Friday, November 18, 2011

Fat Quarter Friday: Onesie Dress with Embellishment

This week I made another embellished onesie dress, but this time out of a fat quarter! I got the original onesie dress tutorial from Prudent Baby. The embellishment is off of Sutton Grace. Both are amazing blogs!

1 Fat Quarter
1 Onesie (just a little bit too big)

*Note: Use 1/4 inch seams unless otherwise indicated.

Step 1: On the short edge, cut off a 2 1/2 in strip. Set this piece aside, we wont use it until the end.
Cut the remaining fabric in half (this cut will be perpendicular to the cut you just made).
Step 2: Take your two large pieces and place them right sides together. Sew down one of the short edges. Iron this seam open.
Along one of the long edges make a hem by folding the edge over two times and sewing it in place.
Step 3: Along the other long edge sew a basting stitch. Pull on the ends of the thread to gather the fabric. Keep gathering the edge until it is the same size as the waist on your onesie when the length of fabric is folded in half.
With your length of fabric folded in half (right sides together) sew the remaining short sides together. You now have a skirt!
Step 4: Mark on the inside and outside of your onesie where the waist is.
Step 5: Lay your skirt inside out with the gathered edge of the skirt up. Take your onesie (right side out) and slide it into the skirt opening so that the snappy part comes up through the gathered edge of the skirt. Make sure the gathered edge of the skirt matches up with the waist marks you made on the onesie.
Step 6: Fold down the snappy part of the onesie around the gathered part of the skirt and pin in place.
Sew around the folded edge giving yourself about a 1/2 in seam.
The skirt's done! Now for the embellishment.
Step 7: Take the 2 1/2 in strip, fold it in half long ways (wrong sides together) and sew along the open edge.
Iron the seam onto the back of the strip. This little trick makes it so we don't have to turn a long skinny tube right side out.
Step 8: Sew basting stitches along both long edges (about 1/8 in from the edge) and gather. You'll want to gather enough so that the piece can fit along the neckline of the onesie and the raw ends will hide under the envelope neck.
Step 9: Fold back the flaps of the envelope neck and pin the gathered strip in place. Pin in just under the bound edge of the neckline. Sew along the edges, pretty much right over the basting stitches from earlier.
Done! Doesn't she look cute?! Her big double chin is kind of covering up the embellished neckline, but I think she looks adorable (I think I may have some bias though).


  1. So cute!!!! We must follow all the same cute blogs! And I love all your sewing ideas! Look fwd to trying some of them out! I am always looking for more inspiration! : )! Thanks for following my blog too and leaving a comment! I love it!!!!

  2. easy way for gathering thought i might share. you need dental floss and a zigzag stitch..lay fabric right side up lay dental floss on top near edge with extra. then zigzag over top of dental floss make sure not to catch the dental floss when stitching. when you have gone all the way around. remove from machine take both ends of dental floss and pull this will gather the material. adjust gathers and attach to onsie as per instruction. zigzag stich should be in the seam allowance.after attached you can remove the dental floss. no breakage involved .i am going to make these for my friend's gdaughter, thanks for the pattern