Recycle Onesies or tank tops into baby dresses.
This sewing project is really easy and also quick, you can be done in one hour or less. Is a way to recycle any old onesie that has become too short but still fits on the baby. In fact the one used in this project is an old onesie that my baby girl ourgrew, it became too short for her and would not close anymore, but otherwise it still fits just nice.
They also make great gifts, once finished they are so cute and adorable! And you can also use tank tops.
So, what do you need to make the recycled onesie into a dress?
– a Onesie or tank top
– two rectangles of fabric, 9 inches by 43 inches, and 6 inches by 43 inches.
– ribbon, (optional)
– a sewing machine, or serger, also can be done by hand.
Start by removing the bottom of the onsie or tank top if the tank top is too long, if is not, you can use it just as it is without removing the bottom. Another option is to use a onesie that will fit fine without removing the bottom and just sew the skirt on top.
Set the onesie ot tanktop aside for now, and let’s continue with the fabric.
As mentioned above, you will need to cuts of fabric, of 9 x 43 inches and 6 x 34 inches. If you like, you can make it a little longer or shorter, as long as one of the rectangles is longer than the other one, to give it the ruffle double skirt effect.
With right sides together, you will need to sew the short sides of both rectangles.
You will have something like the photo showed above.
Now, you need to do the seam. With a sewing machine or serger. Choose any seam, or if you prefer to have the same effect, just sew along the raw edge with the zigzag stitch.
With right sides together, sew the top to get both rectangles together.
Turn it around, and you should have something like shows the photo above. Doing it this way will create a clean edge on top.
Now, you need to top-stitch using gather stitch at the longest setting your machine will allow, and remember not to back stitch at the begging or end, because that will lock the stitches, and to create the ruffles, you need to pull the bobbin thread.
Create the ruffles by carefully pulling the bobbin thread, and start sliding your fabric.
After you finish gathering the skirt to create the ruffles, just sew it to the bottom of the onesie or tank top.
If you like how it looks, you are all done. But you can still add some finishing touches.
You could use some ribbon, not only yo decorate, but to give it a clean look.
This little dress was made the same way as the one showed above. It has however a few differences. The skirt part is a little shorter, and it was made with a tank top as base instead of a onesie.
I hope you liked this step by step photo tutorial that shows how to recycle onesies into pretty baby dresses.
Would love to see and even showcase in the blog any finished project using this tutorial 😀
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Knit Baby hat for begginers – Free Pattern
Baby Booties with mini granny squares – Free Pattern