Embellished Onesies {Tutorial}

I’m still trying to finish up all of the tutorials for the baby basket cake. It is taking me a bit longer then expected, but luckily there is only one more to finish up. Once they are all finished I plan on doing a FAQ and a round up where I will link all of the tutorials in one spot. Then in the next month or so I’m looking forward to getting back to posting my weekly tutorials for Fat Quarter Friday. I have missed making those quick little projects and hopefully this will give me a head start on all those Christmas gifts on my list.
Embellished Onesies Tutorial
(allow 1 hour per dress)

We are going to start by making the little polka dot dress, but all of the embellished onesie require the same materials, just different amounts of fabric. I didn’t keep track of the exact measurements while putting the tutorials together so you are going to have to trust your own judgement and make it how you like it. I’m going to show you just a basic way of putting these together. Remember there is no right or wrong way to do it.

Materials Needed:

*Onesies (any size works)

*Large scraps of knit fabric about 30″ long and about 6 ” wide (these are the measurements I used for a newborn onesie. You will need more material if you are working with a larger sized onesie.)

*Smaller scraps for making the flowers and for the ruffles on the backside.

Start by measuring the distance around the onesie where you will be attaching the skirt on. I like to attach the skirt about 2″ above the top hem on the buttoned part of the onesies, but you can attach it wherever you would like. Now take your marking pen and draw a straight line around the front and back of the onesie where you want your skirt to be attached.

Measure the distance around the onesie where you made your straight line. Add 1 1/2 times to that measurement or even double it. Now cut your piece of fabric the distance just determined by the desired length. I like to cut mine about 5″ long. But again you can cut it whatever length you want. and if you cut it too long in the beginning you can always trim it down a bit later.

Now sew the two ends together with right sides facing. Sew all around the top edge and make it ruffle.

Pin the dress on so that the right side is right side with the onesie and the ruffled edge is lined up with the line you drew onto the onesie.

Sew skirt in place using a a zig-zag stitch. I like to slightly stretch the onesie while sewing the skirt on to give a little extra room for stretching.

Now take a little scrap piece of fabric about 16″ x 1 1/2″. Sew on the top edge to ruffle it.

Pin in place on the top of the onesie like so. Only make one complete circle with the ruffled piece right now.

Sew in place on the ruffled edge.

Keep wrapping the ruffled piece in the shape of a circle while sewing it as you go. Don’t worry about making it look too perfect.

Cut out some little circles to cover up the stitches in the middle and sew in place.

And there you have a cute little embellished onesie that only took a few minutes to make. Now for the next onesie all I did was cut out a little piece of fabric and sew it to the front of the onesie.

Then use a scrap piece of fabric that is 1 1/2 times the length of the back side of the onesies. Ruffle the fabric then zig-zag stitch the ruffled piece onto the backside of the onesies. Extremely simple, but so fun to do.

For the teal dress I made it just like the pink polka dot dress above but this time I cut the two pieces of fabric different lengths to give the skirt a little different look.

Cut one of the pieces about 1 1/2″ to 2″ wider then the other piece of fabric.

Sew edges together like on the first dress. Ruffle the top edge of both pieces of fabric.

Pin the two pieces of fabric together and repeat the same steps as above with the pink polka dot dress.

For the last and my most favorite embellished onesie I wanted to keep it simple with a big pink flower on the front and a cute little ruffle on the backside.

Cut out some flowers. I used two different colored fabrics for these but you can use whatever you have on hand.

Just pin your flowers in place and sew like below.

Then add the centers of the flowers.

Add a cute little ruffled piece to the backside.

So there you have some fun and easy ways to embellish those plain white onesies.

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  1. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says:

    these are the perfect Baby Shower gift!! Very cute :)

  2. Simple Simon & Co says:

    I LOVE the chicken one!

  3. These are so cute. I have to get going on my baby basket cake for my sister!!!

  4. Love all of these! I have some onesies and t-shirts that I need to get to work on.

  5. Kara @ Nest Candy says:

    SO CUTE! I am so in love with these. I need to just make a pile of them and hope that when we decide to have a baby that it's a girl!

  6. So, so cute !!!!!!

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