Baby Girl Onesie

Baby Girl Onesie

Little behinds look so cute in ruffles…

As if babies aren’t already cute enough, we have to go and make them even more irresistible by creating things like little crocheted booties and ruffled onesies for them. Even the manliest of men couldn’t resist an adorable, ruffle-butted baby.

The most basic item in a baby’s wardrobe is the onesie, but who would’ve thought you could do so many different things with one little bodysuit? You can sew on ruffles or ties, draw on them, tie dye them, turn them into a cardigan or a romper. How do you decide?

The ruffled onesie is both classic and versatile, depending on your fabric choice. We warn you that this project takes a bit of sewing skills. The tutorial found on another one of our favorite blogs, Crap I’ve Made, gave us a basic understanding of how to create the onesie, but we modified it a bit and added some flair to the front.

It went something like this…


• Onesie
$15.00 @ Carter’s for a 5 pk
• Fabric
$1.59 per piece
(scraps from fabric store)
• Sewing Machine
• Iron/Ironing Board
• Buttons
• Tape Measure
• Fabric Pencil
• Thread
• Scissors



Bottom Ruffles:

1. Measure 3 strips of fabric 3.5 inches wide and 23 inches long (2.5 to 3 times longer than onesie).
2. Take one of the strips of fabric, fold in half and iron. We did this to avoid hemming and to make sure the ruffle would look good on both the top and bottom.
3. At each end of the strip of fabric, fold the ends in, making them look pretty.
4. Sew the two ends of the strip closed with a zigzag stitch.
5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 with the remaining strips.
6. Decide where you would like your ruffles. We made the center ruffle at the top of the leg holes and then measured about a 1/2 inch above and below the center line. Mark each line with pins or a faint pencil line.
7. Next, sew a gather stitch down the length of each strip.Make sure your gather stitch is fairly loose – we had to pull the stitch out and start over.
8. Starting with the bottom ruffle, pin the center of the strip to the center of the line.
9. Begin pulling the bobbin thread from each side, making sure you’re gathering the fabric evenly.
10. Pin the ruffle along the line making sure the ends line up with the ends of the onesie.
11. Sew along the top of the ruffle.
12. Fold the ruffle down and top stitch along the ruffle.
13. Repeat steps 8 through 12 on the remaining two ruffles.

Front Placket:

1. Using a scrap of fabric about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide, fold in each end to create a seam down the middle.
2. Sew a gather stitch down the center of the seam.
3. Pull the bobbin threads to gather the fabric about 3 inches long.
4. Line up the fabric with the center of the neck. Sew on using a top stitch down the length of the fabric.
5. Hand stitch the buttons.