Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ruffle Leg Onesie {tutorial}

 Hello again! I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! We had fun with all our family over for dinner (15 of us total with the kids) and had an unexpected visit from the fire department! Don't worry our house wasn't burnt to a crisp and neither was the turkey (long story). =) Anyways, today I'm sharing with you how to add some flair to a plain white onesie. I made this for my sister's baby and displayed it at her baby shower.

You will need: 
  • Plain onesie
  • Satin fabric for leg ruffles-- I had some leftover from a previous project
  • Scrap fabric for initial
  • Ribbon
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Matching thread
First I cut out strips 5" wide running the length of my fabric. I cut out four strips. Take two of the strips and sew them together making one long 5" wide strip. Iron the seam flat. Do the same to the other two strips so you will have two long strips total.

Fold them in half and iron in place.

 Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length.

Sew along the raw edge of each of the folded strips using your basting stitch and pull one of the threads at the end to create the ruffle. You are going to match the ruffle up with the leg around the bottom of the onesie. You want the finished length of the ruffle to be the same length as the leg opening plus 1" or so to fold under the raw edges at the ends. Cut off the excess ruffle and fold each end about a half an inch under on each side and iron them flat.

Next I created binding to cover the top raw edge of the ruffle. I cut out a strip of fabric 2 1/4" wide. You want to make it the length of your ruffle plus 1/2" on each side to fold under and hide the raw edges. Make two, one for each leg.

Fold it in half and iron.

 Then unfold it and fold in each side toward the center fold line like so.

Iron them flat.

Fold under the raw edges on the sides and iron them flat.

Pin it to the top of each of the ruffles, hiding the raw edge and sew it in place close to the bottom edge.

 Pin the ruffles to the inside legs of the onesie.

I sewed the ruffle onto the leg in two places. One closest to the bottom edge of the leg and the other about 1/4" above it. For the top thread line I just followed on top of the thread that was already stitched on the onesie.

So when you button it up it looks like the picture below. I ironed fusible interfacing onto my scrap fabric and then cut out the initial. (For more details on appliques view this post.) I ironed it onto the shirt and then top stitched around the edges. I made the bow with grosgrain ribbon and hand stitched it in place.

And there you have it! A great way to snazzy up a plain onesie. This would make a stylish baby gift for any mom to be!

Need more baby gift ideas? See this post for burp cloth instructions or this one to see how to make a tutu!

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