing is not seen on the reverse side? I had a red print on a yellow flannel, so seeing either the red thread on yellow or the yellow thread on red was less than ideal. Even if i sewed on the tip of the red print, the stitching would be visible on the other side on the jersey. Thanks for any tips on how to improve! the Photos were not closeup enough for me.


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50 Nichola May 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Oh Dana this is THE PERFECT vest pattern! I can’t wait to make it for my two little girls… but am awfully sad that my 6.5 year old son will miss out… Is there any chance of it being available in larger sizes sometime in the future? Thankyou


51 Andrea March 31, 2015 at 10:40 am

Cute pattern, and it prints perfectly on an A4 printer. Can’t wait to make a couple for my twin girls. I was wondering about seam allowances. Are they included in the pattern pieces?


52 Dana March 31, 2015 at 11:22 am

Yes, the seam allowances are included in the pattern pieces. You don’t need to add anything extra when cutting out. :)


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I made another one! Please forgive the fabric choices. Ha.


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Love this pattern – if only it came in larger kid sizes! My kiddo’s in size 7 now. :-(


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