Many infant girl clothes have ruffles. It’s practically inevitable. I’ve seen ruffles EVERYWHERE, and I don’t think there’s any place that shows more personality than on the tush. That’s right. The tush. So without further ado:
For today’s embellishment project, you will need:
- prewashed onesie
- two long strips of fabric, between 2 and 3″ wide and at least twice the width of your onesie
- sewing machine
- coordinating thread
Take your plain onesie and flip it over. This is where we’ll be focusing our attention today. Mark the proper location for the ruffles. I did mine in pen. Looking back now, I wish I hadn’t; I would recommend to mark it with pins instead.
Take your fabric and cut your strips. You will need to finish your ends somehow (zig-zag, serge, fold under, etc.). Remember that Oxford shirt I dyed back on Day 7? Well, it is making its appearance again for today’s embellishment. Being a lazy, ahem, efficient person, I’m going to take advantage of the hemming and cut my strip off the bottom. It pays to reuse!!
Either with loose tension on your sewing machine or by hand, sew a gathering stitch at the top of the fabric strip. Pull to gather.
Positioning the outer ends on the back of the onesie, I first tacked down the edges with my sewing machine.
Then I pinned the rest of the first strip in place. This will be the bottom strip.
NOW I zig-zagged across my gathering stitches.
One ruffle down!
On my second ruffle, I used a different part of the shirt (the button placket), so after I finished my ends by tucking them under and straight-stitching, I decided to gather this ruffle down the middle, where I already had thread showing.
Following the same steps as before, gather the strip, pin in place, tack the ends down, and sew over the gathering stitch (I used a straight stitch this time).
And now you have the most feminine onesie I can imagine (unless you did 3 ruffles!!)!
To sign off for today, I can’t resist showing you a sneak peak into my day, caught on camera:
Have a wonderful day! See you tomorrow with another onesie embellishment. Psst: this time it will be for boys!
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