How to Make Your Own Camo Clothing

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Camo is a very popular pattern for clothing. The camo pattern is available in a vast number of colors, shades and hues. The most common are the hunter camo and the military camo; however, the camo pattern is also found in varying shades of pink, orange and blue. The camo fabric materials selection is almost as vast, including cotton camo, poly blend camo, camo netting, flannel in camo print and combed cotton or a fuzzy blend in camo.

Things You'll Need

  • Pattern
  • Sample clothing
  • Pattern paper
  • Camo fabric
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Seam ripper
  • Serger
  • Pre-wash your camo fabric before sewing your own camo clothing to prevent any shrinking or warping of the final garment. Iron out any wrinkles if necessary.

  • Select and purchase a pattern in your size to use with your camo fabric. Or make a simple pattern by taking a more simply made favorite clothing of your own--like a baby tee, long sleeve tee, sweater, shorts, bandanna or skirt--and tracing the outline of the pieces of the clothing onto pattern paper or a large sheet or roll of paper. Add 1/2 inch to all the seams to accommodate seam allowances before cutting your own camo clothing pattern out,

  • Cut the store-bought or your own pattern out of the pattern paper. Spread the camo material down on a large flat surface. Then place the pattern pieces on the material. Pin the pattern pieces down. Cut out the pieces.

  • Follow the pattern directions to sew your own camo clothing together. If you have made your own pattern, try to figure out the logical order to create your own camo clothing, For instance, for a skirt, sew the side seams, then bottom hem or seam and then add the waist using elastic--or an opening with a button or zipper closure can be added. For a shirt, sew the shirt sides, add a color or sew the collar seam, assemble and sew the sleeves, then sew the sleeves to the shirt body.

  • Pin your camo fabric pieces right-side (good camo print side) together to pin and then sew the seams. Sew your own camo clothing together using a seam roughly 1/4 to 1/2 inch away from the edge of the material when connecting pieces. The majority of the camo clothing will be sewn while the pieces or clothing is inside-out. The final touches like a finishing seam on the end of sleeves or the edge of a skirt will be sewn right-side out or up on a sewing machine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a serger to finish the seams if you have one available. There are mini-sergers available for less than $100, sometimes less than $30, that work well for the basic home seamstress.
  • Add patches of camo fabric to clothing that you already own to quickly make your own camo clothing without having to sew a piece of clothing from scratch,
  • Men can sew, too--and they can sew well when they try because they concentrate on it well--and there is a man's story on sewing his own camo jacket in the References section.

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