I was given a bag of baby clothes by a friend’s coworker’s friend. Yeah…I only know the friend and not the other two, which is kinda weird. But hey – baby clothes! I’ll take them. And they even should be size/season appropriate for Miss A. There was one onesie that was a bit small, though at “up to 3 months” size (she is still wearing some 3 month onesies at 4 months, but some are getting snug). It was a cute onesie, though, especially since it said “I <3 My Auntie" and she was going to her (great) Aunt Paula for her sitter the next day (either my aunt, my husband, or my dad watch her during the week while I'm at work). So I decided to chop it up and make it into a tee.
thread in coordinating color
cute baby (ugly babies would work too, but not as well.)
crappy photography skills (not required)
First, I cut the leg portion off as low down as I could. You don’t need to worry about losing length with a hem – it won’t fray. I then cut strips out of the butt of the part that I cut off. They weren’t any sort of regular size, just so that I could get 3-4 strips out of the fabric. (Sidenote – that part now looks like a shark mouth skeleton to me.)
There was a very light spit-up stain on the collar area, so I used the ruffles/flowers to cover that up. To make the flowers, just take the strips of fabric and put them on your needle like an accordion, then pull tight. (Or sew large stitches, then pull tight.) Tie off.
Then I took my scissors and trimmed them all a little to make them semi-round. They don’t have to be perfect, but I didn’t want them to look obviously square.
Position them on the shirt to get an idea of how you want them sewed on, then sew! I just sort of held them there in a pile and sewed through in as many places as I could, sewing the individual flowers both down and together. Make sure it’s sewed well, so baby can’t pull it off into her mouth.
That’s it! Then stick it on a cute baby and you’re done! This would have worked a bit better if the onesie was longer…but I guess if it was longer, I wouldn’t have needed to cut it because it would have fit her! You could also sew a strip of coordinating fabric along the bottom to elongate it (or turn it into a simple dress), if you want. Maybe I do a separate post on that method later. I just went with this, though, as a cute and super-quick project so she could wear it to her aunt’s the next day.