Monday, May 23, 2011

Ruffle Bum Onesie Tutorial


Cut 3 - 2" x 44" Strips of fabric
Cut 2- 2" x 22" Strips of fabric

Take one of the long strips and sew the short ends with right sides together to create a loop. Press, and repeat with the other two long strips. 
Leave the short strips as they are.

To create a ruffle: use a basting stitich (the longest stitch your machine allows) to stitch down the middle of each loop and both short strips. Leave the threads long on both ends.


 Hold the fabric in one hand and the thread at the beginning of your basting stitch in the other (the top thread only). Pull the thread while moving the gathering to create an even ruffle around the entire loop. eyeball the finished size your ruffled loop will need to be to lay flat around the onesie.

Pin your ruffle around your onesie about 3 or 4 inches up, then adjust the gathering to fit nicely and pull to add or remove some gathering, if needed. 
Stitch down the center of the ruffle all the way around, back stitching at the beginning and end. (don't forget to change your stitch length back to the standard size)

 Sew the other two ruffled loops to the onesie with the seams only about 1/2 inch apart, to achieve a  dimensional ruffled "skirt".

Now, turn the onesie over and attached the 2 short ruffle strips below the three you've already sewn. You can pull out the basting stitch if you so desire or leave it if you don't. Just trim up any extra long threads (like the one that's been driving me crazy in this picture) and you're finished.

P.S. You can serge the edges of the ruffles before you attach them if you aren't into the messy look like me :)

Linking here


Stephanie McDonnell said...

Love! It!

There is still time to link up your projects to our Throwback Thursday party.

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

Very cute! I love the look of messy little ruffles :)

Tanya said...

THIS is adorable...I wish I still had a little one - my daughter would probably hedge at this idea, at 22. :-) Happy Monday

Lorna said...

That is the CUTEST thing ever!!

Beeps said...

Ok, YES so cute!! Can't wait to make one for my god-daughter :) Thanks for sharing this tutorial

Simply Jessabells said...

So cute!

Unknown said...

Stopped over from Funky Polkadot Giraffe's giveaway. I think this is adorable! I am your newest follower and I am hosting my first giveaway at my site!

Shelia said...

This is just precious! My little granddaughter is 15 months old and I've got to make this for her! Thanks for the tutorial.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jill said...

Love the ruffle bum! Great colourful fabrics!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Chef in Training said...

this is so CUTE! I love it! I am officially your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

Unknown said...

This is SO Cute. I love the messy look, but what happens when you wash it. Does it fray a lot? I have always wanted to just sew ruffles on stuff, but I always worry about it fraying.

laura @

Unknown said...

I love you project. I need to make a gift for a baby shower this weekend. I am making this! Luckily, the baby is a girl! ;)

Unknown said...

I LOVE ruffle butts!! I am so making some of these so that my baby girl will still be cute and cool in the summer!
Thanks for shareing!!!
I am a new follower.

Brooke said...

Ahhh!! I love you! I've been trolling Trulia for weeks to find a rufflebutt, and here you post such an easy tutorial! I'm all over this. You are so my new hero. Totally subscribing to your blog today! Very glad you linked up on Sew Much Ado!

Katie said...

I love making custom onesies! Great job! I found you via It's Sew Stinkin Cute link party. I'm your newest follower and I'd love for you to link this up at Sew Woodsy

Tasha Anderson said...

Love this one too!!!! I'm now following:)
I'd love for you to share this also at my Pinkalicious Thursday Blog Party!


Stacey - Elle Belle said...

So cute! I love that you used various printed fabric!

~Robin~ said...

So cute! I'm going to make one (dozen LOL) for my 4 month old niece!

Unknown said...

Just wanted to let you know I am featuring you at MMM this coming week :)

Nikki said...

I'm about to have a baby girl, and I wanted to make something simular to this. So cute. I especially love that it goes all the way around. And I LOVE the "Sugar"!