It’s the last day of the Handmade Baby Clothes Onesie Month. Whew!! I hope you have enjoyed the different ideas to give that plain onesie some personality for your child. Today, I’m going to demonstrate how to embellish that plain onesie by adding a ruffle sleeve detail. I found a tutorial for a ruffle sleeve tank on the Sparkle Power! blog, and I thought it would be a great idea to adapt for today’s onesie embellishment.
You will need:
- plain, prewashed onesie
- lightweight woven fabric – 5 1/2″ x 20″
- sewing machine
- coordinating/contrasting thread
- fabric scissors
- iron/ ironing board
With the plain onesie, cut the sleeves off. Yup. Just cut ‘em off.
I first cut out my 5 1/2″ x 20″ rectangle from my fabric.
I folded it in half (so it was now a 5 1/2″ by 10″ rectangle) and cut it into two equal pieces.
Then I folded each piece in half again lengthwise, making the rectangles 2 3/4″ x 10″.
Now I freehanded with my fabric scissors a curve.
Fold the piece in half again and cut around your curve so the curves are the same.
Use the first piece as a template for the second.
When you’ve finished cutting, when unfolded each piece should look like this:
With the right sides together, sew around from curved edge to curved edge, leaving the long straight edge open. Repeat with other piece. (Sorry for the blur!)
Tip: Use your scissors to cut little slits around the curve for a better appearance once you flip the fabric right side out. Kinda like fringe.
So, as you could probably guess, now it’s time to flip the fabric right side out. Iron flat and top stitch around the curved side again. Repeat with other piece.
To finish the long flat edge, fold over twice and iron.
Then set your machine for a gathering stitch (loosen your upper thread tension by about 2, set your regular stitch to its longest length). As an example, see the pic below for the way I need to set my machine for a gathering stitch.
Sew two lines of gathering stitches over the folded part of the fabric. Do NOT backstitch.
See how it will look on the back? Now it’s easy to gather that fabric!
Gently pull the two bottom threads from each end of the fabric and it will gather, like so.
Now pin in place on the onesie, with the right sides facing. Somehow I don’t have a picture for this (!!), but imagine pins where you see rows of stitching in the picture below.
Stitch. (Return your tension and stitch-length to their normal settings!!)
Now it looks a little messy, but it’s easy to pull out and/or snip out the gathering stitches to clean it up. See?
I then did another pass of stitches all the way around the arm hole, securing the original serged edge to the inside of the onesie. This also helps hold the ruffle down a little more.
Complete all these steps for both arms, and You – Are – DONE!
Like other embellishment ideas, you could just add the ruffle, or you could do the ruffle in conjunction with another embellishment. The Shabby Chic Flower tutorial or the Ruffle Butt tutorial are a couple fun ideas.
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