tutorial tuesday: ruffle bottom onesie

As you know, I have a baby on the way so I thought it’d be fun to have a few weeks of baby-related tutorials (at least for me, haha!).

Katie Kortman of Blue-Eyed Freckle is the genius behind this ruffle bottom onesie tutorial. She has so many great ideas and is such an artistic and fashionable girl! We first met in college on a study abroad to New Zealand. You are going to love her.

(do you think baby boys can have ruffle bottoms? haha. kidding)


Materials needed:
-( 1 yard-ish) nylon chiffon or tule, or other non-fraying translucent material
-thread/ sewingmachine

1. cut 3 strips of the chiffon the lengths you want the ruffles to end up. make the strips about 3/4 to 1 inch wide.

2. next, cut out approx 9-12 circles per strip (depending on how long your strips are. mine were 5 1/2 in. long and I used 9 circles that were 2-3 in. in diameter).

3. Then you take the circles and sew them on. I am going to demonstrate this step-by-step so you can see how to scrunch the circles up. (first, fold the circle in half.)
do you just love my chipped gray nail polish?? J/K!!
(then fold it in half again)
4. Then you put the strip under the foot with one of the scrunched circles. Bring the needle down and sew a few stitches (and backstitch) over the point of the circle. To put the next one in, keep the needle down in the fabric, but lift up the foot. Insert another scrunched circle with the tip of the circle (the part in the photo above that is in between my thumb and index finger) about 1/2 in apart from the tip of the other one.  Sew some more. Continue to do this until you have circles covering all the strips.
5.Last: place the strips on the bum of the onesie and sew it down (over the same line that you sewed the first time)  Then FLUFF!!! and put it on your sweet baby girl! If you want to know how I did the front, here is a peek:
I cut out an oval of felt, and then sewed the circle onto it the same way I did on the strips. Then I sewed on 2 more pinked-edged felt ovals on top of that! easy peasy!
All pics in this post are by Katie Kortman. You can find the original ruffle bottom onesie tutorial on her blog.
And, you can find more of Katie here:
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2 comments to tutorial tuesday: ruffle bottom onesie

  • hey sarah! thanks for the guest post! you are way too nice. and if you aren’t overly busy i would still love for you to do a guest post on my blog!!

  • Jen

    Well, no, I didn’t know you were going to have a baby! I haven’t been keeping up! Congrats, when are you due? Please email me!

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